Spider Veins Specialist

Polaris Vein Center

Amanda S. Cooper, MD

Vascular & Interventional Radiology & Varicose Vein Specialist located in Columbus, OH

Spider veins are the tiny, superficial veins that look like a web or thin lines on the skin. Both spider veins and varicose veins are extremely common forms of vascular disease, with 80% of women having one or both by age 80. Experienced vascular specialist Amanda Cooper, MD, and the skilled team at Polaris Vein Center understand how distressing spider veins can be. They offer the most advanced treatments for spider veins, with no downtime needed. Call the Columbus, Ohio, office or schedule a consultation with online booking today.

Spider Veins Q & A

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are very small — 1 mm or less — and are usually red, blue, or purple. They're called spider veins because they often form small webs under the skin, but they can also appear as single small lines. Spider veins are most common in the legs, ankles, and feet but can appear in other parts of the body, too. 

How are spider veins and varicose veins different? 

The most obvious difference is the size. Varicose veins are at least 3 mm wide. Another key difference is that varicose veins stick out from the skin, often quite significantly. Often, varicose veins resemble twisted ropes rather than the more delicate-looking small webs or lines of spider veins. 

Spider veins usually don't cause symptoms, but they can occasionally lead to mild itching, irritation, and stinging. In most cases, spider veins are mainly an aesthetic concern. Varicose veins are not only an aesthetic concern, but also frequently cause a variety of troubling symptoms including: 

  • Itching
  • Fatigue
  • Burning
  • Leg pain
  • Tingling
  • Heaviness
  • Soreness
  • Throbbing
  • Cramping
  • Night cramps
  • Restless legs
  • Swollen legs
  • Discoloration of skin around the veins 

Spider and varicose veins can occur at the same time. When this happens, it's often a sign of underlying vein disease, such as chronic venous insufficiency. Vein disease is often progressive, so treating veins at the earliest point is always best. 

How are spider veins treated?

The Polaris Vein Center team evaluates your veins and recommends a personalized care plan for you. Spider veins are easily treated with minimally invasive outpatient procedures like sclerotherapy, in which an injected solution irritates your veins and makes them collapse and disappear. 

If you have both spider and varicose veins, the team recommends having varicose vein treatment first. Varicose vein treatment usually involves ambulatory phlebectomy, Venclose™, VenaSeal™, or ClariVein™. 

After that treatment, many patients experience fading of both varicose and spider veins. But if your spider veins linger after varicose vein treatments, sclerotherapy can help. 

Spider veins are unsightly, and they often go along with varicose veins that are even worse. Polaris Vein Center offers customized spider vein solutions to restore your legs to their beautiful best. Learn more about your treatment options by calling the office or scheduling a consultation with online booking now.