Spider veins are small, thin veins that lie close to the surface of the skin and appear blue, red or purple in color. Although these veins are part of the larger venous system, they are not essential and may be removed. Spider veins most often occur on the legs, but can be on the face or elsewhere on the body. Factors contributing to the development of spider veins include heredity, pregnancy, weight gain, alcohol abuse, medications, medical conditions, and occupations that require prolonged standing.
Varicose veins differ from spider veins in significant ways. Varicose veins are larger than spider veins, often a quarter-inch in diameter. They tend to bulge and are darker in color. They can be painful and may indicate more serious disorders of the veins.
The Kopelson Clinic specializes in spider and varicose vein treatments, including sclerotherapy and/or the Nd:YAG laser for the legs, the Pulsed Dye Laser, the Nd:YAG laser, or the IPL machine for the face.
We are usually able to schedule consultations within 1-2 business days. Cosmetic procedures like Botox/Dysport, Injectable Fillers, and Sclerotherapy can be performed during the appointment. Laser treatments for hair removal, skin tightening, or resurfacing can be scheduled within 1-2 weeks. Surgical procedures are usually scheduled within 1-3 weeks after the initial consultation.