What are spider veins?

Spider veins are small, superficial veins with a thread-like appearance, visible on the surface of the skin. These tiny, twisting veins may appear on the backs and sides of the thighs and the legs below the knee level; or on the face, around the nose or other areas. Spider veins are not a health problem but are often a troubling aesthetic issue.


Who is a candidate for spider vein treatment?

You may be a candidate for spider vein treatment if you are bothered by small, visible spider veins on your face, legs, or on any other area of your body. Dr. Ostad provides several effective spider vein treatment options. He evaluates the size and depth of the problem veins to determine the most appropriate treatment for you.

Why choose Dr. Ariel Ostad?

At Ariel Ostad MD PC, our patients are our number one priority: we adhere strictly to all safety procedures to ensure the best quality care and strive to achieve the best outcomes in every treatment we perform.

Dr. Ostad and his staff are known for their advanced training; they stay ahead of the curve on state-of-the-art techniques, offering treatments with the latest developments in cosmetic dermatology.

We believe in creating a safe and inclusive environment: Dr. Ostad is not only a highly-qualified dermatologist, known as an expert in his field but also a compassionate, caring doctor with an excellent bedside manner who places a high value on trust.

What can I expect  with spider vein treatment??

Your exact procedure will depend on which spider vein treatment is recommended for you. Dr. Ostad provides safe, effective options, including sclerotherapy and laser vein treatment.


Sclerotherapy is a time-tested technique for the removal of spider veins. Using a very fine needle, a sclerosing (hardening of body tissues) solution is injected into the problem vein. The formulation irritates the vein walls, causing the capillary to close and die. Blood is automatically rerouted through healthy veins and over time, the body harmlessly metabolizes the blood vessel. For greater precision, Dr. Ostad uses an advanced ultrasound-guided technique in this minimally-invasive procedure. Sclerotherapy is up to 80% effective and appropriate for noticeable spider veins in the legs.

Laser vein treatment

The Excel®-V laser is the gold standard for treating spider veins on the face (telangiectasia), legs, and body. This device uses a wavelength of light specifically focused on red pigmentation, so it is also useful in improving rosacea, scars, and hemangioma (red spots on skin). Blood inside treated veins coagulates from heat generated by targeted pulses of light energy. The vessel is destroyed and absorbed by the body, and blood flow is naturally redirected. This treatment is well-tolerated, with pulses of laser energy generally described as a stinging sensation. The device has a built-in cooling mechanism to maintain a comfortable temperature for surface skin.

Benefits of laser vein removal

Sclerotherapy For Spider Vein Treatment

Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy For Spider Vein Treatment

Before & After


What is the recovery like after spider vein treatment?

Compression stockings must be worn for several weeks after sclerotherapy. You may experience bruising, raised red areas, lines or dots of darkened skin, and small skin sores at the injection sites. You may return to work or normal activities with very few restrictions. Avoid strenuous exercise and overexertion for a few days after treatment to allow time for healing. After laser vein treatment, you can expect minimal post-procedure discomfort and little downtime. You may experience slight swelling, bruising, or redness for approximately 48 hours.

How soon will I see results after spider vein treatment?

After sclerotherapy, treated spider veins usually fade within a few days, although, in some cases it may take a month or longer for final results to appear. After laser vein treatment, significant improvement appears in as little as two weeks and continues for several months.

Medical-grade skincare products that will help maintain and enhance your results

These skincare products combined with your treatment plan customized by Dr. Ostad will help enhance your results and improve your overall skin texture. Click on a product below to learn more.

Dr. Ariel Ostad has seen patients for this service from all over the tri-state area, including Manhattan, Midtown, the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side, Brooklyn, New York City, the Bronx, Harlem, Astoria, Queens, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and more. If you are interested in any of the services offered at the Office of Dr. Ariel Ostad, please contact us for more information.

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