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Is there any way to get rid of spider / thread veins on the legs?

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Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 54 years experience
Sclerotherpy: Sclerotherapy which involves injecting a dilute solution of different agents known as detergents is a good way to treat them. This often requires repeat sittings every several months, and after that maintenance treatment is often advised in 1-2 years.
Dr. Ted King
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Yes: As dr. Isobe said, sclerotherapy is really the treatment of choice when it comes to spider/thread veins in the legs. There are a number of chemicals that can be used, including surfactants (also called detergents), osmotic agents (saline), and chemical irritants (glycerin). Lasers are used too, but are less effective on leg veins. No treatment is permanent, so periodic follow up is needed.
Dr. Kevin Nolan
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Spider veins: After first testing to determine what the source of those spider veins might be there are a number of commonly used techniques to treat those veins.
Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 47 years experience
Vein evaluation.: If you have a few spider veins then sclerotherapy would be the treatment of choice. If you have many spider veins then you should consider having a venous evaluation with a venous reflux ultrasound to see if you have underlying reflux (leaking vein valves) which may be the cause of the spiders. A vein specialist would be able to evaluate you.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

In what way can I get rid of thread veins in my legs?

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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 47 years experience
Sclero or laser.: Spider veins get their name because they look like spider legs. The short answer is that topical laser or sclerotherapy usually works well. The longer answer is that if you have many spider veins and/or combinations of spiders, reticulars and varicose veins then you should first have a venous reflux exam. You should see a vein specialist.
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How can I get rid of thread veins on the legs?

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Dr. Robert WorthingtonKirsch
Phlebology 35 years experience
Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy is apparently the most reliable way to treat small surface veins on the legs. Before treatment one should be evaluated for the presence of abnormalities in deeper vessels transmitting pressure to the surface. For best results, these (if present) should also be treated.

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