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Varicose & Spider Veins


Red, threadlike lines on your face, legs, or feet may be spider veins, which are like varicose veins, but smaller. Jonathan Arad, MD, Michelle Molina, MD, and the team at Wellness and Surgery provide quick, in-office spider vein treatment at their state-of-the-art facility in Ardsley, New York, and serving patients across New York and New Jersey. If you experience discomfort from spider veins, call today or request an appointment online.


Varicose Veins

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are bulging, discolored blood vessels that most often occur in your legs, although they can affect other parts of your body. These veins usually appear swollen and blue or purple in color. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but smaller.

Some people experience painful varicose veins, while others are more concerned with how they look. If varicose veins trouble you for any reason, the expert team at Wellness and Surgery can help. They offer a 10-minute, in-office procedure to eliminate varicose veins.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

The primary sign of varicose veins is the presence of one or more veins that appear twisted, enlarged, and dark purple or blue in color.

Other symptoms include leg pain and cramping, a feeling of heaviness in your legs, itching, and skin discoloration.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins are due to damaged or weakened valves in your veins. Because you spend so much time standing and walking, the veins in your legs need to work against gravity to push blood back to your heart.

When the valves in your veins don’t work properly, blood can flow backward. This condition is known as chronic venous insufficiency. If blood pools in your veins, it can cause the bulging, twisted, and discolored appearance of varicose veins.

How are varicose veins diagnosed and treated?

The expert team at Wellness and Surgery has successfully treated hundreds of people with varicose veins.

They perform a quick, non-invasive ultrasound to confirm a diagnosis of venous insufficiency. Then, they recommend the best approach to treatment for your particular needs. Varicose vein treatments include:

  • Lifestyle changes like weight loss
  • Wearing compression stockings
  • Endovenous radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation destroys the vein with heat energy and provides permanent relief from varicose veins and their symptoms.

Varicose vein treatments are minimally invasive, painless, are covered by insurance, and take minimal time to recover. Recovery time is about one day, but you may need to wear compression stockings for a period of time.

For expertise in varicose vein treatment, call Wellness and Surgery today or request an appointment online.

Varicose Veins

Spider Veins

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are thin lines or clusters of blood vessels that look like tree branches and are visible beneath the surface of your skin. These veins get their name from the spider webs they resemble in appearance.

Though usually harmless, spider veins can cause symptoms like aching, pain, or a burning sensation. Standing for long periods can cause symptoms to worsen.

If you experience spider vein symptoms or are bothered by their appearance, the team at Wellness and Surgery can help. They’ve performed hundreds of quick, in-office spider vein treatments that easily resolve the problem.

How are spider veins different from varicose veins?

Spider veins and varicose veins both result from a problem with the valves inside your veins, known as venous insufficiency. However, there are many differences between the two conditions.

Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and usually red in color, although they can be blue or purple. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins don’t bulge out of your skin. You can see them because they’re close to your skin’s surface, while varicose veins can be deeper.

Another difference is that varicose veins nearly always occur in your legs, but spider veins often appear on your face, legs, or feet.

How are spider veins diagnosed and treated?

First, the Wellness and Surgery team discusses your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam. They can diagnose venous insufficiency with a quick, in-office ultrasound exam to check your blood flow.

Then, they recommend the best course of treatment based on your particular symptoms and overall health. Treatment options for spider veins include:

Endovenous radiofrequency ablation

This approach uses radiofrequency energy to heat and destroy veins. Two veins take less than 10 minutes to treat.

Your insurance will cover treatment if spider veins are more than a cosmetic concern. There’s little to no recovery time, and the treatments are done in specialized centers where transportation is provided for you. Patients have the choice of sedation for a short 10-minute procedure or opting for local anesthesia.

To learn how you can get rid of spider veins, call Wellness and Surgery today or request an appointment online.

Spider Veins


Ready to put an end to varicose and spider vein?

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Arad or Dr. Molina at Wellness & Surgery today!