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How to Tell the Difference between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

Varicose veins and spider veins may have the same basic underlying cause, but there are a number of differences between them. When the valves within a blood vessel don’t function properly, it causes blood to flow backward into the vein and causes the vein to dilate and weaken.

Spider veins and varicose veins don’t look alike and a person may actually have both. Spider veins are a network of branched, red, blue or purple capillaries that appear close to the surface of the skin and resemble a spider’s web. They can occur anywhere on the body, but often appear on the face, hands or legs. Spider veins may not cause discomfort, but many people consider them unsightly.

However, varicose veins generally appear as twisted, bulging, purple or blue veins that are often accompanied by pain, itching, swelling, heaviness and other discomforts. Varicose veins are a progressive condition that usually worsen without treatment and may develop more serious complications such as skin ulcers or blood clots.

The best treatment for spider veins or varicose veins available today are two highly-effective non-surgical option treatments, endovenous laser thermal ablation and sclerotherapy. These spider veins treatments or varicose veins treatments take only minutes to do and require no hospitalization or surgery center.

Because no scalpels or sutures are utilized in either treatment, there are no long-lasting scars or keloids.┬áThere’s minimal discomfort, and most treatments are characterized as being virtually painless. With these modern therapies, most people can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Additionally, most major health insurance carriers provide coverage for the treatment of vein disease and venous insufficiency when medically necessary.

If you would like more information regarding laser treatment for spider veins or for varicose veins, please contact the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our two convenient locations:

Jupiter 561-625-9853 or Wellington 561-790-4550 or visit us at www.goldmanveininstitute.com.

At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, and other conditions caused by venous insufficiency. Our highly-qualified and experienced, board-certified vein specialists, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman, combine their extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in vein treatments.

With our offices in Jupiter and Wellington Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Aventura, Surfside, Hallandale, and Hollywood, and we welcome patients across South Florida to visit our state-of-the-art vein centers, where we provide the latest in vein treatment technology.

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