Differences between Spider & Varicose Veins
Although they have similar causes, spider veins and varicose veins are not the same. Spider veins are generally small thread-like veins with a blue or reddish color that appear beneath the skin’s surface. These veins can have a characteristic circular pattern similar to a spider’s web, or can be independent of other veins. Unlike spider veins, varicose veins are generally swollen, twisted cord-like veins that rise off the skin’s surface. Usually deeper than spider veins, varicose veins are flesh-colored or blue in appearance and can cause pain, cramps, swelling, and fatigue in the legs. While laser vein removal may treat small, and in some cases medium sized varicose veins, other treatments such as sclerotherapy, which involves injecting the veins with a special solution, or surgery, may be more appropriate for the treatment of large varicose veins.