Spider veins are very small cosmetic vessels on the surface of the legs that people just do not like the appearance of. Often times they are reflection of underlying venous pathology that needs to be addressed first. In other cases, all we need to do is just treat the little spider veins and we treat these with little microinjections with numerous different solutions that we have available now and for refractory vessels we also sometimes incorporate lasers.
Varicose veins affect a large segment of the US population. They are large, tortuous, usually bulging, visible vessels that show up on the legs. They can cause skin ulceration, skin discoloration. They cause heaviness and achiness in the legs. When we treat these, we bring the circulation back to normal state and people’s symptoms disappear, if they have more advanced disease such as skin ulcers, they heal. So varicose veins are progressive disease that unless treated will continue to give more pathology and more cosmetic problems.