Spider Veins

Patients are often self-conscious of their spider veins and hide them with makeup or thick stockings. Many just keep their legs covered all the time. Even in our South Carolina summer heat people avoid wearing skirts, shorts, and bathing suits. At our office in Columbia, SC we use sclerotherapy to effectively treat spider veins.

What Are Spider Veins?Spider Veins Columbia SC | Spider Vein Treatment

Spider veins are a small network of unsightly blood vessels that are visible just below the skin’s surface. In addition to being unattractive, spider veins can also cause bothersome itching and burning. If you have spider veins, it makes a lot of sense for you to look for help getting rid of them. Like other varicose vein disorders, they don’t just “go away” or spontaneously improve, they get worse.

Spider Vein Causes

Spider veins form due to a backflow of blood in one’s veins. As a result of damaged valves in the veins, this condition is known as “venous reflux.” The walls in these veins begin to distend as blood starts to collect. This causes the veins to grow in size and become visible under the skin’s surface. The development of spider veins may be due to:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Increasing age
  • Pregnancy
  • Sun exposure
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Family history of spider veins

Spider Veins Vs. Varicose Veins

While spider veins are a result of the same vascular malfunction as varicose veins, they are much less serious. When a vein becomes varicose, the walls of the vein has thinned and blood has begun to pool. This results in the appearance of dark, palpable cords on the skin’s surface.

Spider Vein Treatment

We have no cure for spider veins but we can control them. At The Vein Clinic, we offer sclerotherapy for spider vein treatment. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a tiny needle filled with a solution that causes irritation within the wall of the vein. This irritation eventually causes the vein to close. Since there are no nerve endings in the veins, pain is minimal. This in-office procedure doesn’t require anesthesia. Sessions may be scheduled for 30 or 60 minutes.

Our most satisfied patients are those who allow us to get their legs clear of unsightly spider veins and keep them clear with periodic “touch up” visits.

Patient Testimonial

“I just wanted to say…. Thanks! I’ve very pleased with what is happening with my veins in just two treatments. My left ankle swelling and discomfort is now minimal and the ‘spider’ veins around my ankles are becoming less noticeable also! Thanks, Dr. Reynolds and good work Mary!” – C.N.

View more patient testimonials here.

Why Dr. Reynolds Uses Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins

Like most vein specialists, Dr. Reynolds treats spider veins with sclerotherapy rather than laser for three reasons:

  • Laser treatments hurt more
  • Laser Treatments cost more
  • Sclerotherapy works better

Before and After

Sclerotherapy Treatment Before and After | Columbia SC
Sclerotherapy Treatment Before and After | Columbia SC


To view more before and after cases, visit our photo gallery.

What Is Venous Reflux?

Spider veins may be a sign of a more serious condition called Venous Reflex. Dr. Reynolds, therefore, performs an evaluation for Venous Reflux before recommending cosmetic sclerotherapy. Patients with venous reflux are usually more symptomatic and may require more invasive vein treatments to achieve their goals.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in learning more about spider vein treatment, please call (803) 253-8667 to schedule a consultation at The Vein Clinic in Columbia, SC.

Take the first step towards better looking, better feeling legs today at The Vein Clinic by scheduling an initial consultation. Schedule an appointment online or give us a call at (803) 253-8667.

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1725 Devonshire Dr. Columbia, South Carolina 29204
(803) 253-8667
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