Vein Treatments

Spider Veins (telangiectasiae)

Spider veins (telangiectasiae) are tiny red or purple veins that can be seen on the face, legs (upper thighs to feet) and occasionally chest, back and abdomen.

They are on the surface of the skin and can appear as single lines or connected blue veins resembling tree branches or star bursts. 

They can arise due to family genetic traits, as an offshoot of varicose veins, from trauma or previous varicose vein surgery. They are more common in women probably due to hormonal fluctuations. 

Treatment Options


Microsclerotherapy is considered by most Phlebologists (vein experts) to be the best form of treatment of reticular veins and spider veins of the legs, and in some instances, the face and trunk. 

Microsclerotherapy makes use of a chemical agent called a sclerosant, to destroy the vein wall, thereby causing the veins to shut down. A very fine needle is inserted into the vessels and small amounts of solution are injected at several sites. Once the veins have shut down, blood no longer flows through them and they become firm and discoloured. The body’s defence mechanism treats them as a bruise. Gradual re-absorption takes place and over time the veins fade away. 

Microsclerotherapy - Side Effects

IPL and Vascular Lasers

IPL (intense pulsed light) and vascular lasers use light energy to destroy spider veins.  This is an alternative to microsclerotherapy. IPL is very effective on tiny spider veins, blush areas, spider naevi and hereditary telangiectatic matting (sock like distribution of masses of tiny vessels over ankle and foot).

IPL and Vascular Lasers - Side Effects

Locations for Service


Vein and Skin Clinic
38 Roxburgh Street
Mt Victoria 

New Plymouth

New Plymouth
Vein and Skin Clinic
23 Hobson Street

Book a Consultation

To book a consultation with one of our doctors (fees apply) please Contact Us through our enquiry form, by phoning Vein & Skin Clinic on 0800 639 968, or simply book online with one of our Phlebologists.

The cost of this procedure varies according to the areas that require treatment and whether the area is treated alone or in conjunction with other areas. (This is most common).

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