Spider Veins



Both men and women are bothered by spider veins-small unsightly clusters of red, blue, or purple veins that most commonly appear on the thighs, calves, and ankles. Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure whereby veins are injected with a sclerosing solution that causes them to collapse and fade from view. Dr. Jagodowicz uses Aethoxysklerol 1% for sclerotherapy.

Spider veins are small, thin veins that lie close to the surface of the skin. Although these fine veins are connected with the larger venous system, they are not an essential part of it. A number of factors contribute to the development of spider veins, including heredity, pregnancy, puberty, menopause, weight gain, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and the use of certain medications. Spider veins usually take on one of three basic patterns. They may appear in a true "spider" shape with a group of veins radiating outward from a dark central point; they may be "arborizing" and will resemble tiny branch-like shapes; or they may be "simple" linear and appear as thin separate lines. Linear spider veins are commonly seen on the inner knee and arborizing patterns appear on the outer thigh in distribution.

Varicose veins differ from spider veins in a number of ways. Varicose veins are larger-usually more than a quarter-inch in diameter, darker in color and tend to be related to more serious vein disorders. For some patients, sclerotherapy can be used to treat varicose veins. However, often surgical treatment is necessary for this condition.

When scheduling your procedure, keep in mind that the area may be bruised or slightly discolored for some weeks afterward. A typical sclerotherapy session is relatively quick, lasting only about 15- 20 minutes. The procedure will be done in the office and no anesthesia is necessary.

Most patients are pleased with the difference sclerotherapy makes. The skin of your legs will appear younger, clearer and more healthy-looking. If you’ve been wearing long slacks and skirts to hide your spider veins, you’ll now be able to broaden your fashion horizons. Often patients are surprised at the dramatic difference in appearance between a treated leg and an untreated one.


The current available technologies for vascular applications significantly limit the number of treatable conditions and minimize the selection of treatable patients. The Cutera 1064 nm ND: YAG laser technology is able to treat an abundance of new conditions. It is safe for patients of all skin types, year round.

What are laser vein treatments?

Dr. Jagodowicz offers a solution to a wide range of aesthetic vascular conditions, including facial telangectasias, spider veins, and reticular veins. The laser can even eliminate small surface blue, red, or purple broken capillaries in most patients. Using the state of the art laser therapies, we can eliminate discrete vascular areas safely, quickly, and with no down time.

How many vascular treatments will I need?

In many cases, significant improvement is realized after just one treatment. Where spider veins continue to appear, more treatments are necessary. Treatments are typically 3-4 weeks apart.

How do vascular treatments work?

The laser delivers a measured dosage of heat to each vein in a series of brief pulses. The heat is absorbed by the blood vessels, but not the surrounding tissue. The heat causes the blood vessel to coagulate and then absorb into the body. The vein is then destroyed. It can take one to two weeks for the vein to disappear completely from the treated area.

Does the treatment hurt?

Most patients describe the sensation like a rubber band snapping on their skin. Dr. Jagodowicz offers topical anesthetics before treatment for those patients more sensitive to discomfort. In addition, the CoolGlide tip of the Cutera laser affords a cool sensation just prior to treatment of an area. This cooling effect greatly increases the patient’s comfort level.