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Spider Veins

Spider veins, a milder type of varicose veins, are smaller than varicose veins and often look like a sunburst or "spider web." They are red or blue in colour and are commonly found on the face and legs, just under the skin. When the damaged section of vein (varicose vein) fills with blood and swells to its capacity, the overflow of blood creates tiny spider veins close to the skin.

This is why it is important to treat the underlying cause, and not just the spider veins that can be seen on the skin surface.


The process is the same whereby Dr Omotoso investigates, diagnoses and treats thread veins. The first step is to find out what is going on beneath the skin with a scan. As a specialist vein surgeon he looks for treatments beyond simply addressing the veins on the surface (which does not usually give good results in the long term, with thread veins coming back after treatment).

Although the exact causes for varicose and spider veins are unknown, pregnancy, heredity, prolonged standing, increased age, heavy lifting, and hormonal changes seem to be contributing factors.


Treatment for spider veins

Spider veins do not always require treatment other than self care, unless one is bothered by the way they look. However, if spider veins are a result of underlying venous disease, then the underlying condition causing the spider veins must be treated, as it could lead to further complications if left untreated.


1. Compression therapy.

Wearing compression stockings can help the symptoms or slow down the condition from progressing into varicose veins

2. Sclerotherapy.

This procedure involves the injection of a concentrated saline or specially-developed solution into the spider or small varicose vein. The solution irritates the inside of the vein and over time the vein will collapse and fade. Healthier blood vessels located nearby absorb the blood flow of the collapsed vein.


  If the looks or symptoms of your spider veins are bothering you, call us (506) 648-7013.

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