Differences between Spider veins and Varicose Veins
The causes and differences of spider veins and varicose veins are broadly understood but very few actually know what goes on inside the body to lead to the formation of these veins. Here’s is a closer look at what really happens.
The heart as we all know pumps purified blood to all the organs of the body. This purified blood is carried through the arteries.
The veins on the other hand carry un-purified blood from the organs to the heart for purification. This happens through valves that only function one way. This is to prevent the flow of blood back into the veins. Now if this one way valve is weakened the blood flows back into the veins causing the veins to get clogged or congested.
This congestion leads to the veins enlarging which results in the formation of Varicose or Spider veins. Having said this, there are notable differences between the two and it is important that one understands these differences before opting for a skin care treatment.
Differences in the appearances
While both Spider and Varicose veins occur mostly on the legs, their appearance is the easiest way to tell them apart.
Spider veins (Telangectasias) are smaller in comparison to varicose veins. They have a diameter between 1 mm to 3 mm and generally appear in small areas just underneath the surface of the skin. They are usually purple, blue or red in colour and have an appearance like a spider’s web or even a linear pattern.
Varicose veins on the other hand are much larger. They are also very bulky in appearance. They appear are thick ropes that protrude and bulge pushing the surface of the skin upwards.
Differences in the treatments
Spider veins are relatively easier to treat. This can be done either by Sclerotheraphy, laser vein treatment or using a cream dveloped for spider veins such as CapiDerm Rx®. In Sclerotheraphy, the treatment involves injecting of a fluid into the veins that damages the veins while in the laser vein treatment the skin is exposed to a particular wavelength of light that heats up and damages the vein.
CapiDerm Rx, on the other hand, uses Vitamin K known to stengthen vein walls and Phytotonine to improve vascular circulation and clear coagulated and dried blood trapped in micro-capillaries. As a spider vein treatment, its active ingredients have been proven in clinical trial to cure spider veins and reduce varicose veins.
While varicose veins can also be treated with Sclerotheraphy this treatment is not enough. Varicose veins also need to be surgically removed. This is done by cutting and then removing the damaged vein. This is called vein stripping / ligation. Radio frequency is also used as an effective method of destroying varicose veins.