Spider Veins Specialist

South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery

Vascular Surgeon located in Charlotte, NC

While spider veins pose no real health risk, their appearance on the surface of your skin is unwelcome. As a vascular surgeon, Dr. James Antezana offers several effective treatments for eliminating the appearance of spider veins, including state-of-the-art laser therapy, at South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery in Charlotte, North Carolina. To find out how you can regain natural-looking skin, call or book an appointment online.

Spider Veins Q & A

South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are an aptly named condition: The broken, spindly blood vessels near the surface of your skin look like pieces of a spider web. Spider veins typically develop in your legs or your face, but they can appear anywhere on your body.

Medically speaking, these red or blue veins, also called telangiectasia, are dilated superficial blood vessels. While spider veins pose no risks to your health, they’re an aesthetic problem for many.

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins develop with increased pressure in your veins. The reason they appear more often in your legs is that the veins in your legs are under a fair amount of pressure as they pump blood back up to your heart, fighting gravity along the way.

There are many reasons why people are prone to developing spider veins, including:

  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Long periods of standing
  • Hormone fluctuations (especially during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause)
  • Poor circulation

Several lifestyle factors also contribute to the development of spider veins, such as smoking and lack of exercise.

How are spider veins treated?

Dr. Antezana recommends several options to address the appearance of spider veins, including:

  • Compression stockings
  • Lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking and exercise
  • Sclerotherapy, which consists of injections that get rid of the veins
  • Radiofrequency treatments to close off the vein
  • Laser therapy

Dr. Antezana is increasingly turning to laser therapy with great success. Using the CUTERA excel VTM, he can target and eliminate your spider veins without resorting to more invasive procedures.

This laser therapy destroys spider veins without harming the tissue in the surrounding area. And spider veins are superficial veins, so there’s no risk of disrupting your circulatory system in any harmful way.

To learn more about eliminating unsightly spider veins, call South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery or book an appointment online.