Do you have veins in your legs that are quite visible? As the jagged purple and bluish cords throughout your legs, these tree-like vines can affect your confidence. As an almost ‘right of passage’, you may have just come to terms with how your legs look; but have you ever taken the time to figure out what these veins actually are? You’ve probably heard the terms varicose veins, maybe even spider veins, but what is your specific diagnosis, and what is the difference between the two?

If you are one of the lucky ones who struggle with vein-related issues, you are not alone. Though they are fairly similar in appearance, recognizing the difference between spider veins and varicose veins is the key to proper and effective treatment. Understanding the difference between the two vein issues, our goal is to properly diagnose your situation and provide you with effective treatment in order to help you achieve wellness.

Spider veins

Varying in color, spider veins are often red, blue, or purple and look similar to twisted cords that resemble tree branches spreading throughout the body. Fairly close to the surface of the skin, spider veins can be found on the chest, face, and legs. Though they do not signify a serious health problem, spider veins can cause an itching or burning sensation throughout the area of which they are located.

What causes them?

Directly related to a buildup of blood, the presence of spider veins means that your veins have become weak, causing a collection of blood to create enlarged veins. Spider veins can also be the result of overexposure to the sun or a pressure-induced condition such as tumors, injury, and trauma.

Varicose veins

Larger in size compared to spider veins, varicose veins often get mistaken for spider veins. Red and blue in color, varicose veins are only found in the legs and are known for causing much more discomfort than spider veins. Unlike spider veins, varicose veins are generally linked to more serious health conditions such as ulcers, bleeding, superficial thrombophlebitis, and deep vein thrombosis.

What causes them?

Caused by weakened vein valves, many varicose veins are the direct results of obesity and genetics. Often present in people who stand for prolonged periods of time, such as teachers, nurses, and factory workers, varicose veins tend to become more painful and swollen the longer the legs are immobile.

What Venocure can do

Acting as a one-way door, your veins control the movement of your blood through the body, preventing blood from flowing backward due to gravity. When your veins become damaged or weak, the valves no longer work causing blood to collect in certain areas, making your veins enlarged and visible. While most cases do not indicate a serious medical condition, it’s important to pay attention to their shape, color, and size, notifying a doctor of changes if present.

Providing superior care and treatment options, our goal is to not only reduce the appearance of spider veins but also provide a personalized treatment designed specifically for your individual situation. Regardless of what condition you may have, you do not have to live with its presence. Using state-of-the-art technology and cutting edge techniques, Venocure offers treatment and care for both spider and varicose veins.

Helping clients throughout Dearborn, we pride ourselves on being your trusted vein specialist. Treating your situation with the respect and urgency that it requires, we invite you to book your appointment for a free consultation by filling out our online form. For more information or to speak with Dr. Nahha or Dr. Chattahi, reach out to our office in Dearborn today.