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3 Common Questions About Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

3 Common questions about Spider Veins and Varicose VeinsVaricose veins are raised and swollen vessels that twist and turn. Spider veins are a milder and smaller version of varicose veins. Both are easily visible through the skin and are usually seen on the legs, chest, or face.

What causes spider veins and varicose veins?

There are a variety of reasons someone may be predisposed to developing spider veins or varicose veins. First, a person may have a family history of spider veins and varicose veins. Occupations that require excessive standing or sitting, such as hair stylists, teachers, or factory workers, can increase your likelihood of developing these types of veins. Those who are obese, pregnant, going through puberty or menopause may also develop varicose or spider veins.

If you use birth control pills or postmenopausal hormonal replacement or have a history of blood clots, you may also be more likely to develop a vein condition. Constipation, an increase in abdomen pressure, or the development of tumors can also generate spider or varicose veins. It is estimated that 30%-60% of adults have varicose veins. They are more common in women than men and are more likely with age.

When should I see my doctor?

Self-care can go a long way in helping ease the pain of various vein conditions. Exercise, leg elevation, or wearing compression stockings can help ease pain and possibly stop the condition from worsening. If you are concerned about how your veins look, the pain they may cause, and additional treatment options available, contact Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center.

Does my insurance cover vein treatment?

Many insurance companies do cover deeper vein therapy treatment, but some do not provide coverage for superficial or spider veins. Be sure you speak with your insurance provider to determine what treatment options are covered under your plan.

Schedule a consultation

If you are dealing with unsightly spider veins, contact Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center today. You can reach our office at 510-724-8282 (Pinhole) or 415-461-5755 (Larkspur).

Leave the Spiders to Marvel

vein removal san francisco | Sclerotherapy bay areaSpider veins. If you didn’t really know what they were, you might be tempted to think they were the domain of Peter Parker, aka Spiderman. After all, you can’t go to the megaplex these days without half the available movies being about superheroes.

If they were only that exciting. The reality of spider veins is obnoxious, but boring. Spider veins are those squiggly purple, red, or blue lines weaving their way around your legs and face. They aren’t a health hazard, but no one likes seeing them.

Where do Spider Veins come from?

There is a genetic element to their development — if your Mom had spider veins, it’s likely you will have them, too. Also, it’s thought that if your job keeps you on your feet a lot, you’re more prone to developing them. Plus, simple aging, as our leg muscles and other tissues some of their support strength, is thought to be a culprit behind spider vein development.

What to do about them? Come to Dr. Serebrakian and let him take care of those pesky devils with sclerotherapy.


When something works, why mess with it? That’s true of sclerotherapy to remove spider veins. Although it’s been around for some time (actually since the 1930s), sclerotherapy is still the best way to deal with spider veins. Dr. Serebrakian believes it to be the superior solution compared to lasers, particularly for smaller spider veins on the legs. Sclerotherapy is an outpatient procedure that is quick and mostly painless.

What to expect during Spider Vein Removal

A sclerosion solution is injected into each vein selected for treatment. This solution is highly saline and irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to swell and the blood in it to clot. Once that happens, the vein turns into scar tissue and fades away with time, usually over two to three months. For most veins, a single treatment is all that’s needed. Any blood that ran through the vein is re-routed by the body to an adjacent, hopefully more efficient, vein.


Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment that doesn’t require a recovery period. Dr. Serebrakian has his patients wear compression stockings or hose for up to two weeks following their treatment, and walking is encouraged. But there isn’t really any pain. You should also avoid prolonged sitting, standing, or pounding types of exercise, however.

Schedule a consultation

At Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center, we’re experts at eliminating those squiggly purple and blue lines coursing just under your skin. Call us at 510-724-8282 (East Bay) or 415-461-5755 (North Bay) to make your appointment to address those obnoxious spider veins. Peter Parker need not apply!

“These ugly veins, they simply have to go!”

If you’re starting to talk to yourself – or to your legs – about how much you don’t like those bulgy purple lines and tangles, it might be time to find out what can be done to rid yourself of varicose and spider veins. If it’s any comfort, you’re not alone in your condition – or your frustration. Millions of people in the U.S. have them. And even though most of these veins cause us no medical concern, they still can cause plenty of mental distress.

What are varicose/spider veins?
Varicose veins are defined as veins that are dilated, elongated or gnarled, and they can be of varying size. They most commonly affect our legs and feet because standing and walking puts a lot of pressure on the veins in our lower bodies.

Spider veins are really just a milder variation of varicose veins.
Varicose veins are considered different from spider veins mostly due to their smaller size and sometimes location, but both are caused by valve insufficiency.

In most cases, varicose and spider veins are just a cosmetic concern.
But for some, varicose veins cause pain and discomfort. They also can lead to more serious problems and can signal a higher risk of other circulatory problems. And both varieties can cause our legs to appear older, bruised and unattractive. So how do you get rid of them? At Dr. Serebrakain’s, we use one of the most proven and effective methods for treating varicose veins:

This is a non-surgical procedure that is practically painless and calls for little down time. In 15-20 minute treatment sessions, we inject a solution into the veins, causing them to turn white and gradually disappear. You may need several treatments, but sclerotherapy may also eliminate the need for an invasive surgical procedure.

But before you self-diagnose your vein problem or choose a treatment, you should meet with Dr. Serebrakian. He can determine if your issues are cosmetic or may be superficial venous reflux and may call for more serious treatment.

Call for your appointment today at (510) 724-8282 in Pinole or (415) 461-5755 in Larkspur.

Larkspur (North Bay) Office

1000 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 461-5755

Pinole (East Bay) Office

1599 Tara Hills Dr
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 724-8282
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