Learn About Spider Veins & Varicose Veins

Some may call them a ‘rite of passage’ while others may turn their gaze from the sight of them. Dr. Dominic, double board-certified Tampa plastic surgeon, sees patients suffering from spider veins and varicose veins. At Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, we have several options for prevention and treatment available.

Spider Veins

Spider veins can be found in almost 60% of adults – many of whom look for treatments to rid themselves of this unsightly blemish.

Spider veins are small twisted blood vessels that become more and more visible through the skin over time. Spider veins, which are often located on the face or legs, vary from a red, purple, or blue tint.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are larger blood vessels that become swollen and twisted. Varicose veins are a dark blue tone and protrude from the skin making the surface of your skin raised and uneven.

Unlike spider veins, varicose veins do not develop in a particular area of the body but are most commonly found on the legs and ankles.

What causes spider and varicose veins?

Typically healthy veins allow blood flow in a single direction to prevent backflow which causes spider and varicose veins. When veins are defective the blood flow clogs within the vein, building pressure, weakens the vessel walls and in turn bulge and twist the veins.

Who is most susceptible to have defective veins?

Overall, anyone is susceptible to spider veins and varicose veins over time. However, our plastic surgeons in Tampa receive more female patients who suffer from spider veins and varicose veins as result from spending large amounts of time on their feet. Further contributors are age, obesity, leg surgery, pregnancy, and genetics.

At-home Treatment for spider and/or varicose veins

Luckily spider veins and varicose veins are easy to spot and treat!

Get a jump start on correcting the defective veins by doing the following:

  • Apply compression for better circulation using compression stockings
  • Get active and lose weight
  • Walk regularly
  • Reduce swelling with a low sodium diet
  • Elevate your legs at or above heart level

If these at-home remedies are not effective enough there treatments to eliminate pre-existing spider veins and varicose veins. Contact Dr. Dominic at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery in Tampa, Florida plastic surgeon about laser spider vein laser treatment.

Spider Vein Laser Treatment

Laser Spider vein treatment penetrates through the skin and break up backed up spider and varicose veins. The strong bursts of light allows the blood to return to the rest of the body and flow appropriately.

Although laser spider vein treatment is highly effective and permanent on pre-existing spider veins and varicose veins, the treatment is not a preventative. There is a possibility that new spider or varicose veins may appear as time goes on, in which case one may choose to undergo treatment once again.

After spider vein treatment, patients see a noticeable difference in three to six weeks. As for varicose vein treatment, results may take a couple of months to be noticeably different.


Nonetheless, the best offense is a good defense!

Elite Facial Plastic Surgery in Tampa wants to remind you that spider and varicose veins can be delayed or even prevented!

  • Exercise regularly! Exercise will help maintain a healthy weight and keep your leg muscles toned which helps with blood flow.
  • If you are standing all day, stretch! By stretching your legs you will increase blood circulation.
  • If you are pregnant, sleep on your side.


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