The Atlanta vein specialists at VeinInnovations offer multiple non-invasive state-of-the-art treatments for both varicose veins and spider veins. Besides the difference in the way these two conditions look, many of our patients wonder how varicose veins and spider veins differ, aside from their appearance.

Are the causes the same? Why do they look different? Are spider veins a sign of a circulatory issue like varicose veins are? How do spider vein removal treatments vary from varicose vein treatments? Let’s answer some of those questions and more.

Spider Veins

Spider veins, or telangiectasia, often appear in a web-like formation. They can be red, purple or blue, and are generally smaller than three millimeters in diameter. Although they can appear on the legs (sometimes in addition to varicose veins), they often appear on the face, as well as the hands, ankles and feet.

Spider veins can be caused by the same factors as varicose veins, such as heredity and aging. As with varicose veins, they may also appear during pregnancy. Like varicose veins, they’re caused by damaged or broken blood vessels. However, they involve the small blood vessels close to the skin. Spider veins, are sometimes purely a cosmetic vein issue, however, they are very often accompanied by varicose veins and these symptoms can be caused by venous reflux disease.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are usually more than three millimeters in diameter and are often raised and twisted. They occur when the blood doesn’t circulate properly, often because the valves in the blood vessels are weakened or damaged. Thus, the blood pools in the vessels, causing swelling, discomfort, fatigue and discoloration, and often settles in the lower legs and ankles. In more serious cases, varicose veins, if left untreated, can lead to skin ulcers (sores) that can be very painful and become infected.

Our Vein Doctors Can Recommend the Most Effective Treatment for You

Whether you have varicose veins, spider veins or both, proper diagnosis is the first step. Our Atlanta vein specialists will then discuss your treatment options. All of our vein removal treatments are minimally or non-invasive, with little or no discomfort or downtime.

We offer a number of varicose vein removal treatments. We also offer sclerotherapy, a specifically designed procedure for spider vein removal. During sclerotherapy, the provider injects a special medicine called polidocanol, to irritate and eventually eliminate the the vein structure. Most of our patients need multiple treatment sessions, but we will define your specific needs and let you know about any out of pocket costs involved.

Contact Us Today!

Don’t let either varicose veins or spider veins keep you from enjoying your summer to the fullest. Call or contact us online to schedule an appointment at one of our three conveniently located Atlanta vein clinics.