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Spider and Varicose Vein Differences and Treatment

Spider and Varicose veins are fairly common; and while some might think they are similar, they are actually very different. Either way, treatment is available and effective for both spider and varicose veins. To help with understanding the differences between these types of veins, below are two ways that they are different.


One of the main differences between spider veins and varicose veins is that spider veins appear to be smaller in size and superficial. These veins can have a blue, purple, or green color. Since they are more superficial, they are not painful. In contrast, varicose veins appear swollen, twisted, and raised. They are also often dark blue in color and can be very painful.


As mentioned above, another difference between spider veins and varicose veins is that varicose veins often feel painful. They can also cause swelling, discomfort, and heaviness in the legs. Spider veins, on the other hand, do not typically feel painful and appear as tiny red or blue lines just below the surface of the skin. Treatment for spider veins is also generally considered to be cosmetic in nature while treatment for varicose veins is more intensive.


Virginia Vein Care is an IAC certified vein center and ready to treat both spider and varicose veins. We have over 28 years of experience treating a wide range of vein conditions that include varicose veins, spider veins, venous ulcers, and more. Dr. Markovitz uses minimally invasive methods such as radiofrequency and laser ablation which has proven to be incredibly effective in treating various types of vein issues.

When searching for a professional center that offers varicose and spider vein removal in Washington DC, call or visit Virginia Vein Care today.

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