CALL US TODAY! (941) 926.2300 Like us on Facebook Like Subscribe to receive Specials Subscribe Read our Blog Blog

Leg Vein Treatments

Spider Vein Treatment

"About 20% of us suffer from varicose veins, blood vessels just beneath the skin that have widened and twisted due to defections in the valves. Particularly bad cases can lead to ulcerations making the problem even more embarrassing."

Spider Vein and Vein Therapy

Are you tired of those unsightly red and blue vessels in your legs or hands? If so, we can help.

  • Up to 25% of women and 18% of men will suffer from varicose veins

  • If both parents have varicose veins, your chances to develop the disease are close to 90%
  • If one parent is affected, daughters have a 60% chance while sons have a 25% chance of developing the disease

  • 60% of leg ulcers are due to varicose veins

  • Left untreated, nearly 50% of patients will eventually experience chronic venous insufficiency

Dr. Abrams uses sclerotherapy to safely remove unsightly veins. This is a walk-in, walk-out procedure with no anesthetic required.
Often treating one vein can affect numerous veins, causing an entire network of vessels to be eliminated. The procedure is fast with minimal discomfort and great results. There is no downtime and you can resume normal activity immediately. Multiple treatments are usually necessary to achieve maximal improvement.

Spider veinsWhat are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small enlarged superficial blood vessels that appear red or blue. They commonly occur on the legs, but frequently occur on the face or elsewhere.
These dilated blood vessels may be short, unconnected lines each about the size of a large hair, or connected in a matted, "sunburst" pattern. They may also look like a spider web or a tree with branches. Sometimes, they occur in a small area and aren't very noticeable, or they can cover a large area of skin and be quite unattractive.
Larger dilated blood vessels called varicose veins may be raised above the skin surface. They may occur along with spider veins.
Patients can have pain, ranging from a dull throbbing pain to a burning sensation. The larger vessels are more likely to cause discomfort, although smaller blue veins have been shown to cause pain.
If spider veins are unsightly or uncomfortable, they can be treated with laser, or by injection of a solution whtat will cause them to disappear or become much smaller. There is about a 50-90 percent chance for a greatly improved appearance.


What causes these blood vessels to become visible?

Varicose treatment The cause of spider veins is not completely known. In many cases they seem to run in families. Identical twins can be affected in the same area of the body and to the same extent. The condition reraly occurs as part of an internal disease.
Spider veins appear in both men and women, but more frequently in women. The female hormones may play a role in their development. Puberty, birth control pills, pregnancy, or hormone replavement therapy often seem to bring them out. They may also appear after an injury, or as a result of wearing tight girdles, or form hosiery held up with tight rubber bands. Spider veins may also occur in association with large varicose veins.
Spider veins on the nose or the cheeks of fair skinned persons may be related to sun exposure.

How are unwanted blood vessels on the legs treated?

The injection method, a procedure called sclerotherapy is used to treat unwanted blood vessels. One of several kinds of solutions, called sclerosing solution, is injected with a very fine needle directly into the blood vessel. This procedure has been used for spider veins since the 1930’s and before that for larger veins. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell, stick toghtherm and the blood to thicken. Over a period of weeks, the vessel turns in o scar tissue that is absorbed, eventually becoming barely noticeable or invisible.
A single blood vessel may have to be injected more than once, some weeks or months apart, depending on its size. In any one treatment session a number of vessels can be injected.
The solutions available are slightly different and the choice of which solution to use depends on several factors including the size of the vessel to be injected. Dr. Abrams, D.O, will choose the solution that is best for your particular case.
Occasionally larger varicose veins are underneath or associated with the spide weins. In such cases, some phusicians believe these vessels should be treated before the spider veins. This can be done by sclerotherapu , intevascular lase, or radiofrequency, folloed by compression.

Spider Vein

How successful is sclerotherapy?

After several treatments, most patients can expect a 50 percent to 90 percent improvement. However, fading is gradual, usually over months. Diappearance of spider veins is usually achieved, but similar veins may appear in the same general area.


Can sclerotherapy or lasers be used on all skin types?

Yes. All skin types and skin colors respond equally well.

Will insurance cover the treatment of unwanted blood vessels?

Insurance rarely covers treatment of spider veins but may sometimes cover larger vein treatment. If the treatment is solely for cosmetic reasons, it may not be covered. Sometimes a second opinion, laboratory studies, or photographs are required by insurance companies before treatment is started to get the procedure covered for larger varicose veins.

Are there side effects to spider vein treatments?

Even with a highly experienced physician performing the treatment, there are some possible side effects.We recommend scheduling a consultation with Doctor Abrams prior to the treatment.

Leg Vein Treatments

Will treated veins recur?

Larger veins may recur even after surgical procedures. Spider veins may also recur. It may seem that a preciously injected vessel has recurred, when in fact, a new spider vein has appeared in the same area.


Is a history of blood clots in the lungs or legs a reason to avoid therapy?

Not necessarily, but the procedure must be done with caution to lessen the risk of blood clots.


Are there other treatment methods?

Surgically tying veins off (ligation), or pulling them out (ambulatory phlebectomy), are other procedures for treating unwanted blod vessels. These methods are usually reserved for larger varicose veins.

What do I do after treatments?

Dr. Abrams recommend to bandage the injected areas and instruct patients to “compress” the treated vessels by wearing support host. This help seal the treated vessels, keep the blod form collecting under the skin, and reduce the development of dark pots. It also help reduce the number of treatments necessary, and the possibility of recurrence.

Hand Treatment Upper Leg Treatment Lower Leg Treatment
sclerotherapy on hands removal of veins on hands Spider Vein spider veins sclerotherapy-before sclerotherapy after
Before After Before After Before After

Do you have other questions?

Please schedule an appointment and we can work with you in determining the best options available to reach your goals.


Contact us at 926-2300 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our special packages.

Abrams Dermatology
Home | About | Medical | Cosmetic | Aesthetic | Skin Conditions | Education | Products | Videos & Blog | Email | Sign Up!
(941) 926-2300 • Toll Free (866) 271-8796 • 3328 Bee Ridge Road • Sarasota, FL 34239

Legal Notice | Copyright © 2002 -2020 Bradley J Abrams, D.O., P.A. Abrams Dermatology- All rights reserved