Spider Veins & Varicose Veins

What are Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?

There are two primary types of vein conditions—both of which are indicative of some level of underlying venous insufficiency. Spider veins are tangled groups of tiny blood vessels just under the skin’s surface that resemble spider webs, hence their name. Typically, they are red, blue or purple and are clearly visible on the thighs, lower legs and face.

Varicose veins tend to be larger in diameter and are visibly bumpy or rope-like. Both types of vein conditions can produce physical symptoms—from leg pain and fatigue to itching, burning and nighttime restlessness. Only a comprehensive ultrasound scan can reveal what truly lies beneath your skin.

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Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins

Often painful and unsightly, varicose veins are visibly bumpy or rope-like and may occur in almost any part of the leg—most often in the back of the calf or on the inside of the leg between the groin and the ankle. Varicose veins can sometimes be debilitating, limit a person’s mobility, and affect their quality of life.

Common symptoms include:

  • leg pain
  • aching, or cramping
  • fatigued or heavy-feeling legs
  • itching/burning
  • swollen ankles
  • restless legs
  • ulcers (in severe cases)
Spider Veins

Spider Veins

Spider veins are tangled groups of tiny blood vessels just under the skin’s surface that resemble spider webs or tree branches. Typically, they are red, blue or purple and are clearly visible on the thighs, lower legs and face.

Common symptoms include:

  • an uncomfortable feeling in the legs
  • swelling
  • rash
  • throbbing, cramping, or aching
  • restless legs
  • itching around the veins
  • skin ulcers

What is the cost of vein treatment?

Many vein treatments, when shown to be medically necessary, are covered by Medicare and other insurance providers. Sclerotherapy for spider veins is generally considered a cosmetic procedure and is usually not covered. Consult your local insurance provider and come for our free screening to determine your eligibility and coverage.

When and how are veins treated?

The most commonly asked questions are: Do veins require treatment and what treatment would be best? At the Vein Specialists success in the treatment of varicose and spider veins is due to our comprehensive approach. Without treatment, venous disease will slowly progress, and sometimes lead to more serious conditions.

After obtaining a history and performing a physical exam, the patient undergoes a noninvasive Doppler ultrasound and color ultrasound imaging to determine areas of venous disease (dilated veins, faulty valves, and area of clot). Based on the above information, an individual treatment plan is formulated and discussed with the patient. Veins that are cosmetically unappealing or cause pain or other symptoms are prime for treatment.

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