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Telangiectasia is the term given to a collection of dilated blood vessels. They can occur on their own, or after skin injury (e.g. sun damage, post-radiation), or may arise due to an underlying condition.

A spider telangiectasia, also called a spider nevus, is a telangiectasia with a red central feeding vessel and outward radiating branches. It tends to be more common in women and children. It varies in size from several millimetres to more than a centimeter. Typical locations include the head and neck, hands, and upper trunk. Multiple lesions are sometimes seen with increased estrogen states e.g. pregnancy, oral contraceptives, or liver disease.

Causes of telangiactasia may include:

  • Alcohol use;
  • Aging;
  • Sun exposure.

Laser and Intense Pulsed Light can work extremely well in treating non systemic telangiectasia and in particular spider nevus.

For telangiactasia on the legs and body Sclerotherapy is a treatment that is commonly used to great success and can also be used on smaller varicose veins, reticular veins, superficial visible veins and thread veins (fine veins that can be seen through the skin, also sometimes known as spider veins).
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a substance into the unwanted veins to cause them to close down. 

The injections are virtually painless, but the number of sessions you require may vary depending on the size or number of areas which need treatment.


Available Treatments

IPL Photorejuvenation

IPL Photorejuvenation can target different structures including hair, blood vessels and sun-damage by pulsing different wavelengths of light into the skin.


Sclerotherapy is a procedure designed to decrease the visibility and appearance of unsightly spider veins commonly found on legs and occasionally on other areas of the body.