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Dr. Robert Cutchen Albuquerque & Santa Fe

Meet Dr. Robert Cutchen

In 2009, Dr. Cutchen founded Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute, a clinic dedicated solely to the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease. His goal was to provide the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options all in the comfort of his office without the need for hospitalization. Our goal is to treat every patient the way we ourselves would hope to be treated.

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Vein Treatments Albuquerque & Santa Fe

Vein Treatments

We provide our patients with the most advanced and comprehensive vein treatments. See the difference between before and after.

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Aesthetic Treatments Albuquerque & Santa Fe

Aesthetic Treatments

We utilize the power of advanced laser technology to treat a multitude of cosmetic concerns. See what a difference our treatments can make.

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What are spider veins

Spider Veins, Varicose Veins

If you have visible veins, your first thought might be how to get rid of them. To understand how your team at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute treats these problem veins, you should understand a bit about the differences between varicose veins and spider veins. They often have different underlying causes that may or may not require treatment.  

What are Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?

Both varicose and spider veins usually appear red, blue, purple, or even green, depending on your skin tone. These are damaged veins that have become stretched, allowing the pigments inside them to become visible through the skin. Unlike spider veins, varicose veins can be a sign of a deeper condition called venous insufficiency that requires treatment to ensure healthy blood flow.

Spider Vein Albuquerque

Spider veins can appear on your legs, face, or other parts of your body, leaving many feeling self-conscious with the “webbed” appearance to their affected areas of skin. Spider vein treatments target these tiny vessels and damage them so your body can naturally eliminate them. You can achieve spider vein clearance on the skin on your face, legs, or anywhere else spider veins occur with the help of a vein specialist, such as Dr. Robert Cutchen.

What are Spider Veins?

Usually cosmetic in nature, spider veins appear as red, blue, or purple threads just under the skin. They form when the pressure inside the smallest veins in the body causes them to stretch and thin. Spider veins are usually less than 1 mm in diameter and have a branched or web-like appearance.  They often form in clusters, and clusters around the ankles can suggest a deeper venous problem, so it’s important to consult with a vein specialist over a dermatologist or med spa that offers sclerotherapy or laser treatments for spider veins.


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.