Houston & Pearland, TX

Spider Vein Treatment

Introduction to Spider Vein Treatment

Unsightly spider veins and various vascular (red) spots affect millions of men and women. While the broken vessels in superficial veins are not serious health concerns, they can be sources of embarrassment. Dr. Christopher Hankins at Premier Plastic Surgery can determine which laser best addresses your facial vein/ redness conditions and skin type.

If you’re bothered by the appearance of spider veins (telangiectasias) in your legs, you’re not alone! Abnormal leg veins occur in 29 to 41% of women and 6 to 15% of men in the United States. If you live in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, or the nearby neighborhoods of South Houston, Dr. Hankins at Premier Plastic Surgery can help you with leg and facial vein removal.

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What is Spider Vein Treatment?

Spider vein treatment, also known as Sclerotherapy, is a minimally invasive treatment used for decades to safely and effectively treat varicose and spider veins. Some valves inside our veins maintain the unidirectional flow of blood towards the heart. If the valves become incompetent or allow blood to backflow, blood pools or backs up inside the vessel, causing it to swell and the walls of the vein to thin.

Varicose veins affect more than 80 million adult Americans. While small varicose veins are unsightly and can cause embarrassment, large varicose veins can be a severe health condition, resulting in discoloration of the skin and the appearance of venous stasis ulcers– large varicose veins may even result in blood clots.

There are several misconceptions as to why spider and varicose veins occur. The most common myth is crossing your legs can cause varicose veins. Crossing your legs or wearing high heels does not cause varicose vein formation or new spider veins. Some causes include:

  • Genetics
  • Oral birth control pills
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal changes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Prolonged standing without protective venous compression

Before treating leg veins, one must realize that this is a maintenance procedure and that new veins can appear after the treatment of others. Thanks to laser vein removal systems and sclerotherapy, men and women alike can make unsightly spider and superficial facial veins a thing of the past. Dr. Christopher Hankins at Premier Plastic Surgery uses the most advanced lasers to safely and effectively treat both leg and tiny superficial face veins (see facial vein removal).

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Leg Vein Removal Treatment Options

Home Remedies

Support or compression stockings are an option for in-home treatment. They can be purchased at retail or pharmacies to address the pain and discomfort that varicose veins may cause. These stockings offer some relief and improve circulation in your legs.

Laser Vein Treatment for Leg Veins

Often, home remedies do not bring relief, and medical treatment is needed to get your legs feeling and looking better. Dr. Hankins can effectively treat leg veins using lasers targeting hemoglobin and/or IPL. These precise laser-focused treatments are quick and usually collapse and close off the vessels in just a few sessions, with the remaining coloration dissipating over several months. Lasers can target veins that are too small for treatment by sclerotherapy.


is a chemical injected directly into the vein through a needle and syringe. The solution destroys the blood vessel, causing damage to the inside lining of the vein scarring, causing the vein to close off and disappear over time. Side effects can include a temporary discoloration of the skin.

Endovenous Treatment 

Endovenous laser vein treatment is an alternative procedure to target varicose veins that were once only treatable by surgery. This procedure uses a small laser fiber placed inside the vessel, allowing the delivery of pulses of laser light that collapse the vein. Studies suggest that endovenous lasers are effective 98% of the time in treating varicose veins. Patients also report less pain and a quicker recovery than with ligation and stripping. This treatment is for more prominent varicose veins.

What Are the Benefits of Spider Vein Treatment?

The benefits of spider vein treatment in Houston and Pearland can vary depending on individual circumstances, the severity of the spider veins, and the chosen treatment method. However, here are some expected benefits of spider vein treatment:

  • Improved cosmetic appearance
  • Boosted self-esteem
  • Reduced discomfort
  • Prevention of future complications
  • Better circulation
  • Increased mobility
  • Quick recovery
  • Customized solutions
  • Enhanced quality of life

It’s important to note that the specific benefits of spider vein treatment can vary based on the chosen treatment method and individual factors. Before undergoing treatment, individuals should consult with a healthcare provider to discuss their unique situation, treatment options, and expected outcomes.

Who Are the Best Candidates for Spider Vein Treatment?

Generally, adults in relatively good health and concerned about spider or varicose veins are considered good candidates for spider vein treatment. However, there are some exceptions. For instance, it doesn’t matter how old or healthy you are if you are breastfeeding, trying to become pregnant, or pregnant.

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Spider Vein Treatment First Step

What’s the
first step?

If you are in Houston and ready to address your spider veins and reach your aesthetic goals, look no further than Premier Plastic Surgery in Pearland, TX. During this initial consultation, you will review your current medications, medical conditions, previous treatments, family history, herbal supplements, vitamins, tobacco, alcohol, etc. Dr. Hankins will discuss your options and potential risks after assessing your veins in detail and evaluating your general health. Should you choose to proceed with the treatment, your procedure plan will be created, and our Patient Coordinator will help you schedule your treatment.

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What to Expect From a Spider Vein Treatment

When you come in for treatment, Dr. Hankins injects small doses of sclerosing solution into the affected veins. The solution irritates the vein lining, eventually causing them to disappear. Most treatments take about 30 minutes to an hour; however, the duration can depend on the patient. Local anesthesia or other pain management options can be utilized to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Dr. Hankins and his team will follow the treatment plan previously discussed in your consultation, as it’s tailored to your specific needs. 

Spider Vein Treatment Cost

How Much Does Spider Vein Treatment Cost in Houston, TX?

The cost of spider vein treatment in Houston and Pearland will vary on numerous factors, including the amount and severity of the treatment. The best way to get an accurate cost estimate is to consult with Dr. Hankins. Once your treatment plan has been made, our Patient Coordinator can provide you with a total cost breakdown.

Premier Plastic Surgery proudly offers financing options for our patients – call our office for pricing information.

Why Choose Dr. Hankins?

Choose Dr. Hankins for your spider vein treatment in Pearland and the surrounding Houston area because he sets the bar in Texas – and in Texas, we do things with confidence and stride. With a commitment to patient-centered care, Dr. Hankins evaluates each patient comprehensively, ensuring treatments align with their best interests. A cosmetic surgeon specializing in face, breast, and body aesthetic surgery, Dr. Hankins brings extensive training in hand surgery and breast reconstruction after cancer. With five plastic surgery fellowships under distinguished mentors in the US and UK, including at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and memberships with the American Board of Pathology (ABP), the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), the American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine (AAAAM), and the Texas Medical Association (TMA), Dr. Hankins is dedicated to delivering exceptional results. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas (Hook them Horns!) In the medical branch at Galveston, he completed rigorous training in general surgery and anatomic and clinical pathology. He’s the surgeon you’ve been looking for, and I can’t wait to meet you.

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Spider Vein Treatment FAQ’S

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Hankins and his staff at Premier Plastic Surgery are happy to offer leg vein and facial vein removal treatments to patients living in and around Houston and the surrounding areas in South Houston, including Lake Jackson. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation.

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