Spider & Varicose Veins Specialist

David Naar, MD -  - Board Certified Vascular Surgeon

Premier Vein Clinic

David Naar, MD

Board Certified Vascular Surgeon located in Westlake, OH

Unsightly varicose veins and spider veins affect over % of American adults. Using the latest technologies combined with his vast expertise, Dr. David Naar at Premier Vein Clinic provides cosmetic vein treatments to restore the appearance of the men and women he treats in the Cuyahoga County of Ohio. Don’t wait to take the first step towards having smooth legs again: Call Premier Vein Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.

Spider & Varicose Veins Q & A


What are varicose veins and spider veins?

Often going hand in hand, varicose veins and spider veins can be an unsightly cause of embarrassment. While they generally occur on your legs and feet, they may also appear on your arms, hands, and even face.

Varicose veins are enlarged, often knotty-looking veins that are visible beneath the surface of your skin. They’re typically blue or purple, and though they are usually harmless, they may cause discomfort and can be sensitive to the touch.

Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and most often appear on your legs and feet. They get their name from their resemblance to spider webs.

What are symptoms of varicose veins and spider veins?

The most common and obvious symptoms of varicose veins and spider veins is their visible appearance. Though that may be the only symptom, varicose veins and spider veins can also cause:

  • Blood clots
  • Aching or itching in the affected area
  • Discoloration of the vein and surrounding skin
  • Sensitivity of the area to touch

What causes varicose veins and spider veins?

Your risk of developing varicose veins or spider veins increases if you:

  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have a family history of them
  • Lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • Are older
  • Are a woman

How are varicose veins and spider veins treated?

Dr. Naar uses the latest technologies to treat varicose veins and spider veins to restore your natural appearance in the affected area.

Endovenous ablation is one technique Dr. Naar often uses to treat varicose veins, utilizing radiofrequency or laser energy to collapse the veins. This minimally invasive treatment has a 97% success rate and requires no downtime afterward.

Dr. Naar may also turn to microphlebectomy to remove your varicose vein. In this procedure, he makes a small incision, then inserts a small hook-like instrument and removes the offending varicose vein. You can return to normal activities within a day or two following this minor surgical procedure.

To get rid of spider veins and some smaller varicose veins, Dr. Naar turns to sclerotherapy in which he injects a solution into the spider veins, causing them to collapse and leaving your legs smooth and free of blemishes once more.

If you have unsightly varicose veins or spider veins, get help from Dr. Naar, a highly skilled vascular surgeon. To learn more about the cosmetic vein treatments offered at Premier Vein Clinic, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Dr. Naar Performing a vein stripping phlebectomy 

Spider Vein FAQs

What are spider veins a sign of?

Spider veins are a sign of early chronic venous dysfunction. They appear in the early stage of venous insufficiency. 

Are spider veins the same as varicose veins?

No. Spider veins are smaller. Varicose veins are larger and can show as bulging. 

Why am I suddenly getting spider veins?

There multiple reasons, prolonged standing, hormonal treatments, pregnancy, smoking, weight gain and lack of exercise can promote spider veins. 

What is the best treatment for spider veins?

Sclerotherapy is the most effective and accepted treatment. Laser is only recommended for patients with phobias to needles and allergies to sclerosant agents. 

When should I see a doctor about spider veins?

The sooner they are noted, medical advice should be obtained. 

Can weight gain cause spider veins?

Yes. As weight increases so does venous pressure.