What are Spider Veins?

laser treatment for spider veins

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are minute clusters of slender and jagged veins that resemble a spider’s web or tiny branches of a tree. These veins will usually show just underneath the upper layer of the skin in the lower legs, thighs, and occasionally on the face. They are often bluish, reddish, or purple in color.

The appearance of spider veins on the skin’s surface can give an unsightly look. The size of these veins is smaller than varicose veins, but they can be progressive. These veins are caused by stretched blood vessels, which typically have a branching pattern, and grow in numbers and visibility as a person ages.

Our Skin Experts use state-of-the-art GentleMax Pro lasers to perform the treatment and are experienced in the reduction of superficial pigmentation delivering fantastic results., led by the accomplished physician Dr. Reginald Griffin, M.D.


Women are more likely candidates for spider veins, but it may also affect men in any age group. The following attributes are typically noted in a candidate:

  • The appearance of spider veins is visible in a web-like or branching pattern on the legs or thighs
  • Certain areas of the face may also have a fine branching pattern of spider veins, which the patient wants to hide
  • The patient is bothered by the unsightly appearance of spider veins and wants to get rid of them


The treatment provider will first try to determine the possible underlying cause of spider veins in order to recommend an appropriate solution. Spider veins often occur when the vein valve gets damaged or becomes weaker, leading to an obstruction of the blood flow in the vein. Pooling of the blood will occur in the vein, creating an appearance of spider veins.

Dr. Reginald Griffin, M.D.
1408 SW 15th Ave
Ocala, FL 34471

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