Spider and Reticular Veins

Spider and reticular veins, also known as superficial leg veins, are small veins that appear just below the skin’s surface. They are typically red, blue or purple in color and commonly occur on the thighs, calves and ankles. Spider veins can be genetic or related to pregnancy, the use of birth control pills or weight gain.

Treatment Options

Spider and reticular veins can be cosmetically unappealing, bleed and cause significant discomfort. We perform office-based, outpatient procedures at the Northville Health Center, Brighton Center for Specialty Care and at the East Ann Arbor Medical procedures unit.

The primary treatment is: 

  • Sclerotherapy:  A chemical solution or foam is injected directly into the veins, causing the veins to disappear over time. 

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment to discuss your need for treatment for spider or reticular veins or other cardiovascular or venous disease, contact us toll-free at 888-287-1082 or email us at CVCCallCtr@med.umich.edu . To learn more about what to expect when you call the Cardiovascular Center Call Center, visit our Make an Appointment page.