The Difference Between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

While spider veins and varicose veins are often grouped together, they are actually two separate conditions. Neither spider veins nor varicose veins typically represent a serious health concern, but their appearance may be distressing or uncomfortable for some.

To find expert treatment for spider veins or varicose veins, visit Goldman Vein Institute. With three convenient South Florida locations in Jupiter, Wellington, and West Palm Beach, the experienced physicians at Goldman Vein Institute treat patients using only the latest and most innovative vein treatments.

Find information about the differences between spider veins and varicose veins below, and contact the team at Goldman Vein Institute to schedule a consultation for vein treatment today.

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small blood vessels that appear close to the surface of the skin. They are typically not raised, and are normally red, blue, or purple in color. The name “spider veins” is derived from their web-like appearance on the surface of the skin. Spider veins are most often found on the legs, but may appear anywhere on the body, including the face.

There is not one specific cause that may be attributed to the development of spider veins. As a normal sign of aging, spider veins may be caused by sun damage or physical inactivity. In order to prevent their development, experts recommend maintaining a healthy weight and a physically active lifestyle. It is also essential to wear sunscreen daily, especially for the prevention of spider veins on the face.

How Are Varicose Veins Different From Spider Veins

Unlike spider veins, varicose veins are often raised above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen blood vessels. That may appear flesh colored or red, blue, or purple.

Varicose veins are caused by malfunctioning valves inside a vein. The valves in our veins are meant to prevent the backwards flow of blood, but if the valve is weakened or injured, blood may pass through. This pooling of blood leads to a swelling of the vein, which may cause considerable discomfort, aching, or pain.

Varicose veins most often occur in the legs, but may also appear elsewhere on the body. While men may have varicose veins, they occur most frequently women, and may appear during or after pregnancy.

Find Treatment for Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

There are a number of innovative treatment methods available for the treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. One treatment offered at Goldman Vein Institute, called Endovenous Laser Ablation, uses a gentle laser to close up the vein. Alternatively, Sclerotherapy uses a similar technology to administer a dissolving solution directly into the vein.

To find out whether vein treatment for spider veins or varicose veins might be right for you, please schedule an appointment at Goldman Vein Institute.

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