Spider Veins


You can have many more reasons than vanity to get checked out when you first notice spider veins on your face, legs or hands.

These annoying visible veins could indicate a serious blood flow condition that may worsen over time. Visit a highly trained and experienced vein specialist at the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey before jumping to any conclusions about spider or varicose veins. Even if they aren’t causing you any pain, spider veins can affect your confidence when they’re on your face. Now, there’s no need to suffer any discomfort when state-of-the-art vein treatment is available. Call for an appointment.

Spider veins are groups of tiny blood vessels that appear near the surface of your skin. They can be red, blue or purple. They often look like spiderwebs or tree branches, but they don’t bulge like varicose veins. Reticular veins or feeder veins are blue or purple in color, smaller than varicose veins but larger than spider veins. While spider veins can appear anywhere on your body, they’re most commonly seen on the feet, ankles, legs or face.

Spider veins usually aren’t harmful or painful, but when they develop on certain areas of your body, they’re more noticeable and may cause you to feel self-conscious. When the appearance of spider veins makes you uncomfortable, find someone who knows how to get rid of spider veins. In northern New Jersey, you have Dr. Dmitry Gorelik at the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey. Dr. Gorelik is an expert in treating spider veins and other vein and lymphatic problems you experience.

Signs and Symptoms of Spider Veins

The main sign of spider veins is the appearance of a patchwork of small veins that are visible on the surface of your skin. They’re usually painless, but they may create a cosmetic concern for you. They may also signal other medical illnesses.


Spider veins often occur along with other vein issues such as varicose veins, venous insufficiency or venous stasis ulcers, which are more serious vein complications. Spider veins on the legs sometimes cause a dull aching or burning sensation, particularly when you’ve been standing for a long period of time.

Causes and Risk Factors for Spider Veins

Healthy veins return blood to your heart. They have one-way valves within them to prevent blood from flowing backward. If your veins weaken for any reason, blood can leak backward and pool, causing spider veins or varicose veins. Several factors can contribute to the development of spider veins, including:



 Weak valves due to heredity

 Hormonal changes caused by puberty, menopause, birth control pills or hormone therapy

 Trauma or injury


Spider veins are more common in women than men, but do occur in both sexes. Working in an occupation that requires standing for long periods of time can increase your risk of developing spider veins in your legs.

Diagnosing Spider Veins

During your initial consultation, your NJ vein doctor diagnoses spider veins by observing their appearance, so in most cases no specialized tests are needed. If he’s concerned that there may be other problems in your arm veins, hand veins or foot veins, he may recommend running additional tests such as an ultrasound or venogram. There’s a possibility that your spider veins will disappear on their own if they’ve been caused by hormonal or temporary factors, such as pregnancy. These visible veins very often go away within three to 12 months.

Spider Vein Treatment Options

Consider spider vein removal if your spider veins are worsening or causing any discomfort. When choosing specialist, seek the advice of a physician, such as Dr. Gorelik. He listens to your concerns and offers treatments designed to keep you healthy and reach your cosmetic goals. Treatment methods include:

 Sclerotherapy. During this procedure, your doctor injects a solution into your veins that scars and closes them. Your blood is rerouted through healthier veins. You may experience some tenderness or bruising after the procedure, but this fades within a few days, resulting in an improved appearance in your skin.

 Laser therapy. No incisions are needed for spider vein laser treatment. This method involves directing a laser light into the vein, causing it to gradually fade and disappear within two to six weeks. While you may experience slight swelling and tenderness for a couple days, the side effects are minimal and short-lived.

Spider vein treatment improves your confidence if you’re unhappy with the appearance of your veins. Treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks. Several treatment sessions may be required to achieve desired results.

How to Prevent Spider Veins

You may be able to prevent spider veins from coming back by taking some precautionary actions, which your NJ vein specialist may recommend after a thorough exam. These include:

 Avoiding sitting with your legs crossed

 Avoiding standing for long periods of time

 Exercising regularly

 Elevating your legs when resting

 Losing weight

Controlling your weight helps reduce the amount of pressure that you’re putting on your blood vessels. Staying active improves circulation and increases muscle strength, too. To learn more and get effective spider vein treatment, contact the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey with multiple locations in Parsippany, Old Bridge and Sayreville.

Heart and Vein Center
2500 Morris Avenue , Suite 220
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: 201-205-2969
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