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Spider Veins

Northwest Houston Heart Center

Cardiology located in Tomball, TX & Cypress, TX

Are you troubled by the appearance of spider veins on your legs or other areas? At Northwest Houston Heart Center in Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia, and The Woodlands, Texas, Adnan Aslam, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Roy Normal, DO, and the cardiology team bring years of expertise in treating vascular conditions to provide you with effective solutions for spider veins. Discover the answers to common questions and learn more about the practice’s specialized spider vein treatments. Call the office or request a consultation online using the online system.

Spider Veins Q&A

What are spider veins?

Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are small, visible veins that appear close to the skin's surface. They often resemble a spider web or tree branches, hence the name. 

These veins are typically red, blue, or purple and are commonly found on the legs, face, or other areas of the body. While they are usually harmless, many individuals seek treatment for cosmetic reasons or due to associated discomfort.

Understanding the Appearance

Spider veins are thin and delicate, contrasting with larger, deeper varicose veins. They are more superficial and can be easily seen on the skin's surface, causing concern for those affected.

Identifying Common Areas

Common areas for spider veins include the thighs, calves, and ankles. Additionally, some individuals may notice spider veins on the face, particularly around the nose and cheeks.

What causes spider veins?

Understanding the factors that contribute to the development of spider veins is crucial. While anyone can develop these veins, certain factors increase the likelihood of their occurrence.

Genetics and Family History

A significant factor in spider vein development is genetics. If your family has a history of vascular issues, you may be more prone to developing spider veins.

Hormonal Changes

Fluctuations in hormones, such as those occurring during pregnancy, puberty, or menopause, can contribute to the development of spider veins. Hormonal changes may weaken vein walls, leading to the appearance of these visible veins.

Prolonged Standing or Sitting

Occupations or lifestyles that involve prolonged periods of standing or sitting may increase the risk of spider veins. This is because blood circulation can be affected, putting additional pressure on the veins.

How are spider veins treated?

The practice's comprehensive spider vein treatments are designed to address both cosmetic concerns and any associated discomfort. Your provider utilizes advanced techniques to ensure optimal results for each patient.


Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure where a solution is injected into the affected veins, causing them to collapse and gradually fade away. This procedure is highly effective for smaller spider veins.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy uses focused light to target and fade spider veins. It is a non-invasive option suitable for various skin types and is particularly effective for facial spider veins.

Lifestyle Recommendations

Your provider may provide lifestyle recommendations to manage and prevent the recurrence of spider veins. This may include exercises, changes in daily habits, and the use of compression stockings.

At Northwest Houston Heart Center, the team is dedicated to providing personalized spider vein treatments tailored to your unique needs. Schedule a consultation by phone or online to explore effective solutions and regain confidence in your skin's appearance.