While varicose veins and spider veins are similar, they differ in size. When it comes down to the risks involved with varicose veins vs spider veins, varicose veins are typically more dangerous.
Varicose veins often cause raised places and are visible through the skin. They look like twisted cords and appear most commonly in the legs. This is because these veins have the job of returning blood back to the heart. The blood in the leg veins have to overcome the forces of gravity more than veins in other parts of the body. This creates added pressure on them and sometimes results in the blood backing up in the veins. Varicose veins are usually the result.
Varicose veins can cause problems like throbbing, pain and other discomforts. At other times, they may not cause any problems other than appearance. However, they have the potential to cause some rather serious health issues. The blood that backs up over time can lead to skin ulcers and sores that are usually very painful and persistent. They typically will not heal until the veins that are causing the sores are treated.
Since varicose veins cause visible, raised places on the skin’s surface, the skin in those areas becomes thinner than the skin everywhere else. Consequently, when there is an injury there, the bleeding will be worse and more difficult to stop.
Varicose veins can also increase the risk of blood clots, either near the surface or deep within the tissue. Clots that form in the deeper veins are referred to as deep vein thrombosis. This condition can cause pain, redness and swelling. In addition, if the clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs, it can cause life-threatening conditions or even death.
Spider veins can appear anywhere, but are more common on the legs and face. They are visible through the skin and have many of the same causes as varicose veins. If they do cause any discomfort, it is usually limited to itching and burning. Most often, however, the only issue is their visibility. Rarely do they lead to any threats to the person’s health.
Treatments are available for both spider veins and varicose veins. One of the oldest methods of getting rid of them is a procedure called sclerotherapy, which is done by injecting a solution into the vein to make it disappear over the next few weeks.
One of the more recent developments for spider and varicose vein removal is the use of lasers. There are methods in which a laser fiber is inserted into the vein and the heat that is generated causes the vein to collapse. Other types of laser treatments are done by passing a unit over the surface of the skin.
Regarding the best treatments for varicose veins vs spider veins, it all depends on your unique situation. During a consultation at the Advanced Vein and Laser Centre, you can discuss treatment choices that may work best for you. Our office is located in Libertyville, IL and we proudly serve the Chicago, IL area. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.