Skin Concern:

Spider Veins

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are small, damaged veins that can appear on the surface of the legs or face and have a red, blue or purple tone to them. These can also be referred to as thread veins and their appearance looks a little like a spider web, hence the term ‘spider veins’.
They are like varicose veins but a lot smaller. Valves inside the tiny veins are not working properly allowing blood to backflow, pool or burst the vessel, which becomes visible under your skin. They are close to the surface of the skin and tend to be very visible – red or purple in colour.
Spider Veins

What causes spider veins?

Spider Veins are very common and often can be a result of working in a job that involves standing for long periods; they can be hereditary or related to obesity and lifestyle. Other causes of spider veins include:
  • Sun damage
  • Genetics
  • Rubbing your face too hard
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol use
  • Free radicals
  • Rosacea
  • Hormonal changes
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Aging

How Can Spider Veins Be Treated?

Treating spider veins has several treatment options, the one we recommend is the most advanced aesthetic laser technology from both Alma (Wellington only) and  Cutera. The 1064 nm (Auckland only) wavelength offers greater depth of penetration and its extended pulse duration facilitates a powerful heating allowing treatment of deeper lesions that cannot be targeted by shorter wavelengths. The applicator features a unique open-angle view with an aiming beam which vastly improves visualization of blood vessels underneath the skin. Simultaneous contact cooling technology incorporated into the tip cools the skin during treatment, minimizing the risk of side effects and resulting in a more comfortable treatment for patients.


Our non-surgical treatment delivers pulses of light energy which cause the blood within the vein to coagulate (solidify), eventually destroying the treated vessel.

Book a 20-minute skin consultation with our RNs or therapists to discuss & plan the best treatment for you.