Spider veins are not only a reason to avoid wearing shorts—they can be a symptom of more sinister circulatory problems. That’s why Dr. Ian Katz, a board-certified physician specializing in phlebology and sclerotherapy, offers three types of vein treatments, all of which help prevent future circulatory problems and remedy the appearance of spider and varicose veins. The first option is surgical removal, which Dr. Katz performs so precisely that patients typically don't even need stitches. Then there's sclerotherapy, the injection of a fluid that causes the vein to collapse and be absorbed back into the body. But perhaps the most intriguing technique—and Dr. Katz's specialty—is the VNUS closure procedure. The heat that this treatment's radiofrequency catheter generates closes off spider and varicose veins, reducing their exterior appearance and rerouting the blood they carry to healthier veins. The recovery process is simple; after the outpatient procedure, patients return to their normal routines within one to two days, and they see results after as little as one treatment. Following any of these treatments, patients may need to wear compression stockings for a time, but fortunately they don't have to resort to extreme measures, such as eating an apple every day.