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Spider Veins

Red lines or blotches on the skin are a result of dilated (or enlarged) superficial blood vessels. The medical term for them is telangiectasias, although patients usually refer to them as “spider veins” or “broken capillaries.” Telangiectasias are small visible vessels, ranging in diameter from 0.1mm to 1mm, or even larger. Much smaller vessels, too tiny to be seen with the naked eye, may also become permanently dilated, producing a diffuse background blush in which there are no visible lines. As a result, people who acquire telangiectasias very often also have erythema (or redness) in the same area. 

Possible Treatments


Vascular Laser

The vascular-specific laser is a laser treatment that can be used to treat a wide range of concerns, including angiomas, hemangiomas, port-wine stains, rosacea, scars, and spider veins. The selective vascular systems includes the pulsed dye (PDL), V Beam, YAG, and Cynergy lasers.



Sclerotherapy is an injectable treatment that can be used to eliminate unsightly veins and superficial telangiectasias ("spider veins") on the body.



Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a non-ablative photorejuvenation treatment that can be used to improve the appearance of skin that has been affected by sun damage and aging, resulting in blotchy skin and fine lines.

Book a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists today to determine the best treatment plan for you.

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