Chapter 14: Spider Veins/Telangiectasias Therapy

Original authors: Jose I. Almeida,  Thomas M. Proebstle and Jeffrey K. Raines

Abstracted by Michael C. Dalsing.


  • Introduction
  • Etiology and Diagnosis
  • Treatment and Results
  • Conclusions
  • Commonly asked questions
    • What are spider veins?
    • What causes spider veins?
    • Are there ways to get rid of my spider veins?


Spider veins are very small blemishes within the skin. The cause of the spider veins must be sought and treated prior to taking care of the skin blemish. To eliminate the spider veins, currently two treatments are commonly used; Laser treatmentuses light to heat the spider vein resulting in scarring while sclerotherapy uses drugs to damage the inside of the vein resulting in scarring. Each method has risks including a worsened cosmetic appearance for the potential benefit of eliminating the blemish.

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