If you have noticed visible veins on your legs and find yourself covering up with maxi dresses in the summertime, yoga pants all year-round, and dark stockings or leggings under a skirt, you may feel as though you are living in hiding. Spider veins and varicose veins can be unattractive and problematic.
What are those visible veins and lines that are causing so much frustration and reduced self-confidence? They’re called varicose veins and spider veins. There are simple ways to differentiate the two kinds of cosmetic vein problems. The board-certified doctors at the DHR Health Vein Institute can help you determine what they are. They can also make them less visible or eliminate them altogether through the right professional treatments.
Spider Veins or Varicose Veins?
Usually, spider veins are fine lines you cannot feel as you brush your fingers over them. They’re not raised. They’re thin and often purplish or reddish veins or vein clusters on your legs or other areas of your body. Varicose veins are usually 4-5 mm wide, with a bluish color. They are usually raised, and you may even be able to feel them as you brush your fingers against that space of your legs. They are spongy and soft. However, they can feel hard if they have clotted.
There is also the pain factor. Spider veins generally don’t cause any pain, although some women report a feeling of discomfort around or during a menstrual cycle. On the contrary, varicose veins may be uncomfortable and cause a dull pain, potentially growing worse around and during a menstrual cycle.
Sometimes, both spider veins and varicose veins are more of a disturbance than dangerous. However, treatment offers safe and convenient relief. Both spider veins and varicose veins easily are eliminated through various treatments that do not require surgery.
For more information about treatment options for spider veins and varicose veins, make an appointment at DHR Health Vein Institute in Edinburg, TX. Contact our office today to book a consultation.