Spider Veins Specialist

Spider Veins Q & A

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small, damaged veins appearing just under the skin as red or blue lines. They often appear just below the knee and on the back of the leg and are most prominent in women and those with fair skin.

They’re often caused by the one-way valve in smaller veins no longer functioning properly. Blood flowing through these veins slows and often pools in one area, spreading out into visible branches. 

What Creates the Risk of Developing Spider Veins? 

There are several causes of spider veins with the most prominent being heredity. If close family members experience spider veins, you may also be at risk of developing them. Other causes include:

  • Hormones stemming from pregnancy, menopause, and sometimes puberty
  • Blood clots
  • Hormonal replacement therapy for those experiencing menopause
  • Those in professions that call for extended periods of standing
  • Birth control pills

Sun damage is also a known cause of spider veins. Ultraviolet light from the sun can damage blood vessels, causing discoloration due to poorly functioning veins.

What Are the Treatment Options for Spider Veins?

Self-care can be a good place to start treatment of spider veins. This includes weight loss, elevating legs periodically, wearing compression stockings, and avoiding excessive sun exposure.

Those looking for professional intervention consider sclerotherapy for a reduced appearance of spider veins. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of an agent such as Asclera into the spider veins. This damages the veins’ cell lining, causing the veins to clot and no longer function. The body absorbs the veins, returning the skin to usual appearance.

Endovenous laser ablation is another treatment option for removing spider veins. During the procedure, your spider vein specialist at GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center uses a Dornier laser. This targets the pigmentation of your red blood cells, causes the cell walls of the spider veins to contract and eventually stop functioning. The body then removes the cells and replaces them with healthy tissue.

To discover more about your treatment options at GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center, contact us for an appointment today.

Spider Veins Q & A

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small, damaged veins appearing just under the skin as red or blue lines. They often appear just below the knee and on the back of the leg and are most prominent in women and those with fair skin.

They’re often caused by the one-way valve in smaller veins no longer functioning properly. Blood flowing through these veins slows and often pools in one area, spreading out into visible branches. 

What Creates the Risk of Developing Spider Veins? 

There are several causes of spider veins with the most prominent being heredity. If close family members experience spider veins, you may also be at risk of developing them. Other causes include:

  • Hormones stemming from pregnancy, menopause, and sometimes puberty
  • Blood clots
  • Hormonal replacement therapy for those experiencing menopause
  • Those in professions that call for extended periods of standing
  • Birth control pills

Sun damage is also a known cause of spider veins. Ultraviolet light from the sun can damage blood vessels, causing discoloration due to poorly functioning veins.

What Are the Treatment Options for Spider Veins?

Self-care can be a good place to start treatment of spider veins. This includes weight loss, elevating legs periodically, wearing compression stockings, and avoiding excessive sun exposure.

Those looking for professional intervention consider sclerotherapy for a reduced appearance of spider veins. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of an agent such as Asclera into the spider veins. This damages the veins’ cell lining, causing the veins to clot and no longer function. The body absorbs the veins, returning the skin to usual appearance.

Endovenous laser ablation is another treatment option for removing spider veins. During the procedure, your spider vein specialist at GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center uses a Dornier laser. This targets the pigmentation of your red blood cells, causes the cell walls of the spider veins to contract and eventually stop functioning. The body then removes the cells and replaces them with healthy tissue.

To discover more about your treatment options at GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center, contact us for an appointment today.

Working Hours

Mon – Thur | 7am-12pm; 1pm-5pm

Fri – Sun | Closed

Contact Us

Book an appointment and get in touch with our staff today.

Call us anytime

813-681-7512

Message us

melanie@gulfcoastveinandlaser.com

Visit us

302 Bryan Road, Suite 2 
BrandonFL 33511

Schedule now

Contact us

Schedule An Appointment With Us Today 

Feel beautiful, be beautiful

Discover a new you

We offer a variety of services to help accomodate your needs.