Spider and Varicose Vein Differences and Treatment

by | Jan 7, 2021 | Varicose Veins | 0 comments

Spider veins and varicose veins are both abnormal and dilated blood vessels usually found in the legs. They are caused when the walls and valves of the legs veins weaken, causing blood to pool in the veins. This increased volume of blood in the veins enlarges them, ending with visible bluish or red veins appearing.

Either type of vein problem is typical in adults–half of those 50 years old and over are affected by varicose veins. Your risk of developing varicose or spider veins is based on several factors such as family history, age, gender, lifestyle, among others.

It’s important to clarify that although someone can have both spider veins and varicose veins, spider veins don’t always become varicose veins.

Spider and varicose veins are fairly common; and while some might think they are similar, they are actually very different. Either way, treatment is available and effective for both spider and varicose veins. To help with understanding the differences between these types of veins, below are a few ways that they are different.


One of the main differences between spider veins and varicose veins is that spider veins appear to be smaller in size and superficial. These veins twist and turn and can have a blue, purple, or green color. Since they are more superficial, they are not painful. Spider veins usually can be found on the legs, chest, and face.

In contrast, varicose veins appear swollen, twisted, and raised. They are also often dark blue in color and can be very painful. Varicose veins typically develop in the legs and can be seen through the skin.


As mentioned above, another difference between spider veins and varicose veins is that varicose veins often feel painful. Far from being simply cosmetic, they can also cause swelling, discomfort, and heaviness in the legs. Spider veins, on the other hand, do not typically feel painful and appear as tiny red or blue lines just below the surface of the skin. They generally don’t lead to other health complications.

Treatment for spider veins is also generally considered to be cosmetic in nature while treatment for varicose veins is more intensive. If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to serious issues including spontaneous bleeding, thick and discolored skin, sores that fail to heal, and blood clots.


Virginia Vein Care is an IAC certified vein center and ready to treat both spider and varicose veins. We have nearly 30 years of experience treating a wide range of vein conditions that include varicose veins, spider veins, venous ulcers, and more. Dr. Markovitz uses minimally invasive methods such as radiofrequency and laser ablation which has proven to be incredibly effective in treating various types of vein issues.

When searching for a professional center that offers varicose and spider vein removal call or visit Virginia Vein Care to book your appointment today.