Varicose And Spider Vein Differences | Beverly Hills Vein Treatment

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Varicose And Spider Vein Differences | Beverly Hills Vein Treatment

Many of the patients we see at Aluna Vein Centers visit us for Beverly Hills varicose and spider vein treatment. Some people think that spider veins and varicose veins are the same thing. However, spider veins and varicose veins are two different conditions with each requiring a different treatment approach.

Varicose Veins – Larger and More Bothersome Than Spider Veins

With varicose veins, the valves in the veins do not work properly as they fail to close completely. This condition, which is called venous insufficiency, results in blood pooling in certain parts of the vein. This backward pooling of the blood puts too much pressure on the vein, causing it to expand and protrude, leading to the enlarged, bulgy and twisted veins that are unsightly in appearance.

Varicose veins usually appear on the lower leg and can be itchy, painful and cause a burning and throbbing sensation.

Factors that can put someone at risk for developing varicose veins include:

  • A family history of the condition
  • Aging
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Hormonal changes

Spider Veins – Smaller, Web-Like Veins Appearing Close to the Skin

Spider veins are the result of venous insufficiency in which the veins struggle to perform. These veins are purple, blue or red colored and get their name because they look similar to spider webs. Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins, closer to the skin, and more likely to appear without any associated symptoms. Because spider veins are generally caused by increased pressure in the veins, people who are on their feet most of the time are more at risk for developing these unsightly veins.

Spider veins typically appear on the legs or ankles but they can appear elsewhere on the body including the face. While spider veins are usually not painful, they can cause itchiness and a burning sensation. Most people who have spider veins are bothered by the appearance of these tiny blue/purple-colored veins more than anything else as they can be rather unsightly.

Factors that can put someone at risk for developing spider veins include:

  • Aging
  • A family history of the condition
  • Taking oral birth control pills
  • Hormonal changes
  • Pregnancy
  • Standing or sitting for long periods
  • Obesity

Sun exposure (for people with light skin)


Contact Us for Beverly Hills Vein Treatment

At Aluna Vein Centers, we provide spider and varicose vein treatment in Beverly Hills, Encino, Irvine and Glendale. All first-time patients who visit us for vein treatment are eligible for a free vein screening. If you are bothered by vein problems, we can provide you with the treatment you need! Just give us a call at (310) 855-7171 to set up your appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you improve the health and appearance of your veins!
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