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 that our vein specialist 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 three 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.
*Results May Vary
Frequently Asked Questions about Spider Veins:
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are bundles of small red or blue veins near the surface of the skin. Spider veins are an unsightly cosmetic condition found in millions of adult women., and sometimes they are the result of a more serious underlying vein problem.
How does sclerotherapy treatment for spider veins work?
Sclerotherapy involves placing a tiny needle with a mild soap solution into the affected spider veins. The spider veins then gradually absorb and disappear.
Do we offer any other treatments for spider veins on the legs?
Yes. For resistant red vessels, we will often use lasers, although the best treatment for most of the veins still remains injection sclerotherapy.
How many treatments are required and how far apart?
Spider vein treatments are usually done at least three weeks apart and most people require two to four treatments. For more information about our spider vein treatments, contact our practice.
Spider Vein Treatment
Dr. Jeffrey A. Hunt and the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay specialize in the treatment of venous disorders and boast a phenomenal success rate diminishing 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 Tampa Bay to arrange a free consultation and examination.