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Detail of varicose veins on the leg of a seated woman.

What Causes Spider Veins?

Small veins that appear on the legs, chest, or face are called spider veins. These thin, weblike veins are caused by issues with blood flow through the valves of your veins. When too much pressure is placed on the vein or the vein is damaged, blood can back up and pool in the vein. This causes the veins to appear more pigmented and become visible under the surface of your skin.

Unlike large and bulging varicose veins that can cause soreness, itchiness, or heaviness in the legs, spider veins are often far less severe.

But, while these small veins may only seem a cosmetic concern, they may also indicate the need for medical treatment. Our vein specialists can help to identify, and if necessary, treat spider veins with proven methods.

What Are Some Spider Vein Prevention Methods?

Age, weight, and lifestyle habits may increase one’s risk of developing spider veins. To prevent spider veins from forming, we recommend our patients maintain healthy daily practices, including engaging in non-strenuous physical activity and eating a balanced, nutritious diet. Compression socks and stockings can also improve blood flow in the lower legs and ankles by applying gentle pressure to the veins.

Visiting a vein specialist aids in both the treatment and prevention of spider veins. From helping identify signs of venous insufficiency to diagnosing underlying issues, a professional in vein health can help you protect against cosmetic and health concerns.

What Are Some Treatment Methods for Spider Veins?

Erasing spider veins can be done quickly and simply with just a few in-office appointments. Sclerotherapy utilizes liquid injections that seal off the damaged veins. After a skilled provider injects this solution into the affected vein, blood flow will be directed into other healthy, functioning veins. The spider veins will then be absorbed into the body and vanish from the skin’s surface.

Several injection treatments may be necessary to reach the desired outcome. Sclerotherapy treatments are virtually pain-free and do not require downtime following the appointment. Reach out to the Leg & Vein Center today to learn more about this procedure!

Making Spider Veins a Thing of the Past

For cosmetic corrections or to monitor the health of your veins, schedule a visit to the Cardiovascular Institute of the South Leg & Vein Center. Our experts diagnose and treat a variety of venous issues to help you prevent venous disease and erase surface-level concerns. Consult with our professionals to learn more about vein care, prevention, and more.

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CIS Leg & Vein Centers operate in the following areas:
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge

8401 Picardy Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70809



191 Innovation Court, Suite A
Gray, LA 70359



225 Dunn Street
Houma, LA 70360



422 Kade Drive, Suite 1
Jennings, LA 70546

CIS Lafayette General Medical Center

Lafayette on Heymann

441 Heymann Boulevard
Lafayette, LA 70503

Lafayette General Southwest

Lafayette on Ambassador

2730 Ambassador Caffery Parkway
Lafayette, LA 70506

Modern brick building with a unique heart-shaped logo on the facade under a blue sky with fluffy clouds.


4909 Great River Drive
Meridian, MS 39305

New Iberia

New Iberia

500 North Lewis Street, Suite 100
New Iberia, LA 70563

CIS Opelousas General Health System


1233 Wayne Gilmore Circle, Suite 450
Opelousas, LA 70570

CIS Thibodaux Clinic


1320 Martin Luther King Drive
Thibodaux, LA 70301

CIS Westbank Clinic, Harvey, LA


1901 Manhattan Blvd, Building A, Suite 200
Harvey, LA 70058

CIS Zachary Clinic, Lane Medical Plaza


6550 Main Street, Suite 1000
Zachary, LA 70791

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