Spider and varicose veins can be disconcerting to look at. They may cause discomfort even, however most remain harmless. For this reason, we recommend against any aggressive treatment measures during pregnancy including sclerotherapy.
Importantly, pregnant patients should still discuss their symptoms and consider an early evaluation with a vein specialist. The diagnosis is confirmed by duplex ultrasound and can be safely performed during the pregnancy, if needed. Any vein treatments are ideally postponed until after delivery. Early diagnosis during pregnancy can help to prevent progression of spider and varicose veins through the use of compression stockings, elevation, and diet modification.
Importantly, a great number of spider and varicose veins tend to improve even without treatment following delivery. However for patients with persistent symptoms or pre-existing vein disease, effective vein treatments are minimally-invasive and safely performed in our offices.