Spider Vein Treatments

Cosmetic Laser CentersSM treats unsightly and unwanted spider veins in the lower extremities and the face.

Sclerotherapy is a widely accepted and safe procedure for the treatment of spider veins. Spider veins are smaller, red or purple blood vessels that are not raised. Like varicose veins, they can be seen through the skin and are common on the legs. Spider veins are also common on the face as well.

Spider veins are caused by one or a variety of the following factors: obesity, heredity, a history of blood clots, prolonged standing, and hormones.

Sclerotherapy has been around for over eighty years and has been proven to be highly effective.

Sclerotherapy treatment involves the injection of a solution, called a sclerant, into the veins. This solution which is composed mostly of salt water, causes the vein to become irritated and inflamed. The result is that the vessel will stick together causing a clot, which leads to the formation of scar tissues that will eventually fade away. Although sclerotherapy uses a needle to inject the solution into the veins, it is relatively painless. Small needles are used so that the pain the patient feels is relatively minimal. Patients can experience minor cramping at the injection which will diminish fairly quickly. The procedure time will vary depending on how many veins need to be treated, but typically a procedure lasts between fifteen minutes to a half hour.

There is minimal downtime after this procedure and patients are advised to walk, as well as wear compression hose on the treated leg(s). Patients that have received sclerotherapy have reported a 50 – 80% reduction in the appearance of spider veins. Patients are warned that the results of this procedure may not be noticeable for several weeks after treatment.

Treatment of Lower Extremity Spider Veins

Pittsburgh Area Spider Vein Treatments


Sclerotherapy refers to the treatment of spider veins by injecting a solution, known as a sclerosing agent, into the small vessels which ultimately causes them to scar over and close. Once the small veins have scarred and closed, the body slowly reabsorbs them.

Every patient is different, but typically improvement of spider veins will require multiple sessions performed several weeks apart. After treatment, patients are encouraged to wear compression hose for several days, avoid the sun, and avoid strenuous exercise for a few days.



Treatment of Unwanted Facial Spider Veins or “Telangiectasias”

Although lower extremity vessels are treated with sclerotherapy, such treatment is not typically performed on the face. Instead, small vascular lesions and facial spider veins (including those seen with rosacea) are treated with light or laser treatments. The thermal or heat energy delivered from these devices triggers the vascular lesions to close, similar to the way spider veins on the legs respond to sclerotherapy. Two such devices Cosmetic Laser CentersSM offer includes:

Typically, numerous treatments are required spaced apart by a few weeks. Downtime is typically minimal to mild. Sun and other UV avoidance is imperative before and after treatments.