Frequently Asked Questions

Please take a look at these frequently asked questions on vein problems and vein treatment. Dr. Jeffrey Hunt at our Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg, Florida-area practice will be happy to meet with you in an initial consultation to discuss your options and help you determine the treatment plan that can best meet your needs.

Please contact the Vein and Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay to schedule a consultation.

Do I have to live with varicose veins forever?

No. Varicose veins are blood vessels that have become dilated or swollen causing an unsightly appearance and a painful reaction. Dr. Hunt is able to treat varicose veins at the Vein and Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay with several non-invasive procedures that can completely diminish the appearance of varicose veins, and eliminate the pain.


How can I get rid of my spider veins?

With the use of sclerotherapy, spider veins are eliminated by placing a tiny needle with a mild soap solution into the affected areas, which causes the spider veins to gradually be absorbed and disappear.


Is it expensive?

Dr. Jeffrey Hunt fully understands the need to bring treatment for vein conditions into your budget. Prices for specific procedures will depend on the level of treatment needed, and the kind of treatment being provided. One of our team members at the Vein and Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay can help you with questions about pricing once you contact our practice. Dr. Hunt works with a variety of insurance and financing companies that may have options to help manage the cost of treatment.


Does insurance cover it?

Treatment for some vein conditions may be eligible for partial insurance coverage. Our practice works with many major insurance companies, and one of our team members will be happy to assist you with questions on filing a claim. Please contact the Vein and Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay with any concerns you may have.


Is it going to hurt?

Patients generally report little to no pain during the sclerotherapy procedure. You may experience a slight warming or stinging sensation, which often dissipates quickly. For this reason, the sclerotherapy procedure rarely requires the use of anesthesia.


How long will the procedure take?

The treatment of varicose and spider veins is typically conducted over several sessions. For varicose veins, treatment is usually done one to two times per week, and completed within a month, with four follow-up exams conducted over the next 12 months.

For spider veins, treatment is typically performed at least three weeks apart, and requires three to four treatments.


When can I go back to work?

Many of Dr. Hunt’s patients are able to return to work immediately. In fact, Dr. Hunt recommends resuming some form of your exercise regimen to increase circulation and promote recovery.