Varicose veins and spider veins can both have a negative impact on your appearance. In fact, many people find it difficult to maintain a high level of self-esteem because of their presence. They appear as streaks under the skin. Varicose veins can also cause the skin to bulge out, making their appearance even more obvious. At Premier Vein Institute, we have a variety of methods available for treating varicose veins and spider veins.
The primary difference between the two vascular conditions is the size of the affected vessels. Varicose veins are larger. Spider veins develop in the capillaries, or smaller vessels, that branch out from the larger ones. They get their name because they often look like the legs of a spider with their jagged turns. Many people view them as resembling a spider web also.
Spider veins frequently develop on the face, but they can appear on the legs and chest as well. They can appear blue, purple or red. In the vast majority of cases, their only impact is to the appearance. Only in rare situations do they cause symptoms or put a person at a higher risk for other health issues.
Varicose veins can do more than hurt the appearance. As if the cosmetic impact wasn’t enough, uncomfortable symptoms can surface as well. People that spend a considerable amount of time on their feet are more likely to feel a higher level of discomfort as are people that stay seated all day. These veins can be painful. They can also cause itching and tingling that is often accompanied by numbness. Swelling of the legs and ankles is not uncommon either.
Whenever you are concerned with the presence of these veins, you should take some level of comfort in knowing that a number of methods are available for treating varicose veins and spider veins. Not all of them require downtime for recovery. In fact, most of them will allow you to return to normal living relatively quickly, if not right away.
Sclerotherapy is a tried and true method. Another great option is endovenous laser therapy. During a consultation with us at Premier Vein Institute, we can explain to you the details of other available treatments. We will also help you decide which method is best for treating varicose veins and spider veins in your case. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Tampa or Lakeland!