Do you ever catch yourself glancing at your legs and noticing spider veins? Do you suffer from troubling symptoms like aching, itching, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome? You’re not alone — millions of people around the world suffer from spider veins. In fact, most people who suffer from spider veins do so silently, unaware that the treatment for this condition is incredibly simple and convenient! But what exactly are spider veins, and should you be concerned beyond their cosmetic appearance?

Spider veins, as their name suggests, are small, dilated blood vessels that often form intricate, spider web-like patterns just beneath the surface of the skin. While they may seem harmless at first glance, these spider veins produce a range of uncomfortable symptoms. Perhaps you’ve felt the persistent leg pain, the itching that refuses to let up, or the swelling that worsens after a long day or after sitting for long periods, making everyday activities more challenging.

It’s widely believed that spider veins are purely cosmetic in nature. However, that’s not always the case. While spider veins don’t cause any health risks, they’re often symptomatic of a much more sinister underlying condition — chronic venous insufficiency. One of the most underdiagnosed conditions, the symptoms of vein disease often get brushed aside, misattributed to aging or exhaustion. However, if you have spider veins, you must consult board-certified vein doctors for a diagnosis and treatment.

At Long Island Vein Centers, we want you to know that we understand your concerns. That’s why we’re here to offer not only cosmetic relief but also a comprehensive approach to vein health. We specialize in minimally invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatments to address the root cause of spider veins, alleviate uncomfortable symptoms, and provide long-lasting results. Our board-certified vein doctors are dedicated to improving your overall vein health and ensuring that you enjoy legs that not only look good, but feel great too.

Below, we provide a description of the various minimally invasive spider vein treatments we may offer to address spider veins and underlying chronic venous insufficiency. If you notice the signs or symptoms of spider veins, please schedule an appointment at your nearest vein center in Long Island — we have offices in West Islip, Jericho, Hampton Bays, and Port Jefferson.

Discover the best minimally invasive spider vein treatments near you at Long Island Vein Center. Learn about diagnosis, procedures, and benefits today!

#1. Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a highly effective and minimally invasive spider vein treatment offered at Long Island Vein Center. During this procedure, a specialized solution is injected directly into the affected spider veins. This solution causes the veins to collapse and gradually fade from view. Sclerotherapy is a safe and relatively painless outpatient procedure, making it a preferred choice for many patients seeking relief from spider veins. While sclerotherapy is excellent at treating spider veins, it’s a purely cosmetic procedure, which means it can’t identify or treat underlying chronic venous insufficiency.

Possible Side Effects:

  • Mild bruising or swelling at injection sites
  • Temporary itching or discomfort
  • Skin discoloration (usually temporary)
  • Rarely, allergic reactions or ulceration (consult your vein doctor)

Benefits Of Sclerotherapy:

  • Minimally invasive
  • Quick outpatient procedure
  • Effective at eliminating spider veins
  • Minimal discomfort
  • No downtime
  • Improved leg aesthetics
  • Enhanced overall vein health

#2. Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)

Endovenous Laser Ablation, commonly known as EVLA, is a powerful procedure offered at Long Island Vein Center. It involves using laser energy to treat larger spider veins and varicose veins. During EVLA, a specialized laser fiber is inserted into the affected vein through a tiny incision. The laser emits precise energy, which heats and seals the vein, redirecting blood flow to healthier vessels. EVLA is a minimally invasive, highly effective, and virtually painless option for eliminating problematic veins and underlying venous insufficiency.

Possible Side Effects:

  • Minor bruising or swelling
  • Temporary discomfort or pain
  • Skin numbness or tingling
  • Rarely, infection or nerve injury (consult your vein specialist)

Benefits Of EVLA:

  • Minimally invasive
  • Highly effective for larger veins
  • Minimal pain or discomfort
  • Quick recovery
  • Improved venous circulation
  • Enhanced leg aesthetics

#3. Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a sophisticated medical procedure employed at Long Island Vein Center to address venous issues. During RFA, a catheter is inserted into the affected vein through a tiny incision. The catheter delivers radiofrequency energy that heats and seals the vein, causing it to collapse and reroute blood flow to healthier vessels. RFA is a minimally invasive and highly efficient technique, particularly suited for larger spider veins and varicose veins, offering patients a comfortable treatment option with minimal downtime.

Possible Side Effects:

  • Minor bruising or swelling
  • Temporary discomfort or pain
  • Skin numbness or tingling
  • Rarely, infection or nerve injury (consult your vein doctor)

Benefits Of RFA:

  • Minimally invasive treatment
  • Highly effective for larger veins
  • Minimal pain or discomfort
  • Quick recovery
  • Improved venous circulation
  • Enhanced leg aesthetics

#4. VenaSeal

VenaSeal is an innovative medical procedure available at Long Island Vein Center for treating venous issues. It involves using a medical adhesive to seal and close off diseased veins. During a VenaSeal session, a catheter is inserted into the problematic vein, and the adhesive is injected, effectively shutting down the vein. This process reroutes blood flow to healthier vessels, offering a minimally invasive, virtually painless solution for vein treatment, with rapid recovery and lasting results.

Possible Side Effects:

  • Minor bruising or swelling
  • Temporary discomfort or pain
  • Skin numbness or tingling
  • Rarely, allergic reactions or blood clots (consult your vein doctor)

Benefits Of VenaSeal:

  • Minimally invasive
  • Virtually painless
  • Quick recovery
  • Effective vein closure
  • Improved venous circulation
  • Cosmetic improvement
  • Long-lasting results
  • Minimal risk of nerve injury
  • No need for compression stockings

#5. ClariVein

ClariVein is an advanced medical procedure available at Long Island Vein Center for treating venous issues. This innovative treatment combines mechanical and chemical methods to close off problematic veins. During a ClariVein procedure, a specialized catheter with a rotating tip is inserted into the affected vein. Simultaneously, a chemical sclerosant solution is delivered to irritate the vein’s walls. This effectively shuts down the vein and redirects blood flow to healthier vessels. ClariVein offers a minimally invasive, virtually painless, and highly efficient solution for vein treatment with minimal downtime.

Possible Side Effects:

  • Minor bruising or swelling
  • Temporary discomfort or pain
  • Skin numbness or tingling
  • Rarely, allergic reactions or infection (consult your vein physician)

Benefits Of ClariVein:

  • Minimally invasive treatment
  • Combined mechanical and chemical closure
  • Minimal pain or discomfort
  • Quick recovery time
  • Improved venous circulation
  • Cosmetic improvement of legs
  • Long-lasting results

#6. Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory Phlebectomy is a specialized medical procedure offered for the removal of smaller varicose veins. During this outpatient procedure, tiny incisions are made in the skin above the targeted varicose veins. Special hooks or forceps are then used to extract the varicose veins, leaving behind minimal scarring. Ambulatory Phlebectomy is performed under local anesthesia, ensuring minimal discomfort and rapid recovery. It provides an effective and precise solution for eliminating unsightly varicose veins.

Possible Side Effects:

  • Minor bruising or swelling
  • Temporary discomfort or pain
  • Skin numbness or tingling
  • Rarely, infection or scarring (consult your vein doctor)

Benefits Of Ambulatory Phlebectomy:

  • Minimally invasive treatment
  • Effective for bulging varicose veins
  • Minimal pain or discomfort
  • Quick recovery
  • Minimal scarring
  • Immediately removes unwanted varicose veins

The Importance of Proper Diagnosis

Spider veins and varicose veins can be deceptively dismissed as mere cosmetic concerns. These unsightly veins are often the visible signs of a more significant issue: chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). CVI occurs when the veins fail to efficiently return blood to the heart, causing blood to pool in the legs. This can lead to a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including leg pain, swelling, and skin changes. Ignoring these symptoms can have long-term consequences, such as leg ulceration and deep vein thrombosis.

To accurately diagnose and understand the root cause of spider veins and varicose veins, Long Island Vein Center offers duplex ultrasound. This non-invasive imaging technique combines traditional ultrasound and Doppler ultrasound to provide a comprehensive assessment of the venous system. During a duplex ultrasound, a specially trained technician uses a handheld device that emits high-frequency sound waves to create images of the veins. These images allow our vein doctors to visualize the structure and function of the veins, helping them determine if you have underlying vein disease.

Benefits Of Duplex Ultrasound:

  • Locate the Source: Duplex ultrasound helps pinpoint the exact location of problematic veins, ensuring that treatment is targeted and effective.
  • Assess Venous Health: By examining the overall condition of the veins, vein doctors can identify hidden vein issues and underlying venous diseases.
  • Personalize Treatment Plans: Vein doctors can develop personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs. This targeted approach increases the likelihood of successful results and minimizes the risk of spider veins and varicose veins returning.

Visit Your Nearest Long Island Vein Center

Long Island Vein Centers has multiple locations across Long Island to serve you better. Whether you’re on the South Shore, North Shore, in the Hamptons, or near Port Jefferson, you can easily drive over to our vein centers. If you’re on the South Shore, you can find our vein center at 500 Montauk Highway, West Islip, right on the border of Suffolk County and Nassau County.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation. Our board-certified vein doctors will carefully examine your spider veins, determine if you have underlying vein disease, and curate a