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Vein removal procedures either minimize or remove spider and varicose veins, improving the appearance of the affected areas. Spider and varicose vein removal includes a range of techniques such as laser treatment, surgery, and the use of natural creams and herbal remedies. The spider or varicose vein removal procedure most appropriate for you depends on the type and severity of your vein condition.

Spider Veins

Spider veins, the bundles of small red or blue veins that form near the surface of the skin, are an often embarrassing but common condition found in millions of adult women. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins; however, they are smaller in size and don't cause the pain generally associated with varicose veins. Read on to learn about the causes and prevention of spider veins, as well as the options for spider vein treatment.

Causes of Spider Veins

Spider veins are usually found on the legs and face. They can be spider-shaped or branch-shaped or appear as thin, short jagged lines. The three primary causes of spider veins are heredity, pregnancy, and prolonged sitting or standing. If other women in your family have spider veins, then you are likely to develop them as well. Shifts in hormonal levels during pregnancy can cause poor blood circulation, leading to spider vein growth. Finally, if your occupation or lifestyle entails standing up or sitting down for long periods of time, then your vein walls can experience increased pressure, and spider veins may develop as a result.

Other causes of spider veins include excess sun exposure, chronic constipation, certain medications and birth control pills, weight gain, and wearing high heeled shoes or tight clothing.

Prevention of Spider Veins

Several steps can be taken toward the prevention of spider veins. Avoid sitting down or standing up for long periods of time. If your job requires you to constantly sit or stand, try to take short walks every few hours. If you are unable to do so, move your feet up and down 10 times and repeat every 10 minutes. Keep your legs elevated whenever possible and do not cross them. Exercise regularly. Wear support hose and clothing that does not inhibit circulation. Avoid excessive sun exposure and heat on the legs, such as from hot tubs and hot baths. Make sure your diet includes enough fiber and try to maintain your ideal body weight. All of these preventive measures may delay or offset the development of spider veins.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are blood vessels that have become dilated and swollen. Red or purple in color, they tend to appear in the large veins that run the length of the leg, just below the surface of the skin. There are numerous causes of varicose veins, a common condition affecting millions of people, primarily women between the ages of 30 and 70. Learn more about the prevention of varicose veins and varicose vein treatment by reading the information below.

Causes of Varicose Veins

While the exact cause of varicose veins is currently unknown, doctors have determined that varicose veins form when blood vessels become weak and malfunction. With normal functioning, blood vessels carry blood from the lower extremities toward the heart, picking up oxygen along the way. From the feet to the legs and through the body, oxygenated blood gets pumped back into the heart muscle. When one or more of the blood vessels' valves have stopped closing properly or the vessel walls have become weak, blood in those vessels can no longer flow easily against gravity. Blood then collects in them causing them to swell, bulge, and form varicose veins.

There are a number of factors that seem to contribute to poor blood vessel functioning. Causes of varicose veins may include high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, heredity, and aging. Hormonal shifts and pregnancy may also be causes of varicose veins, although in pregnant women, varicose veins generally disappear within a year of childbirth. Standing for long periods of time has also been linked to poor circulation and may be another one of the causes of varicose veins.

Prevention of Varicose Veins

Strategies for the prevention of varicose veins include a program of exercise, healthy eating, and weight management. Daily exercise such as walking, jogging, swimming, or cycling keeps the pumps in the calf muscle working and promotes circulation. Good circulation is key to keeping blood from collecting in the veins. If you already have varicose veins, overly strenuous exercises should be avoided. Always talk to your physician before beginning any exercise program.

For the prevention of varicose veins, a healthy diet can also help-especially one high in fiber. Good eating habits promote bowel regularity and help people achieve or maintain an ideal weight. Individuals who are overweight or obese are more likely to have high blood pressure, putting an extra strain on blood vessels and making them more susceptible to becoming varicose veins.

For the prevention of varicose veins it is also recommended that you avoid tight clothes, high-heeled shoes, and standing for long periods of time.


Sclerotherapy is a popular non-surgical treatment for spider vein removal. Minimally invasive, sclerotherapy entails the injection of a solution introduced directly into the veins that causes them to turn white or fade, and eventually disappear. Learn more about sclerotherapy and how it works to improve the appearance of spider veins.

Laser Vein Removal

Laser vein removal is a technologically advanced procedure designed to diminish both spider and varicose veins using a highly concentrated beam of light energy. Laser spider vein removal and laser varicose vein removal are popular because they are minimally invasive, virtually pain free, and require no general anesthesia.


Appropriate candidates for laser vein removal are those individuals who have spider veins and varicose veins and the desire to change their appearance. The ideal candidates are non-smoking individuals who are physically healthy and psychologically stable. Since in laser vein removal lasers directly contact the skin, those with a tendency to form keloid scars are not ideal candidates. Skin tone can also be affected by laser vein removal treatment, so it is best to talk to your doctor about the type of laser appropriate for you. For more severe varicose veins, vein removal surgery may be necessary.


Laser spider vein removal and laser varicose vein removal allow individuals with unsightly and unwanted veins to have them removed safely, quickly, and effectively. Both laser vein removal procedures are minimally invasive and are performed while the patient is conscious. Because lasers are so precise, there is little to no risk of burns or blisters on the skin.

Spider Vein Removal

In laser spider vein removal, light passes through the skin and sends pulses of energy to the targeted vein without harming the surrounding tissue. As the blood absorbs the light, it heats up and causes the targeted vein to shrink, eventually resulting in its disappearance. Laser spider vein removal requires no injections and no incisions. Generally, patients only experience a minimal amount of heat. Treatment time is about 20 minutes but may be longer or shorter depending on the severity of the veins and the size of the affected area. For optimal results, several laser spider vein removal sessions may be necessary.

Varicose Vein Removal

Laser varicose vein removal (endovenous ablation therapy) is used to treat deeper varicose veins. During the laser varicose vein removal procedure, the doctor uses a small tube to conduct laser energy into targeted blood vessels. First, the area to be treated is anesthetized and a small incision is made for tube insertion. At the end of the tube is a probe that emits laser energy. Once inserted, the energy shrinks vein walls so that blood no longer flows through them. Blood is instead redirected to healthy veins resulting in improved appearance. In addition to the treated blood vessels, connected veins on the surface of the skin typically fade as well.


Recovery from laser vein removal varies from person to person, but typically there is no downtime. Patients can resume normal activities almost immediately. There may be some minor bruising which tends to gradually fade within a week or two. Swelling of the treated area can also occur but usually subsides within a few days of treatment. Some doctors recommend the use of compression stockings after laser vein removal. Complications of laser vein removal treatments are rare; however the risk of complications increases if the procedure is performed incorrectly.


With laser spider vein removal and laser varicose vein removal, veins fade significantly or clear completely. Skin looks more uniform and youthful. Although laser vein removal may not correct all the imperfections of the treated area, the overall results are successful; most patients are satisfied with treatment. Laser vein removal does not prevent new veins from forming, however. If new veins appear over time, further treatment may be needed to maintain the results of previous treatment.

Vein Removal Surgery

Vein removal surgery is generally reserved for people with more severe varicose veins. In vein removal surgery, varicose veins are either ligated or removed from the affected area. Most varicose vein removal surgery requires small incisions and a local anesthetic.  A type of vein removal surgery called ambulatory phlebectomy removes unwanted varicose veins from the legs. Done as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia, your plastic surgeon or cosmetic dermatologist will make tiny incisions in the skin and remove the veins in small segments. No stitches are required and, with the exception of wearing a compression bandage for seven days, patients can return to their normal activities within 24 hours of treatment.


Individuals who are in good health and who have reasonable expectations are candidates for vein removal surgery. Ambulatory phlebectomy should not be performed on patients who are allergic to local anesthesia, who are not able to walk on their own, or who cannot wear the compression bandages. If you want to remove your varicose veins in a quick and minimally invasive outpatient procedure, talk to your plastic surgeon or cosmetic dermatologist about ambulatory phlebectomy vein removal surgery and its costs.


Vein removal surgery (ambulatory phlebectomy) begins by numbing the area with a local anesthetic, thus the procedure is virtually pain free. Small incisions (as small as 1mm) are made on the outside of the vein. A tiny hook is then inserted into the incision, and a small portion of the varicose vein is removed. This is repeated until the entire vein is removed. Ambulatory phlebectomy is a quick procedure, and because the incisions are so tiny, no stitches are required.


Following vein removal surgery, patients will be required to wear a compression bandage for about a week. The compression bandage will ensure proper healing, as well as alleviate discomfort and swelling in the area. Mild swelling and discomfort should subside within the first few days following ambulatory phlebectomy. Additional side effects include swelling, bruising, and bleeding at the site of the procedure but these should subside within 24 hours of vein removal surgery. Patients can resume their normal activities the day after the procedure, though strenuous physical exercise is prohibited for two weeks following the surgery.

Side Effects

There are some potential side effects and complications that may occur after vein removal surgery, including:

  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia 
  • Infection 
  • Bruising 
  • Swelling 
  • Pain 
  • Thrombophlebitis 
  • Numbness result from injury to the sensory nerve 


Vein removal surgery yields excellent results, both short and long-term. Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that doesn't require stitches, and scarring is minimal to nonexistent. Since the varicose veins are manually removed, they should not come back, although patients with a family history of varicose veins may see them return in time. When the compression bandage is worn for the first week, as directed, healing from vein removal surgery is quick and involves very little, if any, pain.

Natural Vein Removal

Natural vein removal is a popular alternative to vein removal surgery, sclerotherapy, and laser vein removal. Though ideal results are not always achieved with natural vein removal, many patients are willing to devote time to using vein removal creams and herbal remedies in order to get rid of unattractive spider and varicose veins. However, patients should be aware that many natural remedies are not proven effective, especially for patients with moderate to severe aesthetic issues. If you are unhappy with the appearance of veins on your legs, arms, or another area of your body, it is best to consult a medical specialist about your options.


There are several natural vein removal creams available to individuals who want to diminish the appearance of unpleasant spider veins and varicose veins. Invisible VeinsTM is a cream that has been used in Europe for over 30 years and claims to help strengthen veins and improve overall circulation in the legs. Venarin Crème and VenarinMax Crème combine several natural elements into a silky lotion that works from the outside to rid legs of spider and varicose veins. Dr. Perricone's Anti-Spider Vein formulas, Vita-K Solution® for Spider Veins, Natural Care Ultra VeinGard, Vein Away, Vein Away Plus, Palmer's Skin Success® Spider Vein Cream, and Clear Vein Cream® are only a few of the natural vein removal products available to consumers today. Some of them are only available online or through a dermatologist; others, such a Palmer's Skin Success® Spider Vein Cream, can be found in many drugstores.

Herbal Remedies

Natural vein removal herbal remedies work from the inside to decrease the size and color of spider and varicose veins. A popular herbal remedy, Venarin Supplement is made up of sophora japonica extract, horse chestnut extract, butcher's broom extract, and grape seed extract. The company believes that their product is effective in eliminating problematic spider and varicose veins, and they provide a full satisfaction guarantee. Venarin also has a complete line of natural vein removal crèmes, and recommends using both the supplements and the crèmes at the same time to achieve maximum results.

The herbal remedies that are found in the Venarin Supplement as well as many other popular natural vein removal supplements, such as VeinEase, can be purchased in many health food stores.

Do Natural Treatments Work?

Natural vein removal creams are made up of many of the ingredients that can be found in most hand lotions, with the addition of a few unique components. Some individuals report a dramatic reduction in size and color of their veins, while others don't find natural vein removal treatments to be successful. Even though the effects take longer to achieve and ongoing treatment may be necessary, many individuals choose natural vein removal remedies because they generally cost less than vein removal surgery, sclerotherapy, and laser vein removal.

Vein Removal Costs

Spider and varicose vein removal costs depend on the treatment type. Sclerotherapy and laser vein removal range from $100 to $3,000. Surgical vein removal can cost upwards of $2,000. For creams and herbal remedies, the cost can be as low as $5. 


Consult a Vein Removal Specialist for More Information

To learn more about spider and varicose vein removal treatments, contact a vein removal specialist. You can locate a qualified vein removal specialist on DocShop and have all of your questions answered.

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