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Spider Veins

Found in the superficial layers of the skin, spider veins are skinny, threadlike veins that often appear on the legs and feet. These tiny veins can appear red, blue or purple in color, and rarely cause pain or present any medical problems.

Family history, hormones and pregnancy may play a role in the development of spider veins. A milder type of varicose vein, spider veins tend to appear more often in women than men. While they do not require medical therapy, spider veins can be cosmetically treated for those patients who find them visually unappealing.

At NorthShore, we offer sclerotherapy for the elimination of unwanted spider veins. A safe and highly effective treatment performed in the doctor’s office, sclerotherapy involves the injection of an FDA-approved medication directly into the affected veins. The solution irritates the interior walls of the vessel. This process works by closing off the spider vein, causing it to eventually shrink and disappear over a period of 4 to 8 weeks.

Typically, several sclerotherapy sessions are required for the best results and it may take several months for improvement to be seen.

We will work with you and your insurance company to determine if treatment is covered, and if not, will provide a cost estimate prior to treatment.

For More Information

Please call 847.663.8050 for more information on spider veins or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular specialists.