• What is the difference between varicose and spider veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that appear twisted and bulging. They are usually swollen and distended past the skin’s surface. Varicose veins may appear as bluish bumps and cause varying degrees of discomfort.
Spider veins are tiny visible vessels within the skin. They most commonly develop on the face and legs.
• What causes varicose veins?
Failure of the one-way valves in veins allows blood to lead backwards causing congestion and enlargement of the vessel. This failure may occur in individual veins themselves; however in approximately 70% of cases saphenous reflux is present. This vein must be treated as well for successful vein treatment.
Contributing factors may include heredity, pregnancy, hormonal changes, being overweight, standing or sitting for long periods of time, advancing age or injury to the vein.