What are Varicose and Spider Veins?

Varicose and spider veins are red and/or blue veins that most commonly appear on the legs with a bruise-like appearance. Pregnancy, age, and genetics increase your risk of developing these vein conditions.

How are They Formed?

Protruding veins develop if there is an issue in the structure of the vein that prevents the inner valves from keeping blood flowing normally. Typically, these valves act as one-way flaps but if they do not close correctly blood can leak back into the lower portion of the vein rather than continuing toward the heart. Over time, as blood accumulates in the vein, the building pressure causes the walls of the vein to weaken and the veins to grow larger.

Treatment Options


With high-intensity light, we can close off a varicose vein by using laser energy. There are no needles involved in this treatment. Laser treatment of veins can be done at the same time as sclerotherapy vein treatment.


Dr. Kesty performs the sclerotherapy procedure by injecting a small dose of prescription solution into the unwanted vein with a very fine needle. This solution causes the vein to stick together and seal off. Over time, the collapsed vein fades and is reabsorbed into the surrounding tissue.

How many sessions will I need to treat my veins?

Treating veins by Laser or Sclerotherapy typically requires several treatments (about four to six weeks apart). After each session, we suggest that you wear compression stockings for 2-4 weeks to facilitate optimal healing.

When Will I See the Results?

Laser treatment and sclerotherapy eliminate the veins almost immediately. However, your body will slowly start absorbing the veins over the course of a couple of weeks. The results are permanent, but that does not mean that other varicose and spider veins will not appear. There are genetic and lifestyle factors that can affect the prevalence of veins.

What is the next step for removing unwanted veins?

We are happy to discuss your treatment options and find an approach that effectively addresses your unique skin. You can count on St. Petersburg Skin and Laser’s uncompromising commitment to bring you the best possible results.

My patients want to look and feel their best at any age. I love that I can help them achieve that by combining state-of-the-art technology, the latest medical evidence, and my advanced skill set and artistic eye

Dr. Kat Kesty

Founder Of St. Petersburg Skin and Laser