How do Varicose Veins and Spider Veins Differ?

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Varicose veins are large, swollen veins that appear bumpy and bluish-purple. They can form anywhere on the body but commonly develop in the legs. Varicose veins may cause discomfort and may lead to serious medical conditions such as venous ulcers or blood clots.

Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and tend to have a web-like pattern. They are not always painful but can lead to health problems when left untreated.

Our board-certified surgeons at Vitality Vein Care understand the cosmetic and medical concerns associated with varicose and spider veins. Anyone interested in learning about vein treatment can call for a consultation in Prosper, TX. We work with individuals near Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Celina, Gunter, Aubrey, Little Elm, and Pilot Point.

What causes varicose and spider veins?

Veins are responsible for carrying blood from the body back to the heart. They contain one-way valves that keep our blood flowing in the right direction. When these valves become weakened, it causes a backup of fluid. This is what causes varicose and spider veins.

Factors such as age, prolonged standing or sitting, pregnancy, and heredity can contribute to the development of these veins. Patients should meet with a medical professional to understand the cause of their veins and how to treat them moving forward.

What do varicose and spider veins look like?

Varicose veins are large and bulging. They appear twisted and bumpy, and usually have a purplish or bluish hue. Spider veins are much smaller and appear as thin lines – often with a web-like pattern.

Some people feel embarrassed due to the appearance of these veins. Others are more concerned about aching, itching, and cramping. At Vitality Vein Care, we understand these concerns and offer ways to reduce the symptoms associated with varicose and spider veins. During a consultation in Prosper, TX, our vein specialists can assess your condition and determine the best course of action.

How do you treat varicose veins?

Varicose vein treatment may involve endovenous foam, which works to close off the vein and safely reroute blood flow. Varithena is a cutting-edge procedure that addresses the issue from within. This minimally invasive procedure is fast and produces excellent results.

Vitality Vein Care may also recommend Endovenous RFA, a technique that works by using radiofrequency heat to close off the varicose vein. There is little discomfort and downtime with either therapy, and both are designed to provide patients with long-term relief.

How do you reduce the appearance of spider veins?

Sclerotherapy is a popular way to manage spider veins. Our board-certified surgeons begin by administering a sclerosing agent to flush out the blood and disrupt the lining in the vessel. Patients generally require 1 – 3 sessions to see the best results.

There is no way to "cure" spider veins, so ongoing maintenance appointments may be necessary. Patients can speak with our surgeons about ways to keep spider veins from appearing in the future.

Ask about minimally invasive vein treatment

Varicose veins and spider veins do not have to be a source of embarrassment or discomfort any longer. Vitality Vein Care is here to provide patients with long-term relief. Call for your consultation today – we proudly offer solutions to those living in Prosper, TX, and the surrounding areas of Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Celina, Gunter, Aubrey, Little Elm, and Pilot Point.

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