Spider veins and varicose veins are common problems among men and women alike. In fact, studies by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health state that approximately 50 to 55 percent of all women and 40 to 45 percent of all men suffer from some type of abnormal vein problem. Continue reading to learn about the differences between spider veins and varicose veins.
Spider veins are small red or bluish veins that appear just under the surface of the skin and have a tree branch-like or spider web-like appearance. These abnormal veins are caused by weakened or damaged valves that allow blood to flow backwards and pool within the vein wall. The two most common treatment methods utilized for spider veins include sclerotherapy and laser treatments. During the sclerotherapy procedure, your vein doctor will inject a sclerosing chemical into the dilated blood vessel using a very fine needle, irritating the vein wall and causing it to close. Laser treatments, on the other hand, utilize very strong bursts of laser energy to heat and seal your spider veins so that they slowly fade and disappear.
While varicose veins are also caused by weakened or damaged vein valves, they are much larger than spider veins and appear as bulging, twisted cords beneath your skin. Varicose veins may be red, blue, or flesh-colored and are often found along the thighs, backs of the calves, and inside of the legs. Individuals with varicose veins may experience a number of unpleasant symptoms, including aching or throbbing pain, cramping, swelling, feelings of heaviness, restless legs, and a darkening of the skin. The preferred treatment method for varicose veins is endovenous laser therapy, during which a laser is used to close the vein and reroute blood flow to normal, healthy veins.
Whether you’re suffering from spider veins or varicose veins, Ciao Bella Medical Spa & Vein Clinic in Chandler is here to help. Give us a call at (480) 619-5735 for more information on our services and your treatment options.