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What is the Difference Between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?

Spider veins and varicose veins are often confused due to similar causes and appearances. However, the two conditions are distinct and it’s important to understand the differences between them to ensure you seek the right treatment. The Vascular Experts (TVE) Florida can help patients reduce the appearance and effects of both spider veins and varicose veins to boost your confidence, help you look younger and also deal with underlying conditions and pain.

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What Are Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?

Spider veins are small red, blue or purple blood vessels that sit just below the skin’s surface. They can often appear anywhere but most often occur in the arms, legs or the face. They are considered a sign of aging and are caused by elevated blood pressure in tiny veins that sit close to the surface. The reason they’re called spider veins is that they can often appear as a web of small lines that branch out.

Spider veins are harmless but can occasionally burn or feel a little painful. They don’t cause many problems and patients with spider veins can typically have them treated to a point they disappear completely.

Varicose veins are a little different. These are superficial veins that can become enlarged and cause a lot of pain. They often swell and feel tender to the touch. While most consider varicose veins to be a cosmetic issue, they can actually be a sign of an underlying medical condition known as Venous Insufficiency.

Regardless of the condition, you might be facing, TVE Florida can offer personalized treatments to help you deal with both conditions. Dr. Lina Vargas is a board-certified vascular surgeon that specializes in vascular and endovascular surgery. Her expertise can help patients identify the signs of spider veins and varicose veins and propose treatments that will help treat the condition swiftly and efficiently.

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Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for your personal situation by meeting with one of our knowledgeable providers at Vascular Experts for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

How Are Spider Veins Treated?

There are two common options for removing spider veins.

  • Sclerotherapy is the most effective and often easiest form of treatment for spider veins. It involves injecting the spider veins with a solution or foam that causes scarring, resulting in vascular collapse. The body then reabsorbs the veins and they dissolve.
  • Topical laser therapy is another treatment option that can be used in conjunction with sclerotherapy or by itself. It involves shooting short pulses of laser light at the site, breaking down the spider vein walls so the body can absorb them.

How Are Varicose Veins Treated?

A thorough evaluation will determine the extent of your venous insufficiency and the best treatment option for your case. There are four common treatments for varicose veins:

  • JOBST compression stockings help to control swelling and alleviate symptoms of heaviness and discomfort.
  • Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) involves delivering laser light energy through a catheter into the vein to create scar tissue. It then seals the vein and redistributes blood flow.
  • Varithena is a treatment that involves injecting a sclerosing agent into the vein. This induces scarring and closes the problematic veins. The body then absorbs them and blood flow is redistributed to healthier vessels.

Microphlebectomy involves removing the superficial varicose veins via tiny incisions that do not require stitches. Long segments of veins can be removed through small incisions with minimal complications. MIcrophlebectomy can also be used in conjunction with other treatments.

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Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

Want to learn more about your treatment options? schedule a consultation today with Dr. Vargas at The Vascular Experts Florida at our Windermere, FL location. 

You can also call to make your appointment by calling our office at (407) 612-7738.


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