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• October 13, 2018

Spider Vein Removal – What you Need to Know

Spider Vein Removal

Spider vein removal is one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures at Canada MedLaser Clinics. While not as visible or textured as varicose veins, spider veins are an unsightly and distracting presence that occurs most often on the legs and can age skin’s appearance by up to 10 years. Here, we’ll explore what causes spider veins and what you can do to minimize or eliminate the appearance of these tiny veins from your skin, including laser options.

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are thin blue, purple or reddish veins that are visible through the skin. They commonly occur behind the knees, on the face, and anywhere on the legs. While age increases the appearance of this skin issue, they are also found on children as well due to heredity and sometimes hormone changes.  While spider vein removal is often not a priority when they occur on children, this can, occasionally, be cause for concern, especially if varicose veins are also forming. If you notice big or bulging varicose veins on a child, a visit to the doctor is likely to be necessary.

Similarly, spider veins in adults are also very rarely a sign of anything more and spider vein removal is only necessary as an aesthetic concern. In most cases they are simply dilated blood vessels that are close to the surface of the skin. Common causes include:

  • Weight gain
  • Blood clot history
  • Heredity
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Occupations that require a great deal of standing including:
    •  medical professionals, teachers, waitresses and hair stylists.
  • Hormonal fluctuations brought on by:
    •  menopause, puberty, pregnancy or hormone replacement
  • Pressure on the stomach from:
    • Constipation, tumors and restrictive garments like corsets.

Where is Spider Vein Removal Used?

If spider veins have plagued you for some time, you may be wondering if it’s even possible to address them in certain areas. Spider vein removal can be performed on most areas of the body and even on the face – which is a common place for fair skinned people to form unsightly spider veins.

Canada MedLaser Clinics uses industry-leading equipment and methods for spider vein removal to ensure you get optimal results no matter where your spider veins occur. During your consultation, we’ll assess your skin and veins to ensure you get the proper treatment that will produce the best and most efficient results.

Related article: Don’t Let Spider Veins or Broken Capillaries Limit Summer Wardrobe

When should you be Concerned about Spider Veins?

As we’ve already discussed, spider veins are rarely cause of medical concern. However, they can occasionally be a sign potential blood clot issues. If you’re experiencing heaviness or soreness in your legs and if you also have varicose veins in addition to spider veins, each of these could be signs of other potential issues. At Canada MedLaser Clinics, we’re concerned with your total health and will discuss both spider vein removal and assess potential causes for your veins that may also need to be addressed.

Who Gets Spider Veins?

While spider veins are more commonly found in women due to hormone fluctuations, childbirth and other environmental factors, men can also suffer from them quite frequently as well. They are, however; much more common in older people and weight gain can increase their appearance.  Though more women seek out spider vein removal than men on average, laser treatment is successful for all who suffer from this skin condition.

Options for Spider Vein Removal

There are two primary treatments for spider vein removal including: Sclerotherapy and Laser removal. While Sclerotherapy has proven to be effective, it involves an incision and injection into the vein, making it more invasive than laser and also upping the chance of pain and other complications.

Moreover, spider veins’ size makes them good candidates for lasers which will not have to fight to locate them. Spider vein removal with laser is less invasive, has few if any side effects and you are likely to see results in just a few short sessions.


The most important thing to remember about spider veins is that they are likely not a sign of any bigger issues. However, if you’re experiencing pain or swelling in the legs, it is recommended that you see your primary care physician. When it comes to spider vein removal, lasers offer an effective and painless option. To get started with treating your spider veins, call Canada MedLaser Clinics.

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