What's The Difference Between Varicose and Spider Veins?

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Whether spider or varicose veins, our professional team at Lynch Vein & Aesthetics can diagnose and treat vascular conditions in Peoria, AZ. Our board-certified general surgeon, Dr. Matthew Lynch, provides comprehensive vein services from aesthetic concerns to more advanced venous complications when needed. Spider veins on the surface of the skin can branch out to different patterns. They are usually found in places that are hard to conceal, and many patients seek out the help of Dr. Lynch for treatment.

Varicose veins, long, bulging veins in the legs, are also hard to cover up. However, these veins may signal a much more serious vascular issue that he can treat.

Dr. Lynch has years of experience working with patients with vascular problems. He can diagnose conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis, during a vein assessment. At this consultation, he will learn about your health history, current medications, and any symptoms you’re experiencing. Your veins will be examined, and diagnostic venous ultrasound is performed. He then can provide spider vein or varicose vein treatment as needed.

What is a varicose vein?

Many patients who have varicose veins have them because of genetics. However, others may develop them because of their lifestyle. Regardless of how they develop, these veins become swollen, dilated, painful, and stand out on the skin. When a varicose vein develops, it indicates that a vein wall is weak, and the valves in the vein don’t function properly. A patient may experience heaviness in the legs, changes in the texture or color of the skin, or continuous pain. Not treating varicose veins will worsen the symptoms. Patients risk developing inflammation in the veins or blood clots, which can be life-threatening.

What is a spider vein?

Spider veins, also known as thread veins, appear on the surface of the skin on the legs or face, including the nose or cheeks. They can be red, blue, or purple. While they aren’t harmful, they are noticeable and are commonly treated at Lynch Vein & Aesthetics simply for cosmetic reasons.

Vein treatment in Peoria, AZ

Depending on your diagnosis, Dr. Lynch offers many vein treatment options for spider or varicose veins. These veins won’t heal themselves, so visiting Lynch Vein & Aesthetics for treatment is important. Our Peoria, AZ office offers:

  • Surface laser treatment

  • Ultrasound-guided therapy

  • Sclerotherapy

  • Microphlebectomy

  • Laser vein removal

  • Venefit™

  • ClariVein®

  • Alma VascuLife™

Since vascular conditions vary, your vein treatment will be customized according to your unique needs. All of these procedures are safely performed in our office by Dr. Lynch. Our treatment doesn’t prevent you from developing spider or varicose veins again in the future. You may need additional treatment or follow-up procedures if you’re prone to developing them. Dr. Lynch can make recommendations on how to prevent additional varicose veins.

Learn more about treatment for spider or varicose veins

When you need treatment for varicose or spider veins in Peoria, AZ, board-certified general surgeon Dr. Matthew Lynch at Lynch Vein & Aesthetics can help. He offers vein procedures and treatments for all of his patient’s vascular needs. If medically necessary, your treatment should be covered by your insurance. Schedule an appointment today to have your problematic veins evaluated.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.