How Different Are Spider Veins from Varicose Veins?

Most people know what a varicose vein is. They are less sure, however, about what is a spider vein.

Both varicose veins and spider veins are enlarged blood vessels caused by weakening of the blood vessel walls. Varicose veins are veins branching out from the great saphenous vein (the longest vein in the body, which traverses the inner portion of the leg) or the short saphenous vein (the vein that runs at the back of the calves). Spider veins are a group of tiny blood vessels that lie closer to the skin surface than varicose veins. These enlarged veins can appear on the face, breasts, thighs, calves, and ankles.

Laser VeinCause and characteristics
Like varicose veins, the unattractive appearance of spider veins can be attributed to genetics, hormonal fluctuations, obesity, or prolonged periods of inactivity. The big contrast between the two lies in their characteristics. While varicose veins can be three to four millimeters in diameter, spider veins are tiny, typically less than one millimeter in diameter.

Spider veins can appear in one of the following three patterns:

  • Spider-like pattern branching out from a central point
  • Tree-like pattern which is common on the front and sides of the thighs
  • Thin lines on the inner thighs and knees

Laser vein treatment for spider veins at the North Coast Laser Cosmetics
The appearance of spider veins can be reduced or eliminated through laser vein treatments. Laser energy is delivered into the enlarged vein, shrinking it. Laser treatments are particularly helpful for reducing the appearance of spider veins on the face that cannot be addressed with traditional sclerotherapy (a sclerosing solution is injected into the enlarged vein) methods.

Let us help you improve the appearance of your spider veins by calling 440.639.3223 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

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