What is the Difference between Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?

Varicose veins and spider veins are a common problem. Both are unsightly and can become painful. When pressure is increased on the vein valve causing them to become enlarged and faulty, varicose and spider veins can both occur. While their causes can be similar, varicose and spider veins are in fact different and are treated or removed in different ways.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are bulging veins that can cause pain and discomfort. These enlarged veins often become visible at the surface of the leg. Varicose veins are caused by weakened or damaged vein valves that causes blood to pool in the vein. When this occurs, the vein becomes enlarged and swollen, causing discomfort for many individuals.

There are several factors that can contribute to the development of varicose veins such as obesity, pregnancy or prolonged periods of standing or sitting. Self-care methods of relief like exercising and wearing compression stockings can provide relief, but medical procedures the endovenous laser ablation will yield lasting results. If you are suffering from the discomfort of varicose veins, contact us to discuss vein removal treatment options.

Spider Veins

Spider veins do not bulge like varicose veins. With their branchlike or spider-web appearance, they are easily recognizable. When the vein walls dilate, spider veins are the result. Spider veins are not usually painful like varicose veins, but they are cosmetically unattractive. Prolonged sitting or standing, obesity, pregnancy and genetics can contribute to spider veins. Spider vein removal is done on an outpatient basis with minimal to no discomfort. Patients usually can resume normal activities immediately after the procedure.

New advancements in technology make the vein removal process relatively painless, as well as safe and effective. In most cases, by using modern technology

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