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What’s the Difference Between Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?

Noticed any broken blood vessels or bulging veins in your legs recently? If so, you might be wondering if you have varicose veins or spider veins. Maybe some of both? Learn the difference between varicose veins and spider veins, as well as your treatment options for both conditions…

Spider Vein Treatment Options

Spider veins are dilated blood vessels just below the skin. Though spider veins may be undesirable from a cosmetic standpoint, they are not harmful and generally cause little to no pain or discomfort. Many people choose to get rid of their spider veins using one of these treatment options:

  • Laser skin resurfacing: Short, concentrated beams of light remove damaged skin, one layer at a time.
  • Microsclerotherapy: Small dose chemical injection that closes off veins.
  • Sclerotherapy: Chemical injection to close off veins.
  • Varicose Vein Treatment Options

Varicose veins are swollen and twisted veins that bulge out from within the body, appearing just under the surface of the skin. Varicose veins most commonly occur in the legs, but may develop in other parts of the body. Unlike spider veins, varicose veins do pose a serious threat to a patient’s health. (Learn more.) Treatment options include:

  • Ambulatory phlebectomy: Physical extraction of small varicose veins close to the skin through multiple incisions.
  • Endoscopic vein surgery: Surgeon uses a catheter and small camera to enter the vein and surgically close it.
  • Endovenous ablation therapy: Intense heat, applied within the vein, closes off vein.
  • Lifestyle changes: Weight loss and physical activity.
  • Sclerotherapy: Chemical injection to close off veins.
  • Microsclerotherapy: Small dose chemical injection for treating smaller varicose veins.
  • Stripping and ligation: Physical extraction used in severe cases of varicose veins.
  • VenefitTM: An advanced procedure in which veins are closed using heat, and left to be absorbed as scar tissue. Less pain, bruising, and quicker recovery. Learn more.

For a free varicose vein screening in the Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix areas, call 480-380-1404.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

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