The National Institutes of Health estimate that 60% of all men and women suffer from vein disorders. There are many people suffering from vein disorders like spider veins and varicose veins all over the country. It is nothing to be ashamed of! There are many ways that we can help with non-surgical and non-invasive spider vein treatment to reduce the appearance of these veins safely and professionally.

In this article, we will go over a few details about varicose veins and spider veins. We will also delve more deeply into the treatments that we use to reduce the appearance of spider veins in our patients.

Varicose Veins Vs Spider Veins

It is important to know the difference between varicose veins and spider veins. Spider veins are what we generally treat Chicago Cosmetic Institute. Varicose veins are less superficial and can become a health risk. Vein doctors like the ones at Chicago Vein Institute are better equipped to handle more severe varicose vein issues.

The differences between the two are outlined below:


Spider veins are delicate, reddish-purple or blue veins that branch out from the center, much like a spider web. Varicose veins tend to be larger, similar colored, but bulging from the surface of the skin and may extend deeper into the thigh and leg.


The main difference between the two is the way they make you feel. Most spider veins do not cause any kind of discomfort. Spider vein patients sometimes complain of itching, burning, stinging, etc.

Varicose veins are much less subtle in feeling. They may cause symptoms like heaviness, aching, swelling, throbbing, itching, leg fatigue, night cramps, and restless legs.

Skin Conditions

Spider veins are a cosmetic concern in most cases. They can occasionally cause bleeding if scratched too hard or when bumping into something. This bleeding can sometimes cause bruising under the skin.

Varicose veins sufferers can experience pain, swelling, and changes in the color of the skin surrounding the veins. Ulcers can also sometimes come as a result. Varicose veins can also bleed the same way that spider veins do. In extreme cases, the trip could warrant a trip to the emergency room.

Cosmetic Spider Vein Treatment Options


Sclerotherapy is a procedure involving an injection into the affected vein that causes it to collapse and disappear. Sclerotherapy for spider veins, when possible, is the best way to treat them effectively and non-surgically. It is fast, efficient, and requires very little or no recovery time at all.

Sclerotherapy for varicose veins is just one of the many options available for varicose vein treatment. This article, however, is focusing on cosmetic, non-surgical procedures for varicose veins.


During treatment, a sclerosing solution is injected into the vein that is affected. Injection irritates the inside of the vein, eventually causing it to collapse and fade from view.

Depending on the number of veins being treated, there could be multiple injections needed.

Post Injection

After injections, a patient may be asked to wear compression socks or an ace bandage for a period of time to keep the area clean and protected.

Over the course of a few weeks, any bruising or discoloration seen in the skin will fade and go back to a completely normal look, minus the problematic veins.

Laser Treatments

Laser treatments are available as an alternative to sclerotherapy. Lasers effectively reduce the appearance of veins and redness.The skin of the face is usually treated with this method. Lasers are able to effectively reduce redness as well as vein appearance.

The two treatment methods are sometimes used together to accomplish the desired result.

Questions to ask your plastic surgeon

There are a few things to keep in mind and have ready to ask at your spider vein treatment consultation. You can use these as a guide to make sure your surgeon is experienced and qualified:

  • Are you board certified (the American Board of Plastic Surgery)?
  • How many procedures like this have you performed?
  • What are the realistic expectations I should have for this procedure?
  • How many years of experience do you have in plastic surgery?
  • Am I a typical good candidate for this procedure?
  • How long is the recovery period for this procedure?
  • Will I need any kind of help during my recovery?
  • Are there complications or risks associated with this?
  • How would complications be handled?
  • What happens if our set of expectations is not met through this procedure?
  • Do you have before and after photos available? Patients that had similar issues and expectations?

With these questions ready, you should have no problem being able to identify the expertise of your proposed surgeon. We aren’t saying that you should be asking every single question word-for-word, but having these gives you an idea of how you should be thinking during the consultation.


Hopefully, we have helped to clear up some of the questions you have on the topic of cosmetic vein procedures. Varicose and spider veins are easily treated with modern, non-surgical procedures.

Please get in touch with us if you feel there is anything we missed or if you have additional questions for us. We are happy to help!

Thanks for reading,

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CCI Team


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