Are you tired of seeing blue veins on your legs, arms, or chest? Have these veins just appeared on your legs with no warning? You’re not alone, and there are solutions! Whether you’re looking for an answer, treatment, or just more information about your vein situation, our team is here for you. Learn about the differences between spider veins and varicose veins.
Vein disorders can be unattractive and painful, but they don’t have to be. Leg vein problems are caused by weakening valves in the veins. Each vein contains a valve that prevents blood from flowing through the body in the wrong direction, but when these veins malfunction or become weak, blood can pool in the veins instead of flowing through smoothly. This overabundance of blood in one place can cause the veins to become visible underneath the skin. Luckily, vein disorders can be easy to treat with the help of a qualified professional!
Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins
Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins, and you can easily see their red, blue, or purple vessels through the skin. They are usually located on the legs, face, or chest. The biggest difference between these veins is the size and proximity to the skin. Spider veins are smaller and closer to the skin than varicose veins. Although they can easily be removed with the right treatment, spider veins rarely cause other health problems.
Varicose veins can be a sign of a disease that may worsen with time, and they can cause pain, restlessness, throbbing, tingling, or leg heaviness. These veins typically look twisted and enlarged.
What Causes Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?
There are several factors that combine to make someone prone to getting spider veins and/or varicose veins. Heredity, obesity, and a history of blood clots all play a role, as do the hormonal changes of menopause, puberty, and the use of birth control pills. Women are more likely to have spider veins and varicose veins than men, though occurrences increase in both men and women with age.
What Treatment Options are Available for Spider Veins?
You should be happy to know that the office of Mimi Lee, MD, PA offers safe and effective professional treatment for the removal and control of spider veins. Book an appointment at our office in Little Rock, AR to learn more about how we treat these veins. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and get started. We look forward to hearing from you!