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How to Get Rid of Your Spider Veins

Are you tired of having visible spider veins? Our safe & effective Kelowna skin treatments can help rejuvenate your skin for a clearer, smoother complexion.


Spider veins are capillary veins which are easily visible through the skin and generally appear as tiny webs of red, blue or purple lines.

Although they are rarely a medical issue, many of our patients seek skin treatments to eliminate their spider veins and enhance their aesthetic appearance.

At our Kelowna clinic, we offer a range of spider vein therapy options such as customized V-Beam Laser and IPL skin treatments to help eliminate the appearance of spider veins and create smoother, more beautiful skin.

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3 Things You Should Know about Spider Veins

Spider veins are a very common skin issue. If you are suffering from spider veins, or are worried about developing the condition, here are three things you should know:

What causes Spider Veins?

The most common causes of this skin condition include:

  • Genetics
  • Spending excessive amounts of time standing
  • Being overweight
  • Hormonal fluctuations (e.g. during pregnancy)
  • A history of blood clots
  • Hormonal medications (e.g. birth control pills)

Whatever the cause, there is no reason to worry. There are a number of spider vein therapies available to help improve the appearance of your skin.

Want to know more? Contact our Kelowna skin specialist today.

Are spider veins & varicose veins the same thing?

While both spider veins and varicose veins are similar in appearance, they vary in size and location.

Spider veins are smaller blood vessels that appear as twisted red, purple or blue veins beneath the skin of the face and chest.

Varicose veins are larger veins that are typically seen on the legs.

Are spider veins a medical issue or just cosmetic?

Spider veins are very rarely a serious medical condition.

However, there may be times when they cause swelling, pain and general discomfort and in such cases, seeking immediate spider vein therapy is recommended.

Spider Vein Therapy Options

While spider veins are not usually a serious medical condition, if left untreated, they will continue to affect your quality of life. In fact, if spider vein therapy is delayed, the condition can worsen and become more difficult to treat effectively.

If you do suffer from spider veins, here are your treatment options:

Lifestyle changes

For many patients, the first line of defense against spider veins typically involves lifestyle changes such as:

  • Losing weight
  • Wearing compression stockings
  • Increasing activity
  • Using sunscreen
  • Eating healthy
  • Wearing loose clothing
  • Avoiding sitting or standing for long periods

Preventing spider veins through lifestyle changes can help reduce their appearance and may keep them from reoccurring over time.

Professional Skin Treatments

At our Kelowna skin care, we offer several minimally invasive skin treatments for spider veins.

During a personalized consultation, our specialists can help determine which spider vein therapy option is best for you depending on the severity of your condition.

Here are some of the skin treatments we offer:

1. V-Beam Laser Therapy

The V-Beam Laser is an innovative and gentle pulsed-dye laser that utilizes bursts of light to selectively destroy spider veins while leaving the remaining skin intact.

How long does one treatment take? While this depends on the size and location of the treatment area, one V-Beam spider vein therapy session takes approximately 10-20 minutes.

How many skin treatments will I need? While most patients typically require 5 sessions for the best results, this will depend on the severity of your condition and the size of the affected area.

Are there any side effects of this spider vein therapy? The side-effects of this skin treatment are minimal and while some patients may experience some redness or swelling, these will diminish within 24-48 hours.

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2. IPL Laser Therapy

IPL laser skin treatment for spider veins uses pulses of light which emit heat to destroy capillaries and excess blood that has leaked into the skin.

IPL is a gentle & effective spider vein therapy that damages abnormal veins without affecting the surrounding tissue.

How long does one treatment take? Depending on the size and location of the treatment area, one IPL laser skin treatment can take up to 45 minutes.

How many skin treatments will I need? While you will see noticeable results in just one treatment, a total of 2-4 laser therapies will be needed for the most dramatic and effective results.

Are there any side effects of this spider vein therapy? Just like with the V-Beam laser, the side effects of this skin treatment are minimal and temporary. Patients may experience some slight bruising, redness or swelling but this will resolve within 24 hours.

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To learn more about our safe and effective spider vein therapies, contact our Kelowna skin care specialists today at at 250-868-9099.


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