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Spider Veins

Upper East Side Cardiology

Cardiovascular Disease Specialist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

If you have unsightly spider veins, Satjit Bhusri, MD, of Upper East Side Cardiology, offers the latest forms of treatment for removing them. Dr. Bhusri is a specialist in vein health and has considerable expertise with advanced spider vein treatments, including laser therapy and sclerotherapy. Call the office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City, or book an appointment online today to learn more.


What are spider veins?

Spider veins are tiny, thread-like colored veins that can appear on the surface of your skin. Spider veins, or telangiectasias, appear as dark or lighter shades of blue, purple, or red. 

They’re found most commonly on the thighs or lower legs but can also appear on the face. People often want to get treatment for spider veins because of aesthetic concerns. However, it’s also common for spider veins to cause symptoms such as:

  • Aching
  • Heaviness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Night cramps

Estimates indicate that at least one-third of the adult female population has spider veins.

What causes spider veins?

Certain factors can contribute to the risk of developing spider veins, including:

  • Weight gain
  • Genetics
  • Trauma
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal factors
  • Sun exposure

Occupations or activities for which you need to spend long periods sitting or standing are also a leading cause of spider veins.

How are spider veins treated?

Treatment options for spider veins include:


The Upper East Side Cardiology team performs sclerotherapy using either an FDA-approved solution called sodium tetradecyl sulfate (Sotradecol) or ultrasound-guided foam sclerosant. They use a tiny needle to inject the solution into the spider veins, causing them to seal shut. Your body naturally diverts blood through other, healthy veins.

Your body absorbs the treated vein over time, so it eventually disappears altogether or becomes nearly invisible. Sotradecol ensures superior results, and patients generally tolerate it better than traditional hypertonic saline injections. Sclerotherapy is particularly effective for the “feeder” veins.

Generally, you can resume normal activities immediately after a sclerotherapy session. You may need to wear medically prescribed compression stockings or bandages for several days to assist in the resolution of the veins.

Laser therapy

Superficial laser therapy makes use of thermal energy to super-heat problem veins, causing them to collapse and seal shut.

All these procedures take place in-office using only local anesthesia. Most patients typically require a series of between three and five treatments per region for optimal results. These treatments involve minimal downtime and discomfort.

Find out more about the advanced spider vein treatments available Upper East Side Cardiology by calling the office or booking online today.