Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins

May 22, 2019

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Visible veins are among the commonest signs of ageing – possibly preceded only by wrinkles and greying hair. One in two women in the United States tend to develop either spider veins or varicose veins. If you’re one of them, you may be wondering how concerned you should be about them. Should your concern only extend to what you’re going to wear in summer to hide them? Or can these veins pose a serious health problem? To answer these questions, you need to know whether you have varicose veins or spider veins. This article will tell you how to differentiate between the two.

What causes spider veins and varicose veins?

The only thing that varicose veins and spider veins actually do have in common is the cause. Both conditions are caused by chronic venous insufficiency (CVS). The leg veins, which carry blood from the legs to the heart, have to work against gravity. Certain one-way doors, called valves in the veins assist with this process. Once the blood flows past them, the valves shut and prevent the blood from falling back down into the legs. If the valves become faulty, some blood can escape through and trickle back down into the legs. Over time, the excess blood puts pressure on the leg vein walls, causing the veins to expand and bulge. The excess pressure also forces the formation of tiny, new, unhealthy veins to accommodate the blood. These tiny, new veins are called spider veins, while the original bulging, bigger vein is a varicose vein.

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What are the differences between spider veins and varicose veins?

Spider veins alone aren’t necessarily dangerous, but they can reflect the presence of varicose veins and undiagnosed vein disease. Here’s how to distinguish between the two.

They look and feel different

Spider veins are tiny, fine lines that may be reddish, bluish or purplish in appearance. They appear in clusters that spread outwards – like a spider’s web. You can see them, but can’t feel them under the skin. Varicose veins, on the other hand, are bigger, enlarged, bulging blood vessels that you can distinctly feel with your fingers under the skin. They may have a twisted appearance, and may also be bluish in color.

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They produce different kinds of symptoms

Most often, spider veins are not associated with specific vein symptoms, and merely represent a cosmetic problem. On the other hand, varicose veins often exhibit symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency. These include fatigue, aching legs, ankle and leg swelling, and cramps. Varicose veins can also cause brownish discoloration of the overlying skin, and can also cause the skin to get dry and itchy.

Treatment options differ

At the end of the day, this is the most significant difference. Treatment for CVS depends on whether or not you have symptoms, and how severe these symptoms are. Since spider veins are not usually associated with symptoms, treatment is usually cosmetic in nature. This includes:

  • Sclerotherapy: Your spider veins are identified, and a small amount of medicated solution is injected into them. This causes the vein walls to stick together, scar and seal off, which stops blood flowing through them. Once this happens, the defunct vein gets absorbed naturally by the body.
  • Varithena: Similar to sclerotherapy, the spider vein doctor injects medicated foam into your veins. This is generally employed for larger spider veins.
  • Laser ablation: This is done mostly for cosmetic reasons. Laser energy is applied to the surface of the skin over the spider veins, and the heat from this destroys the veins. Our vein doctors in NY perform laser treatment when the veins are too small for sclerotherapy, or after sclerotherapy to treat residual veins.

Varicose veins, however, need more extensive treatment. Left untreated, symptomatic varicose veins can develop complications such as skin ulcers.  Severe varicose veins can even rupture, causing bleeding. Varicose vein treatment involves removing the leaky main vein that has a faulty valve. This may sound scary, but you don’t need to worry! Vein clinics in NY and NJ have developed comfortable, convenient  treatment options to deal with varicose veins, including the following:

  • Radiofrequency ablation: The vein doctor numbs the skin over the varicose vein. A radiofrequency catheter is then inserted into the main vein. The heat generated by the catheter destroys the vein from within.
  • Endovenous laser ablation: This procedure is the same as radiofrequency ablation, except that a laser fiber is inserted into the vein instead of a radiofrequency catheter.
  • Venaseal: The varicose vein doctor injects small amounts of medical grade glue into your vein. This causes the vein to seal off and eventually get absorbed by the body.
  • Clarivein: This cutting edge treatment involves implanting a tiny device into the affected vein. This destroys the vein from within by dispersing sclerosing solution into the entire vein.

With state of the art technology available for treatment procedures, our varicose vein treatment clinics offer all the above treatment options. These minimally invasive procedures need very little down time – you can get it done during a lunch break and return to work!

If you’re still confused about how severe your varicose veins or spider veins are, or the best vein treatment for you, you should consult with a vein specialist. Our vein doctors  use advanced technology to determine the extent of CVS associated with your varicose or spider veins, and will develop a treatment plan based on your specific needs. Give your legs new life today!

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Dr. Namrata Khimani

Venous specialist | TRIPLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.

If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.

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Dr. Michael Nguyen

VENOUS SPECIALIST | TRIPLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.

As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.

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Dr. Caroline Novak

Venous Specialist | Double Certified
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Board Certified vein specialist in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. Dr. Novak is well known for continuously performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area. She is committed to developing long lasting relationships with her patients, allowing her to personalize a varicose and spider veins treatment plan that successfully meets her patients' goals.

At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

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Dr. Simon Smith

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DIPLOMAT-CERTIFIED
Dr. Simon Smith is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Vein Disease Specialist currently serving patients at the Vein Treatment Clinic in Clifton and Wayne, New Jersey.

Dr. Smith is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs. By utilizing advanced vein treatment techniques, Dr. Simon is able to customize a plan specific to each patient, helping them avoid complicated surgeries and unnecessary downtime. With Dr. Simon minimally invasive procedures, patients are able to return to normal activities right after.

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Dr. Faisal Siddiqi

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi oversees all Vein Treatment Centers in New Jersey – ensuring that each patient receives the highest level of care possible for their vein disease. Having received training from Yale Medical School, Dr. Siddiqi proudly offers the latest technology available for spider and varicose vein treatments at his office in Wayne, NJ and Clifton, NJ.

Dr. Siddiqi's work with minimally invasive techniques was recognized by his peers in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for 2017 and he was also voted as one of the Top Vein Doctors in New Jersey.

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Dr. Juan Montoya

VASCULAR SPECIALIST | NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in New York. He is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in cardiac surgery, and is now proud to serve the Vein Clinics in Manhattan, NY.

Dr. Montoya performs the latest minimally-invasive vein treatments to treat Chronic Venous Insufficiency; a condition that leads to spider veins and varicose veins, along with symptoms such as leg cramping, pain, and fatigue.

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Dr. Carly Guthrie

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Carly Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Guthrie is a double Board-Certified vein specialist, and is regarded as one of the top interventional ultrasonographers in the country. In her years of training and on staff at Harvard, she worked with the top venous specialists in the world, attending some of the most complex cases. Her areas of expertise include radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the newly approved VenaSeal technique for treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Dr. Guthrie is focused on bringing the newest and most-advanced treatments to Southern California in order to decrease recovery times and improve patient satisfaction.

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Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

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Dr. Calvin Jung

VEIN SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Calvin Jung is a double Board Certified Venous Specialist, serving as director and clinical trainer for
the Vein Treatment Centers in Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive techniques for spider veins and varicose vein removal, completely avoiding the need for surgical procedures or any unnecessary downtime. Dr. Jung's focus is on restoring patients back to health so that they can enjoy the activities they love most.

Vein treatments at our Texas spider vein clinic are often covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us today to verify yours!

Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
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Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Caroline
Novak MD

Double Certified
Northwestern University
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Certified spider vein specialist in Paramus & Clifton NJ. She is well known for performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area.
Read more >>

Simon
Smith MD

DIPLOMAT- CERTIFIED
DREXEL COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Dr. Simon Smith is the best varicose vein doctor in Wayne, NJ. He is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Faisal
Siddiqi MD

DOUBLE CERTIFIED
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi is the medical director for the Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey. Because of his level of expertise in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins, Dr. Siddiqi is part of the select group of NJ Top Doctors, and he sees patients regularly at the Vein Treatment Center in Wayne and Clifton NJ.
Read more >>

Juan
Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly
Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.
Read more >>

Billy
Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.
Read more >>

Calvin
Jung MD

DOUBE CERTIFIED
NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>
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