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Spider Veins

At IVY Cardiovascular and Vein Center, we offer safe and effective treatment options for spider veins. Dr. Rishi Panchal is an ivy league trained cardiologist and advanced peripheral vascular specialist who strives to provide our patients with the personalized care they need.

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider VeinsSpider veins are small, thin veins that are often reddish or purple in color. They can be seen under the surface of the skin and can appear as small clusters resembling the appearance of a spiderweb.

Spider veins can be a symptom of veinous insufficiency and varicose vein disease. Spider veins are not a major health concern, but they can cause some discomfort and can cause some to feel self-conscious about their appearance.


  • Chronic Venous insufficiency
  • Leg injury or surgery
  • Excess weight or weight gain
  • Pregnancy/hormonal changes
  • Prolonged standing or sitting without movement
  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Family history of vascular disease
  • Your specialized doctor exam
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

Why Do Spider Veins Occur?

Spider veins form when small veins are backed-up with blood due to an issue with the veins in the area that prevents the normal flow of blood to the heart. There are factors that can increase your risk of developing spider veins, these factors include:

  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Family history of vein problems
  • Excessive periods of no movement
  • Damage to the veins
  • Tight clothing that cuts off circulation

How Can I Prevent Spider Veins?

Spider VeinsRegular exercise regimen

Workout several times a week to enable your veins to push blood to and from your heart. This can help to improve circulation and keep your veins in peak condition. Overweight individuals can undergo low-impact exercise routines such as swimming to improve circulation.

Feet elevation

At the end of each day, elevate your feet to help circulate blood. The flow of blood to and from your heart needs to be facilitated to ease the pressure on your legs.

Get moving

The biggest culprit for most spider veins is lack of movement. Too much sitting or standing are both bad. Take constant breaks every hour to stretch your legs. Simple exercise at your desk won’t cut it: Take a walk.

How Can I Treat My Spider Veins?

Spider veins can be treated through a variety of methods.

Sclerotherapy is one option. This treatment involves the use of a liquid sclerosing agent that is injected it into the veins. This liquid solution makes the veins collapse and diminishes their appearance.

Laser therapy is another option. Laser therapy makes use of micro pulses of laser to damage and reduce the appearance of spider veins. A combination of both treatments can be performed for more comprehensive results.



  • Fellow of American College of Cardiology
  • Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI)
  • Chronic Limb Ischemia Global Society
  • Society for Vascular Medicine

Schedule a Consultation

The most important step in your care is choosing a vascular specialist to treat your veins. At IVY Cardiovascular and Vein Center our physician, Dr. Rishi Panchal, was trained at Yale, one of five advanced peripheral vascular fellowships in the nation to treat your veins in an academic fashion. We utilize minimally invasive technology to evaluate superficial as well as deep venous disease. We serve all of Palm Beach County and greater South Florida. Current offices in Wellington and Belle Glade, Fl. Call today to set up your consultation.