Spider Veins Specialist

Dmitry Gorelik, MD -  - Board Certified Cardiologist

Heart and Vein Center

Dmitry Gorelik, MD

Cardiologist and Vein Doctor in West Orange, NJ and Greater New York City Area

The most common complaint associated with spider veins is their effect on the skin’s appearance. Dmitry Gorelik, MD, a board-certified cardiologist and vein specialist, skillfully examines and treats tiny webbed spider veins at his private practice in West Orange, New Jersey. If you don’t like the way your spider veins look or if they come with additional symptoms, call Dr. Dmitry Gorelik today or book your appointment online.

Spider Veins Q & A

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are visible red, blue, or purple veins on your skin’s surface that you might find to be irritating or unattractive. They’ve earned their name because they look similar to spider webs or small branches. While they’re usually painless, you might find them especially annoying if they appear on your face.

Blue veins visible on the face and veins on the breasts during pregnancy are two common types of spider veins, but they can take on many forms. They vary in color, size, and location. 

In a few cases, spider veins are a sign of a more serious underlying condition. While examining you during your initial appointment, Dr. Gorelik first observes the veins directly. If he suspects other underlying health complications are causing or contributing to your spider veins, he may also perform an ultrasound or venogram. 

What causes spider veins?

One or more factors can contribute to the development of spider veins, and Dr. Gorelik can help you identify contributing factors during your consultation. You might get spider veins if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are obese
  • Are aging
  • Have a traumatic injury
  • Are in menopause
  • Are going through puberty
  • Take birth control pills or other hormones
  • Are genetically predisposed to faulty valves
  • Stand or sit for long periods 

Since your veins contain valves that help the blood move against gravity toward your heart, a malfunction of these valves can result in blood pooling in place. This is often a major contributing factor to both spider veins and varicose veins. 

If your condition is temporary, like pregnancy, your spider veins might fade away on their own after you give birth and your hormones return to normal levels. 

Where do spider veins usually appear?

Spider veins can appear in many different areas, but they’re often most concentrated on the face, where they affect your appearance the most. You can also get them on your:

  • Legs
  • Ankles
  • Feet
  • Hands
  • Chest
  • Breasts

Spider veins can appear nearly anywhere, and it’s up to you whether or not to treat them cosmetically. Dr. Gorelik can also confirm that your spider veins are no cause for concern. 

What are my treatment options for spider veins?

Dr. Gorelik specializes in two highly effective treatments for spider veins that he performs conveniently in his office. After performing an evaluation and listening to your concerns, he may recommend:

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure involving an injection of a chemical called a sclerosant. Dr. Gorelik injects the sclerosant into your spider veins, where it irritates the walls and causes them to collapse. Soon, the spider veins fade from view as the blood reroutes through other vessels. 

Laser vein removal

Laser therapy or laser vein removal, a less invasive option for spider vein treatment, does not require incisions or injections. Dr. Gorelik aims a powerful laser light at your spider vein. The heat from the laser causes the vein to gradually close over the span of 2-6 weeks. 

For more information about spider veins and effective treatments to minimize them, call Dr. Dmitry Gorelik, or book an appointment online today.