Why You Shouldn’t Put Off Spider Vein Treatment

When spider veins appear on your legs you are likely to have questions and concerns about them. Why did these occur? Will they get worse through time? They look terrible, but are they a health risk? My parents had severe vein problems, will my legs look like my mother’s or my father’s legs? How can I get rid of them?

What Are Spider Veins?

Simply put spider veins (telangiectasia is the actual medical term) are small dilated red or blue veins. They tend to breakout in clusters. The clusters are related to larger dilated blue veins which are feeding the clusters. Initially they are a cosmetic concern for most people, however, they only get worse through time.

Potential Health Risks Of Spider Veins

As spider veins worsen, they are commonly associated with leg cramping, restless leg syndrome, fatigue and sometimes even bleeding. Skin over the spider veins can develop a brown discoloration, which can be permanent. The predisposition for developing spider veins tends to run in families. The symptoms and complications of spider veins worsen through time due to the effects of gravity on the veins in the legs.

Factoring In Other Variables

In addition to heredity, there are other factors that can contribute to the development of spider veins.

– Aging

– Pregnancies

– Hormones

– Standing occupations

– Low fiber diet

– Obesity

– Unhealthy underlying veins

While most patients with mild to moderate spider veins on their legs do not have problems with underlying veins in their legs, all patients with spider veins who are seen at The Vein Center of Orland Park are screened to evaluate the health of the underlying veins at the time of their evaluation. Should there be a problem it may need to be addressed prior to treating the spider veins.


The gold standard for treating spider veins in our legs is sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is a method of closing the dilated veins by injecting them with an FDA approved medication. During treatment the larger feeding veins are also treated to reduce the progression of recurrent spider veins through time. Closing the dilated veins prevents the stagnation and pooling of blood in the legs and symptoms are usually relieved or greatly improved.

Orland Park’s Trusted Vein Specialist

Dr. George Kuefner has been exclusively treating venous disorders for over thirty years. If you are interested in having an evaluation for spider vein treatment, make an appointment to see Dr. Kuefner at The Vein Center of Orland Park, for your complimentary consultation, (708) 460-8800.

We look forward to seeing you at our office!