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Understanding Spider Veins MARK A. SCHUSTERMAN, MD, FACS

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons American Society of Plastic Surgeons American Board of Plastic Surgery American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Texas Surgical Society Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons

Spider veins are very common among women, especially older women and those that live a certain lifestyle at work and at home. Not only are they unsightly, some can be itchy and painful with burning and heaviness in the legs. Some spider veins are simply a cosmetic issue while others are a sign of a medical issue when these symptoms occur. If you are experiencing any pain or swelling in the legs it is best to visit a doctor to have them looked at.
There are varicose vein treatments Houston available as long as they are not caused by venous reflux. If they are, patients must find the underlying problem, solve it, and then choose to treat their spider veins. For the most part, spider veins are not harmful and the only problem they may cause is excessive bleeding after an injury.

Women are known to have spider veins but men are also capable of getting them. However, they generally have leg hair to hide them from view. There are a few different factors that increases the chance a person gets spider or varicose veins. They include:

  • Age
  • Lack of exercise or excessive weight
  • A job where you mostly sit or stand
  • Pregnancy, birth control pills, and hormones

A doctor or plastic surgeon can help you learn about the available treatment options and determine which is the best for you. Several treatments are often needed but each one does not take a very long time to do so it can easily fit into busy schedules. Another added benefit to treatment is that there is no downtime involved. A cosmetic surgeon will look at the spider veins, discuss your medical history, and let you make the final decision on which treatment you would prefer, either AFT laser treatments or sclerotherapy. Both have great success rates but it often the issue of being injected with a needle or using a laser.


The expertise of the Houston plastic surgeons at MD Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is accentuated by their concern for their patients and their drive to give them the best experience during their spider vein treatments. They also perform laser tattoo removal and breast augmentation in Houston.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment with the renowned plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Mark Schusterman. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.

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