Vein Disease

Spider Veins

What Are Spider Veins?


Spider veins are small red, blue, or purple blood vessels that are visible through the skin.  Typically they are not painful but are noticeable on the legs or face. Spider veins usually increase in frequency and visibility with age.  Hawaii Vein Center specializes in the treatment of vein disease and will provide you with a treatment plan to address your specific symptoms and achieve your desired results.


What causes varicose veins?


  • Hereditary
  • Obesity
  • Occupations that require long durations of standing, such as nurses, salon workers, factory workers, teachers
  • Use of birth control pills
  • Hormonal effects of pregnancy, puberty, and menopause
  • Postmenopausal hormonal replacement
  • History of blood clots
  • Certain health conditions that cause increased pressure on the abdomen, such as constipation or tumors
  • Prior vein surgery
  • Long exposure to UV rays
  • Trauma to the skin

Hawaii Vein Center Treatment


  • Compression socks/stockings – Compressions socks are the first and most conservative step in the treatment of spider veins.  Wearing compression socks places pressure on the veins in the lower legs and help to improve the blood flow and prevent further spider veins.  They also help to relieve swelling and lower the risk of blood clots in the leg.

  • Foam Sclerotherapy – This procedure is performed in-office and is minimally invasive.  Tiny needles are used to inject a solution directly into the vein. This solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse and block blood flow through the vein.  Spider veins will gradually disappear after the procedure and may take up to 6 weeks. Multiple treatments may be necessary to obtain desired results.

Before / After



Spider Veins

Tiny needles are used to inject a solution directly into the vein.  This solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse.  Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades over time.

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Varicose Veins

The VenaSeal system delivers a small amount of a specially formulated medical adhesive to seal the diseased vein, rerouting blood to nearby healthy veins.

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Varicose Veins

A small incision is made to access the vein.  A cathetar delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse and seal shut.  Once the diseased vein is closed, blood circulation is diverted to other healthy veins.  

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Varicose Veins

Microphlebectomy is sometimes recommended to treat unsightly or painful leg veins close to the skin’s surface. With microphlebectomy, varicose veins are removed through small punctures, which leave virtually no scars.

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