Spider Veins Specialist

North Atlanta Vascular Clinic

General and Vascular Surgery located in Cumming, GA, Johns Creek, GA, Lawrenceville, GA, & Roswell, GA

Visible blood vessels such as spider veins can be embarrassing and even painful. The skilled team at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic treats spider veins at five locations in Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Cumming, Roswell, and Lawrenceville, Georgia. To discover the right spider vein treatment for you, call or book an appointment online today.

Spider Veins Q & A

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but smaller. These veins usually appear as red, thread-like lines that resemble spider webs.

Though spider veins are visible beneath the skin, they don’t cause the skin to bulge out the way varicose veins do. The most common places for spider veins to develop are on the legs and face.

Who gets spider veins?

Spider veins can happen to anyone, but they’re most common among women. As many as 50% of women get spider veins at some point in their life. Certain factors may increase your risk of spider veins, such as:

  • Family history of spider veins
  • Advancing age
  • Hormonal changes
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity

People who spend a lot of time sitting or standing on a daily basis may also be more susceptible to developing spider veins.

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins result from weakness or insufficiency in the valves that control the direction of blood flow in your veins.

Healthy veins contain one-way valves that push oxygen-poor blood back to your heart. When these valves weaken, blood may flow backward or pool inside your vein. The accumulated blood puts extra pressure on the walls of your vein, causing it to become red and swollen.

Through the surface of your skin, a small vein that’s become swollen with pooled blood appears as a spider vein.

When should I see a vascular surgeon for spider veins?

Some spider veins cause pain or are the result of an underlying problem, such as a blood clot or chronic venous insufficiency. You should schedule an appointment at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic any time a visible vein causes pain or occurs with the following symptoms:

  • Color changes in your skin
  • Sores or rashes on your skin
  • Swelling, redness, and warmth to the touch

Spider veins that aren’t a serious medical problem may still cause aesthetic concerns. If you find your spider veins difficult to live with for any reason, the team at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic helps you find a solution.

How do you treat spider veins?

The team at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic offers the most advanced treatments for spider veins. After thoroughly reviewing your medical history and performing a physical exam, they recommend the best treatment for your condition.

Common treatments for spider veins include:

  • Exercise and elevating your legs
  • Wearing compression stockings
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Laser treatments

To learn more about spider vein treatment, call North Atlanta Vascular Clinic or book an appointment online today.