and spider veins are often confused for one another or used interchangeably. This is a mistake. Patients and care providers should understand the differences between spider veins and varicose veins. Both spider veins and varicose veins can be treated with laser vein removal treatments in Vernon Hills.
How do spider veins and varicose veins occur?
Roughly one adult out of three in the United States suffers from chronic venous insufficiency, the underlying condition for all varicose veins and most spider veins. The vascular system of the human body is equipped with valves that regulate the flow of oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. When these vein valves become weakened, they fail to resist the downward pressure of the blood being pumped and some blood may seep backwards, pooling in the vein and causing varicosity. Varicose veins stay open to blood flow in both directions.
result from blood pooling in smaller branches of the vascular system. Spider veins are also caused by hereditary factors, as well as changes in hormone levels and exposure to sunlight.
Identifying them by sight
Spider veins and varicose veins do not look alike. Varicose veins are thick and bulging, often raised veins, visible just beneath the surface of the skin. They can be blue or purple in color and will usually be found on patient’s thighs, inner legs, or the backs of their calves.
Spider veins on the other hand are much smaller. They have branch-like formations, resembling spider webs in appearance and occur closer to the surface of the skin. They are often reddish blue, or purple because of the mixture of oxygen-rich and old oxygen-depleted blood. Spider veins can occur anywhere on the body, including the legs and face.
Identifying by feel
Spider veins are not usually painful. Varicose veins, on the other hand, can cause tremendous discomfort. Sufferers of varicose veins who have not undergone vein treatment may experience numbness, fatigue, and severe itchiness in the legs and skin surrounding the vein. In extreme cases, patients who do not seek
laser vein treatment in Vernon Hills
may develop painful leg ulcers.
Laser vein removal does not involve the actual physical act of removing the diseased vein(s) from the affected area. Rather, energy, in the form of heat, is delivered to the vein causing it to collapse and seal shut. After several months, the body absorbs the vein and it disappears.