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Do spider veins need to be treated?

Spider veins do not usually pose any major health problems. However, they may cause aching and discomfort especially when associated with underlying varicose veins. In rare cases, they may be a result of serious liver or other intra-abdominal problems.

Many women do find spider veins unsightly and prefer to have them treated.

Is there any treatment for my spider veins?

a) Sclerotherapy involves the use of a very fine needle to inject a solution (sclerosant) directly into the affected vein. The solution causes the lining of the vein to swell and eventually seals off the diseased blood vessel.

Each vein may require several injections and most disappear in two weeks to two months. Following each treatment, we suggest the wearing of medium support tights for approximately two to three weeks.

b) Transcutaneous Radiofrequency. This is a treatment for the tiny spider veins at the very surface of skin. The principle is based on the use of a very high frequency wave (4 million Hertz), which causes a thermocoagulation to the spider veins, with subsequent disappearance of the veins.

The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only. Please consult your physicians before considering treatment or for detailed medical advice. (Information provided by Dr. Chad TSE Cheuk-Wa)