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Spider Vein Treatment Specialist

Bradley Radwaner, MD, FACC -  - Vein Specialist

Elite Veins NY

Bradley Radwaner, MD, FACC

Vein Specialist located in New York, NY

Treatment for spider veins — those red, purple, and blue blood vessels that are visible under your skin — vary greatly, from the simple tightly fitted stocking to surgery. The most common treatment is an injection that causes the vein to collapse and fade. Call or go online to schedule an appointment with Bradley Radwaner, MD at Elite Veins NY to treat your spider veins and help them disappear.

Spider Vein Treatment Q & A

What are spider veins?

Different than varicose veins, spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that twist and turn under the skin. They are easily visible and can typically be seen on the face and legs. An estimated 30% to 60% of adults have some level of varicose veins or spider veins.

What causes spider veins?

Various factors can predispose a person to spider veins, including:

  • Heredity
  • Being overweight
  • Hormonal influences caused by pregnancy, puberty, or menopause
  • A history of blood clots
  • Trauma or injury to the skin.

Spider vein frequency also increases with age.

What are the symptoms of spider veins?

Besides seeing spider veins forming, some early symptoms are as follows:

  • Slight pain, aching or cramping in the legs
  • Tiredness
  • Restlessness
  • Throbbing
  • Tingling
  • Heaviness

Sometimes, women experience these symptoms to a more powerful degree during certain times of their menstrual cycle or pregnancy. Less common in both genders is swelling, ulcers, and a darkening of the skin, especially in the ankle region.

How are spider veins treated?

Spider vein treatments run the gamut in intensity. Options include:

Support stockings

This is the most conservative approach. When the veins cause painful or uncomfortable symptoms, a good first measure is support stockings. These stockings are tightly fitted and promote blood flow back to the heart. They need to be worn on the treated legs for up to two weeks.

Lifestyle changes

Skin hygiene, weight loss (if needed), and consistent walking, at least 10 minutes per day, can help treat varicose veins and spider veins in their early stages.


Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure that is relatively inexpensive and can be performed in an outpatient setting. During this type of treatment, a solution is injected directly into the affected vein, causing it to scar and forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins.

Radiofrequency occlusion

This is a minimally invasive treatment used to eliminate varicose veins. During the procedure, instead of removing the diseased vein from the leg, radiofrequency occlusion seals the vein shut so no blood can pass through.

Endoscopic vein surgery

This procedure uses a small camera on a tiny tube. Your doctor will thread it into your vein through a small incision and use a surgical device at the end of the tube to close the vein.

Vein stripping and ligation

This is a solution for the most serious of varicose veins cases. During the procedure, your doctor will make cuts in the skin, tie off the veins, and remove them.

If you are interested in treating your spider veins, schedule an appointment with Dr. Radwaner of Elite Veins NY. Please call or schedule an appointment online.

Insurance Policy:

Elite Veins NY  is a concierge practice without a concierge fee. Before your appointment, please provide the office with your insurance policy number and group number in order for us to check your out-of-network coverage. Participates in Medicare only.