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Understanding the Difference Between Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Visible veins in the legs or other areas are more common than most people think. In fact, in some ways, these visible veins are more of the norm than the exception. The terms “varicose veins” and “spider veins” are often used interchangeably. While there are some similarities, they are actually very different and it’s important to know what those differences are. When it comes to removing varicose veins, more invasive treatment methods are required. With spider veins, laser therapy can usually remove them with ease. Here are some more important differences to understand between varicose veins and spider veins.

Appearance And Location Differences

Varicose veins are larger than spider veins and will typically bulge out more. Spider veins are thinner and are intertwined and sometimes look like a typical spider web. Even though spider veins are thinner, they are usually more visible since they are located closer to the surface of the skin. And since they are closer to the skin, they are better candidates for getting treated through laser therapy. Spider veins can occur virtually anywhere on the body, but varicose veins usually develop only on the lower part of the body.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins And Spider Veins

The symptoms of varicose veins are much more noticeable physically than spider veins. It’s common for people to feel slight itching or burning sensations in the area. Swelling is also possible in the surrounding skin. If varicose veins don’t get treated properly, then these symptoms may continue to get worse.

On the other hand, spider veins usually only offer an appearance that’s unappealing aesthetically. Most people will not even know the spider veins are there until they look down and see them. Since they don’t cause discomfort in most cases, people sometimes just leave them alone.

Available Treatment Options

Since varicose veins are larger and more serious than spider veins, invasive procedures like surgical removal may be required. Spider veins, on the other hand, can be eliminated with the QuadroStar Pro Yellow laser. The pro yellow laser for spider veins is the most effective and safest method for removing small spider veins and clearing up the appearance of your skin again. The QuadroStar Pro Yellow laser can be used on virtually any area of the body and is a quick and virtually painless procedure.

Skin Deep Laser Services is proud to be the only company on the east coast that uses the QuadroStar Pro Yellow laser. It is the newest and most innovative laser on the market today and delivers the best results possible for clients. Spider veins can be unattractive, especially if they are in clearly visible locations on your body. With a quick laser therapy treatment, we can remove them for good so you won’t have to worry about having an unappealing appearance anymore. To learn more about our procedures and processes, contact us today to schedule your consultation.
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