Spider Veins and Varicose Veins: What’s The Difference?

With time and age, our bodies change. Where your skin was once unblemished, years of slowed blood circulation combined with genetics or heavier diets may manifest in bulging, discolored veins that have an unexpected impact on your daily life.

But whether you’re fatigued from restless nights of leg pain or you simply no longer have the confidence to wear shorts anymore, the first step to restoring your health is understanding what you’re seeing: are they spider veins or varicose veins? What symptoms are you experiencing?

And how do you make them go away?

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins (also called telangiectasia) are small veins filled with stagnated blood. Named for the branching shape of the blood vessels, spider veins pose no health risk or source of pain to patients. However, the larger they are, the more a patient may feel self-conscious as a result of their presence. Thus, most spider vein treatments are performed more often for cosmetic reasons. These veins are also most often found on the legs and ankles, although sometimes they may develop on the face or chest.

According to Harvard Health Publishing, “Their cause isn’t completely understood in every case, but they can run in families. Some cases are related to pregnancy, use of birth control pills or weight gain.”

What Are Varicose Veins?

Where spider veins present as small and physically asymptomatic, varicose veins are large, building veins that twist and cause physical pain, swelling, skin discoloration, and more. One of the most common results of chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins are more likely to develop in those who are obese, have had multiple children, or are prone to long periods of standing or sitting.

“Varicose veins can occur in almost anyone and affect up to 35% of people in the United State,” according to the Society for Vascular Surgery. That being said, varicose veins are more statistically prominent in women than men.

What Are My Options?

As both are venous disease that arise with improper blood flow, spider and varicose veins have similar treatments.

Specifically, options for spider and varicose vein treatments include:

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Radio Frequency Ablation
  • Endovenous Laser Therapy Ablation
  • Venaseal™ Treatments
  • And More

Are you ready to rid yourself of venous insufficiency and visible, painful veins altogether? Then it’s time to contact Duval Vascular Center. We provide an array of deep venous solutions and treatments, all offered in our state-of-the-art outpatient center. Whatever your needs, your health is our priority. Call us today at (904) 518-1398!