Spider Veins Treatment

Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are small, dilated blood vessels that appear close to the surface of the skin and often resemble a spider’s web. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are typically not raised or swollen and are more of a cosmetic concern rather than causing significant discomfort or pain. Spider veins can form anywhere on the body but are commonly on the legs and face.

Me Clinic offers a variety of treatments for spider veins, including sclerotherapy and laser procedures, aimed at improving their appearance. These treatments are minimally invasive and can effectively reduce the visibility of spider veins, with results varying among individuals.

With over 35 years of experience, Me Clinic stands as a premier destination for vein treatments in Australia, having successfully treated thousands of patients with both varicose and spider veins. Our dedicated team is committed to providing personalized care to address your specific needs.

Surgical Warning: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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Common causes of spider veins

Spider veins, much like varicose veins, can develop due to a variety of factors, though their causes can slightly differ due to their nature and location on the body. Factors include:

  • Family History: Genetic predisposition plays a role; if your family members have spider veins, you might be more likely to develop them as well.
  • Age: Aging can lead to weaker vein valves and thinner skin, making spider veins more visible.
  • Gender: Women are more susceptible to spider veins, possibly due to hormonal fluctuations associated with menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.
  • Hormonal Influences: Birth control pills and hormone therapy can increase the risk of spider veins.
  • Pregnancy: Increased blood volume and hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to the development of spider veins, although they often improve post-pregnancy.
  • Sun Exposure: Prolonged sun exposure, especially on the face, can cause spider veins in susceptible individuals.
  • Lifestyle Factors: Prolonged standing or sitting can contribute to the development of spider veins, similar to varicose veins.
  • Obesity: Excess weight can put additional pressure on veins, leading to spider veins.
  • Skin Trauma: Injury to the skin can sometimes result in spider veins in the affected area.

While some high-intensity exercises might contribute to varicose veins, the relationship between exercise and spider veins is less clear. In many cases, regular, moderate exercise can actually improve circulation and reduce the risk of developing spider veins.

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Symptoms of spider veins

Spider veins, while generally not painful, can be a cosmetic concern for many. The signs and symptoms of spider veins may include:

  • Veins that appear red, purple, or blue, often visible as thin lines, webs, or branches on the skin.
  • Visibility of the veins close to the surface of the skin without the bulging or twisting commonly associated with varicose veins.
  • A slight discomfort or itching around the affected areas, although this is less common compared to varicose veins.
  • Rarely, a mild burning or stinging sensation in the legs, especially after prolonged periods of standing.

Unlike varicose veins, spider veins typically do not cause significant pain, heaviness, or swelling in the legs since they affect smaller vessels and are more superficial. However, if you experience any discomfort or are concerned about the appearance of spider veins, book a consultation at Me Clinic where our highly experienced vein doctors can find the best treatment options for your condition.

Treatments for spider veins

There are various effective treatment options available for spider veins, particularly focusing on their cosmetic appearance. These include Sclerotherapy, Laser Treatment, and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy. Here’s a brief overview of each option:

  • Sclerotherapy: This is a common treatment for spider veins where a solution is injected directly into the vein, causing it to scar and reroute blood to healthier veins. The treated vein then fades over time.
  • Laser Treatment: Laser therapy involves sending strong bursts of light onto the vein, which makes the vein slowly fade and disappear. No incisions or needles are used.
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy: Similar to laser treatment, IPL therapy uses a broad spectrum of light to target and diminish the appearance of spider veins, particularly effective for those on the face.

Each of these treatments has its own set of indications, benefits, and potential side effects, and the choice of treatment may depend on the individual’s specific condition, the location and size of the spider veins, and personal preferences. Consulting with a vein specialist doctor at Me Clinic can help determine the most appropriate treatment option.

Spider veins do not require surgery as they are often treated with the less invasive procedures above. Me Clinic aims for effectiveness in treatment and patient satisfaction, that is why we prioritise avoiding surgical intervention where necessary.



Performed By: Dr Ashley Granot (M0001026218) MBBS, FFMACCS (Med), FACP, FACNEM, ABBRM, MA5M Cosmetic Doctor, Melbourne

Spider veins – diagnosis and treatment

Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your treatment of spider veins at Me Clinic.

1) Consultation
When you contact us, we will arrange a one-on-one consultation with an experienced Me Clinic physician who will:

  • undertake an assessment of your individual condition
  • explain the various treatment options and likely outcomes
  • provide an overview of the treatment process and expected timeframes
  • undertake a general medical consult (in most cases), and
  • provide a quote outlining the associated costs of treatment.

2) Book your procedure
If you decide to proceed with treatment, we will schedule a time for you to undergo the procedure.

3) Conduct the procedure
The procedure will be performed. Your physician will advise on what to expect following the procedure. Depending on the chosen procedure, most patients are able to return home immediately following treatment.

4) Post-procedure
Depending on the type of treatment performed, you may need to attend a post-procedure check-up. We will also be available for you to contact us if you need to discuss any concerns or have any questions.

How to prevent spider veins

To enhance circulation and reduce the risk of developing spider veins, consider adopting the following practices:

  • Engage in regular physical activity.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Avoid prolonged periods of sitting or standing.
  • Choose loose-fitting clothing over tight garments.
  • Elevate your legs when possible.
  • Consider wearing compression stockings to support blood flow.

Costs involved with spider vein treatments

There are a number of factors that can affect the cost of spider vein treatments. a clear picture will be provided during your initial Me Clinic consultation with one of our physicians. Here is a summary of the main fees involved.

  • Consultation fee
  • Treatment fee, including anaesthetic fee if applicable
  • How many treatment sessions are required
  • The type of treatment necessary
  • Compression garment for recovery
  • Post-procedure care

Choose Me Clinic to treat your spider veins

Spider veins procedures at Me Clinic offer outstanding results. When you choose Me Clinic as a health care provider, you will benefit from working with a professional clinic with more than 35 years of experience in the cosmetic surgery field. Check out Me Clinic veins therapy before and after photos and success stories from real patients, and contact us for a treatment plan that will transform your appearance.

We are your support team every step of the way, including a quality after-care program to monitor your recovery and ensure you receive the best possible care. Book a consult with Me Clinic today and get your transformative journey started.

Our Practitioners Who Specialise in Spider Veins Treatment:

Dr Tim French

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Frequently Asked Questions - Spider Veins FAQs

Yes, it’s possible to significantly reduce or eliminate the appearance of spider veins with treatments like sclerotherapy, laser therapy and IPL therapy. However, results can vary and multiple treatments may be necessary for optimal outcomes.

Yes, spider veins can appear on the face, commonly around the nose, cheeks, and chin. They are often caused by sun exposure, aging, or hormonal factors.

Treatments such as laser therapy and IPL therapy are commonly used to address facial spider veins.

Spider veins are generally not a health risk and are more of a cosmetic concern. They typically do not cause discomfort or lead to more serious health issues. However, if you experience any symptoms or have concerns, it’s best to consult with a healthcare professional.

Yes, new spider veins can develop over time even after treatment, due to factors like genetics, aging, and lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and following preventive measures can help reduce the risk of new spider veins forming. Regular follow-up treatments may also be necessary for some individuals to maintain results.

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