Spider Vein Symptoms

Unsightly Spider Veins Could Be More Than 'Skin-Deep'

Spider Veins

Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are small, thin, blood vessels visible beneath the skin. They appear most commonly on the face, thighs, and feet, and may look like a series of lines, tree branches, or a spider- or web-like shape with a dark center. Although spider veins are usually considered only a cosmetic problem, spider veins can show symptoms of a burning sensation or a dull, throbbing pain, and can lead to varicose veins and other serious complications. You may see a cosmetic problem, but what’s going on under the surface is a medical issue. Whether or not you’re experiencing discomfort, whether it’s affecting your ability to live the life you want, you should find out what it means and what you can be doing about it. To get an accurate diagnosis and most effective treatment, you should talk to Chicago’s hometown vein specialists, Chicago Vein Institute.

If Left Untreated

Varicose veins are a progressive disease. Spider veins very often occur in conjunction with varicose veins. You can experience pain when standing or walking, develop sores on or near a varicose vein, and your feet and ankles may swell.

If left untreated, spider and varicose veins can cause, blood clots, phlebitis, venous statis ulcers, skin discoloration, lipodermatosclerosis and atrophie blanche.

Spider Vein Treatment Methods

We take the time to evaluate your needs and create a customized treatment strategy for you. There are two types of sclerotherapy procedures for unhealthy veins:

Spider Vein Treatment Using Sclerotherapy

Every year, Chicago Vein Institute performs more than 6,000 sclerotherapy procedures to reduce the appearance of visible veins. Sclerotherapy is done in our offices and anesthesia is not required. Patients have minimal pain and discomfort, with no scaring. There is also no downtime, so sclerotherapy is a great choice for our patients who want to improve their bodies without having to take time away from work or family obligations. Our sclerotherapy procedures can also be performed on all types of skin and skin tones.


Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy uses an ultrasound and fine gauge needle to inject a small amount of special medication into the damaged veins…

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Restless Leg Syndrome

RLS is one of the most commonly misunderstood vein diseases of them all. Restless Leg Syndrome, will have you constantly feeling that you need to move your legs, even when it doesn’t really make sense. As far as vein diseases go, it is one of the most uncomfortable. So much so that it could cause trouble sleeping or traveling on a plane or in a car long distance.

If your legs feel achy, cramped, or tired, you could be suffering RLS.

Surface Sclerotherapy

Surface Sclerotherapy is often used to eliminate spider veins. Like ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy procedures, a very small needle is used to inject a medication that targets the unhealthy veins…

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Venous Leg Ulcers

Anyone with varicose veins runs the risk of developing open sores or leg ulcers. An estimated 5-10% of varicose vein cases develop into open sores or ulcers. If these sores go untreated and do not heal correctly, they can become extremely painful.

Chicago Vein Institute has a vein treatment plan that combines wound care, EVTA, and sclerotherapy as needed to treat this chronic and painful condition. 


Do you have smooth, tight skin along the length of the leg? Often you will be able to see discoloration and scarring in the same area.

These are all symptoms of Lipodermatosclerosis. If vein disease in the legs goes untreated for long periods of time, this issue can begin to develop. A vein treatment plan in Chicago at Chicago Vein Institute will identify and treat Lipodermatosclerosis before it has the chance to progress into a more serious condition.

Corona Phlebectatica

Corona phlebectatica often shows itself as blue spotty patches on the skin. It most often occurs in the lower legs, ankles, and feet. They are spider veins that become interwoven.

This will give the skin around the ankle a dark red, pink, or blue coloration. Corona phlebectatica is often a sign of advanced vein disease. It needs to be treated quickly.

Venous Stasis Dermatitis

Venous stasis dermatitis is irritation of the skin caused by poor blood circulation. Rash-like symptoms can also be due to blood gathering and pooling in the legs. This is what we mean when you see the term “stasis.”


Blood can begin to pool in the ankles as a result of your vein valves not functioning correctly. When they are unable to open and close as necessary to filter the blood, it remains stagnant. This is known as edema.

Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome

It often shares the same look as a birth mark, but Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome is much more serious. It can change the skin’s appearance and cause the varicose vein and the leg to swell and change in coloration. KTS is a rare vascular disorder in which your limbs could experience large varicose veins and excessive soft tissue growth.


Skin changes to a darker color as a result of advanced vein disease. If you are experiencing hyperpigmentation, get in touch with your doctor or one of us at Chicago Vein Institute. Throughout the course of your vein consultation, issues like hyperpigmentation can be found quickly and treated.

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Chicago Vein Institute is a practice solely dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of vein diseases. The experts at CVI perform the latest and most effective treatments for painful varicose veins, spider veins, and other vein-related disorders. CVI offers minimally invasive treatment options, including Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy, Surface Sclerotherapy, Elastic Compression Stockings and wound care for venous ulcers, performing more than 8,000 vein-related procedures annually. Visit our sister brand, Chicago Cosmetic Institute, offering a full array of medical spa services including CoolSculpting, Liposuction, Botox, chemical peels and more.

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