Spider veins

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Why treat spider veins?


Most patients seek treatment for spider veins to improve the look of affected areas. While these sprawling, thread-like veins do not typically cause major health problems, they can occasionally cause discomfort. Modern treatments eliminate the appearance of spider veins and any associated symptoms with minimally invasive techniques and zero downtime.

Treatments as quick as 15 minutes
Treatments by a board- certified vein specialist
Only FDA Approved sclerosant medications are utilized

Common Causes

Older individuals and pregnant women are at higher risk for developing spider veins. Genetics can also be a contributing factor. Though spider veins commonly appear on the legs, they can also be found on the face, ankles, and other parts of the body.

We Are Vein Specialists

Steven Tidwell, M.D. founded Medicus Vein Care in 2005 to offer the best diagnosis and treatment for vein care in the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast areas. Today, Dr. Tidwell remains an integral part of Medicus Vein Care as the Medical Director, and ensures that his staff will provide every patient with the latest technology and techniques. With over 10,000 vein treatments performed at Medicus over the years, every patient benefits from the expertise of a specialist.

Treatments available



With several treatments, this time-tested, proven procedure closes the vein, allowing blood to be rerouted to healthier veins.

Laser Treatment

In addition to our primary spider vein treatments, we also offer laser treatment, which uses light to break down spider veins and age spot removal.


FDA-approved VeinWave™ uses microwave technology to remove spider veins, typically in just one to two treatments.

Our treatment results



Why should I choose Medicus for spider vein treatment?

As vein specialists, we have the skill and latest technology at hand to treat varying cases of spider veins, including reticular, or “feeder” veins.

Reticular veins are the larger blue veins that often “feed” the spider veins and are eliminated using foam sclerotherapy. If previously treated spider veins are stubborn, injecting the reticular veins will eliminate the spider veins at the source.

Utilizing a combination of sclerotherapyVeinWave™, and cutaneous laser therapy, if needed, our specialists provide Medicus patients with optimal results normally not attainable with only one type of treatment.

Of course, patients need to keep in mind that all therapies require more than one treatment for optimal results.

What are Spider Veins?

Spider Veins, or Telangiectasias, are small, dilated or broken segments of blood vessel visible through the skin, often seen in a clustered pattern known as “spider veins.”

Hypertonic saline vs. Polidocanol for sclerotherapy?

We use FDA-approved Polidocanol for the sclerotherapy treatments. While the efficacy is the same, hypertonic saline (heavy salt water) is not used because it cannot be made into a foam to inject the reticular (feeder) veins. Polidocanol is more versatile than hypertonic saline and is more comfortable for the patient as it does not sting when injected.

How long does it take for the spider veins to go away after treatment?

Depending on how large the spider veins are, they typically go away within 2-4 weeks. Follow up visits may be required, with up to 3 to 5 sclerotherapy or cutaneous laser treatments.

When using VeinWave™ for the small spider veins typically found on the face or ankles, they disappear almost instantaneously after only one or two treatments. However, not all spider veins are candidates for VeinWave.

Are facial veins able to be removed?

Yes, the VeinWave™ treatment is specifically made for the small spider veins commonly found on and around the face, including the nose and cheeks. Utilizing microwave energy, the VeinWave procedure will eliminate these small veins in one to two treatments.

Can You Treat Veins In the hand?

Yes, veins in the hand can be treated by injecting a sclerosant into the vein, also known as sclerotherapy.

We also recommend injecting a dermal filler into the hand to improve the appearance of the hand without removing the offending vein.

Are Spider Vein Treatments Covered By Insurance?

Insurance companies do not cover the cost of spider vein treatments, as they are considered to be cosmetic.

Do I Need to wear compression stockings?

If foam sclerotherapy is used, we typically recommend that our patients wear compression stockings for a few days after treatment. We carry a wide selection of compression stockings, and we can recommend the best type that suits your lifestyle, including the latest sport styles.

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