Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay

Spider Veins

Spider veins, also known as telagiectasias, are small thin vessels that lie close to the surface of the skin.
Found in millions of adults across the country, this common condition is one of the many vascular disorders Jeffrey A. Hunt D.O., R.V.S., R.V.P.I. can correct.

Although these superfine veins are connected with the larger venous system, they are not an essential part of it. Spider Veins have 3 patterns:

  • “Spider shape” with a group of veins radiating outward from a dark central point
  • “Arborizing” which resemble tiny branch-like shapes
  • “Linear” which appear in thin separate lines

Causes of Spider Veins


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Spider veins are commonly found on the legs and face and may be spider-shaped, branch-shaped, or appear as thin, short jagged lines. As people age, more leg veins seem to appear. The three primary causes of spider veins are:

  • Heredity: If other people in your family suffer from spider veins, you are more likely to develop them over time as well.
  • Pregnancy: During pregnancy, hormonal shifts often cause poor blood circulation, leading to spider vein growth.
  • Prolonged sitting or standing: If your occupation or lifestyle entails standing up or sitting down for long periods of time, then increased venous pressure may cause spider veins.

Other less common causes of spider veins include excess sun exposure, chronic constipation, certain medications and birth control pills, weight gain, and wearing high-heeled shoes or tight clothing.

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Sclerotherapy for Cosmetic Spider Veins

Available to patients from Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, and Greater Florida, sclerotherapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment for spider veins. During a sclerotherapy session, tiny injections are made into the vein causing the unsightly and no longer functional vessels to contract and collapse. Patients generally experience a 40 percent improvement in the appearance of spider veins after each sclerotherapy treatment. Depending on the patient’s condition and desired results, between two and six sclerotherapy sessions (each typically less than thirty minutes) are needed to achieve optimum results.

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Spider Vein Treatment

Jeffrey A. Hunt D.O., R.V.S., R.V.P.I. and the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay specialize in the treatment of venous disorders and boast a phenomenal success rate eliminating spider veins using lasers, sclerotherapy, and other techniques. These vein treatment options are designed to restore a healthier, more youthful appearance to the legs, as well as reduce the pain and discomfort sometimes associated with spider veins. For more information on spider veins, contact our vein treatment office in Florida, serving patients from the greater Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg area, to arrange a free consultation and examination.

Cosmetic Veinwave™ Treatment for Spider Veins

Veinwave™ is a cosmetic skin procedure designed to treat noticeable and resilient spider veins that appear under the skin. During the procedure, a radiofrequency energy needle (insulated with a micro sheath) is gently inserted into the top layer of skin to avoid penetrating the red blood vessels or adversely affecting the surrounding tissues. The energy is then released through the needle causing the spider veins to disappear almost immediately.

As a minimally-invasive procedure, Veinwave™ generally feels like a tiny pinprick, and many patients typically walk out of the office with vein-free skin and almost no signs of treatment.
Patients with more sensitive skin may experience some reddening for a limited time; however, all patients can typically resume their normal routines immediately following the procedure. In some cases, small micro-crusts may appear on the treated areas but will disappear without any necessary attention.

For optimal aesthetic results, Veinwave™ can also be combined with sclerotherapy or other cosmetic skin treatments.

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