Spider Veins

Feel good about your legs again

What Are Spider Veins

Spider veins (Telangiectasias) are small, dilated blood vessels just under the skin. When the valves in the blood vessels don’t work properly, the blood backs up and expands the vein to the point that it’s visible through the skin.

Spider veins are typically a cosmetic issue, but there’s always the possibility of an underlying condition. If they cause pain, we use a venous ultrasound to determine if there are disorders in the deeper veins.

Our Advanced Treatments

Dr. Krikorian continuously looks for better ways to treat spider veins. He never limits your options to standard procedures, but looks for the most forward-thinking treatments and technology from around the globe.

Before & After

"I’ve treated thousands of people with spider veins, and it brings me joy to see how happy they are with the results. It really improves your quality of life when you can wear what you like and feel good about your legs."
- Dr. Krikorian

Get Treated Sooner

Because we’re highly specialized, with seven treatment locations in the St. Louis area, we’re able to schedule your exam and treatment much sooner than other facilities. Call us at 314-849-0923 or complete this contact form to get started.

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What To Expect


When you arrive, you’ll complete a new patient form, which will ask you to list all your current medications. Wear or bring a pair of shorts for the exam, or we can provide a pair. Then we’ll take your vital signs. Dr. Krikorian will discuss your concerns, examine your spider veins, and determine if treatment is recommended.


We will likely treat your spider veins with sclerotherapy, an injection of a medical solution that closes off damaged veins. This is an in-office treatment which we can schedule after your consultation. Learn more about sclerotherapy.


After the procedure, we’ll wrap your legs in ace bandages. You’ll be able to resume normal activities, and remove the bandages 1-2 days later.

"Very Knowledgable!"
"Very Knowledgable!"Happy Patient
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After my stress test was normal, Dr. Krikorian explained that the test was around 70% accurate and that I should pay close attention to my body for any warning signs. A few weeks later I was exercising when my energy was zapped in less than 10 minutes and I had a pain under the sternum. I called Dr. Krikorian and he scheduled a cardiac catheterization the next day. He said I showed no sign of a heart attack but he found a 99% blockage in the circumflex artery, which he opened with a stent. I am grateful that he explained possible warning signs and then responded quickly with the catheterization and stent.
"My Leg is Feeling So Much Better!"
"My Leg is Feeling So Much Better!"Marlene G.
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Dr. Krikorian performed a laser ablation to treat the vein disease in my right leg. I didn’t even realize how much my left leg hurt from varicose veins until he fixed my right leg! I thought the treatment would be painful, so I was so pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t.
"No More Pain!"
"No More Pain!"MaryAnn R.
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My daughter could not believe how good my legs looked! She is going to see Dr. Krikorian too. I was completely satisfied with my treatment and am no longer in pain. The result is fantastic and I highly recommend going to see Dr. Krikorian if you are experiencing any leg pain.
"I Walked 2 Miles the Next Day!"
"I Walked 2 Miles the Next Day!"Shirley M.
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I had suffered with varicose veins for years. I recently went to see Dr. Krikorian at Virtue Vein & Lymphatic Center where he told me everything I needed to know about vein disease and the treatment options. He performed a laser ablation on my diseased vein, and I was able to resume my normal activity the day after my procedure!
"They Listen Very Well!"
"They Listen Very Well!"Jeff K.
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Dr. Krikorian is a busy man, but he will take the time necessary to really listen to you and figure out what the problem is. Most doctors these days seem to be talking to the computer, and not the person. Well, here it is the other way around.

Spider Veins FAQ

There are many causes, heredity, obesity, injury, hormone changes – and sometimes the cause is unknown. They’re most common in people over 30 and pregnant women.

Spider veins are considered cosmetic, so the treatment is not covered.

No. However, superficial spider veins are likely the cause of an underlying deeper vein abnormality.

No. We use minimally invasive injections, similar to a vaccine, but not as deep.

Spider veins can return and may require a second treatment. If the provider believes two treatments will be needed, we offer a discounted rate if they are paid for together.

Weight management and exercise helps. Avoid sitting for more than a half hour at a time and consider wearing 20-30 mmHg compression stockings.