Affecting between 30-50% of the adult population, the development of them is inevitable for many.  However, the good news is that they usually respond exceptionally well to easy, in-office treatment! Although they are tiny in size, they can have a big effect on one’s confidence. We’re talking about spider veins, those small, damaged veins that most often appear on the surface of the legs or face.

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What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins occur when blood pools in the veins closest to the surface of the skin. Although they can be caused by a number of factors, in many cases the exact cause is not known.

What Are the Risk Factors?

You may be at risk for developing spider veins if:

  • You have a family history of spider veins. 90% of people with spider veins have a family history of them.
  • You are female. Spider veins are generally more likely to occur in women due to hormones.
  • You are getting older. The veins weaken over time, so as we age, our risk increases.
  • You are overweight. The more weight-bearing your legs do, the greater the risk of developing spider veins.
  • You are pregnant. Hormone fluctuation and the extra stress on the veins during pregnancy contribute to the likelihood that one may develop spider veins.
  • You sit or stand in one position for many hours each day. 
  • You have sun damage on your face.
  • You have experienced excess pressure in the face due to coughing, sneezing, vomiting, or bearing down during childbirth.

What Treatments Are Available?

There are preventative measures that one can take to try to avoid spider veins, which include regular cardiovascular exercise, the frequent elevation of legs, maintaining a healthy weight, and wearing supportive stockings if you work a job that demands excessive standing.  Although they are not usually painful or harmful, most patients treat them for cosmetic reasons.  

 When you visit Dr. Cutchen at Albuquerque Vein and Laser Institute, you are trusting the care of your spider veins to Albuquerque’s most trusted dedicated vein center!  As mentioned above, they are generally cosmetic in nature; however, in some cases, clusters of spider veins, especially around the ankles, may require a deeper look, as it can be symptomatic of disease deep within the venous system.

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The gold standard of spider vein care is sclerotherapy injections. Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical spider vein treatment that involves the injection of an FDA-approved solution directly into the spider vein via a tiny needle. The injected solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to collapse and then to disappear over time. This treatment is an in-office one and takes roughly 25-30 minutes to complete. Some patients will have larger clusters of spider veins that will need to be treated on more than one occasion to accomplish full fading of the veins. Most patients require a series of 3-5 treatments on average over the course of several months. 

The tiniest of veins, usually found on the face/nose or sometimes the chest, are treated at Albuquerque Vein and Laser Institute with our Veinwave device. VeinWave is an FDA-cleared treatment for spider veins on delicate parts of the body such as the face and nose. It is a great treatment for spider veins that are too tiny for sclerotherapy needles. It works by delivering a series of pulses of radiofrequency energy to the vein wall causing the vein to close. It can instantly fade away spider veins on your face and nose.  Most patients will require 1-2 treatments for complete clearance.  Patients can also resume work and other daily responsibilities immediately after a treatment, which can be completed in as little as 15 minutes.

“My experience was first-rate. Dr. Cutchen is professional and down-to-earth at the same time.

I was very comfortable at this institute and the staff is friendly and helpful.

I also want to mention I am so happy with the results!!!

I highly recommend this Dr and Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute.” *

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Take The Next Step

If you are ready to address the spider veins that you are experiencing, then it’s time to take the next step by calling Dr. Robert Cutchen and his trusted spider vein specialist at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute at 505-848-VEIN or fill out the form on this page and one of our staff members will reach out to you promptly. Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute is located in the Journal Center area of Albuquerque and proudly serves vein patients throughout the entire Albuquerque area, as well as Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa, Los Lunas and other areas throughout New Mexico.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.