What is the difference between varicose veins and spider veins?
Though both varicose and spider veins result from vein disease, they are two different conditions. Spider veins are smaller veins affected by venous insufficiency and can appear on the surface of the legs or the face. There are many factors that can lead to spider veins such as genetics, pregnancy, sun exposure, or varicose veins themselves. They are often not painful or harmful to your health, but patients prefer to treat them for cosmetic reasons.
Varicose veins, on the other hand, pose serious risks to health. In their early stages they might cause nothing more than light, throbbing pain or aches. But, if left to mature, they can cause ulcers or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Be aware that DVT is rare and mainly occurs in adults over 60.
The treatment of varicose and spider veins is similar, although insurance only covers varicose veins because of the major health issues associated with them. Spider veins are seen as a cosmetic procedure.
Still, if you have either condition and would like to know your options, don’t hesitate to call California Vein and Wound Center at (916) 805-8500 or (707) 252-4955. We look forward to changing your life.