Will I have to wear bandages, wraps, or stockings?
VeinCare is a private, North Carolina vein care center specializing in non-surgical laser treatment of vein problems. Founded by Jane Smith, M.D. in 2003, we have provided vein care treatment to more than 5,000 patients with a variety of vein concerns, including varicose veins, spider veins and other vein conditions. Since every member of the VeinCare team has extensive experience in this highly specialized field, you're invited to contact us with any questions you may have—we'd love to give you back your legs!

Spider Veins

Spider veins, also called telangiectasia, are small, bluish or reddish blood vessels just under the surface of the skin that have become enlarged. In their normal state, these small veins are invisible.

Spider veins—found commonly on the legs—may be caused by a number of issues, including sun damage, chronic skin conditions, rosacea, elevated estrogen levels, and certain auto-immune diseases (collagen vascular diseases). They can appear as short, unconnected lines (each about the size of a large hair) or connected in a "sunburst" pattern, and may also look like a tree with branches or a spider web, hence the name.

How do Dr. Jane Smith and her team at VeinCare treat spider veins?

  • A few hours before your appointment, you'll apply numbing gel to any areas that will be treated. When you arrive, your veins will be injected with a detergent-like substance called sodium tetradecyl sulfate (STS), which affects fatty particles in your veins. As a result, the vein lining gets irritated, swells shut, and is turned (sclerosed) into a tiny bit of scar tissue. Your body then resorbs the remnant of the vein. 

Are there other methods of treatment available?

  • While we do offer state-of-the-art laser treatment for spider veins, it will only be recommended for use as a treatment option in certain situations.
  • Although there are other detergent-like substances available within the spider vein treatment community, STS is the only one that has been FDA-approved for vein treatment.
We do NOT use saline (hypertonic or concentrated) because it is more toxic, causes unnecessary pain and cramping, and is not FDA-approved.