Spider Veins Specialist

Mark A. Schwartz, MD, FACS, RPVI -  - Vascular Surgeon

North Shore Vein Center

Mark A. Schwartz, MD, FACS, RPVI

Vascular Surgeon located in Lake Success, NY

If you have unsightly spider veins, Mark Schwartz, MD, FACS, RPVI, of North Shore Vein Center in Lake Success, New York, offers the latest forms of treatment for removing them. Dr. Schwartz is a specialist in vein health and has considerable expertise with advanced spider vein treatments, including laser therapy, sclerotherapy, and the VeinGogh™ ohmic thermolysis system. Call North Shore Vein Center today to find out more.

Spider Veins Q & A

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are tiny, thread-like colored veins that can appear on the surface of your skin. Spider veins, or telangiectasias, appear as dark or lighter shades of blue, purple, or red. They’re found most commonly on the thighs or lower legs of women but can also appear on the face. People often want to get treatment for spider veins because of aesthetic concerns. However, it’s also common for spider veins to cause symptoms such as:

  • Aching
  • Heaviness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Night cramps

Estimates indicate that at least one-third of the adult female population has spider veins.

What causes spider veins?

Certain factors can contribute to the risk of developing spider veins, including:

  • Weight gain
  • Heredity
  • Trauma
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal factors
  • Sun exposure

Occupations or activities for which you need to spend long periods sitting or standing are also a leading cause of spider veins.

How are spider veins treated?

Treatment options for spider veins include:

VeinGogh™ ohmic thermolysis system

VeinGogh is a state-of-the-art alternative to laser therapy and other light-based solutions. It uses a hair-thin, insulated probe to thermocoagulate and instantly eliminates problem blood vessels like spider veins on any skin type.

Using revolutionary microburst technology, VeinGogh enables Dr. Schwartz to deliver controlled heating of the affected blood vessels without causing significant discomfort or visible damage to the surrounding tissue. With VeinGogh, you can achieve fast, easy results in just two to three sessions.


Dr. Schwartz performs sclerotherapy using either an FDA-approved solution called sodium tetradecyl sulfate (Sotradecol), or ultrasound-guided foam sclerosant. He uses a tiny needle to inject the solution into the spider veins, causing them to seal shut. Your body naturally diverts blood through other, healthy veins.

Your body absorbs the treated vein over time, so it eventually disappears altogether or becomes nearly invisible. Sotradecol ensures superior results, and patients generally tolerate it better than traditional hypertonic saline injections. Sclerotherapy is particularly effective for the “feeder” veins.

Generally, you can resume normal activities immediately after a sclerotherapy session. You may need to wear medically prescribed compression stockings or bandages for several days to assist in the resolution of the veins.

Laser therapy

Superficial laser therapy makes use of thermal energy to super-heat problem veins, causing them to collapse and seal shut.

All these procedures take place in-office using only local anesthesia. Most patients typically require a series of between three and five treatments per region for optimal results. These treatments involve minimal downtime and discomfort.

Find out more about the advanced spider vein treatments available at North Shore Vein Center by calling the office today.