Varicose and Spider Veins

Varicose veins are blue bulging veins that typically appear in the thighs and calves, normally developing after childbirth or with age. Common symptoms are aching, pain, burning, itching, and swelling caused by poorly functioning vein valves. The blood leaks back, enlarging the vein. These large veins respond best to laser or radiofrequency closure, a surgical procedure which destroys the lining of the vein from the inside.
Spider veins
are caused by similar conditions, but are smaller and closer to the skin surface. They are typically red, blue, or purple. The best treatment for these smaller veins is sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a special foamed medication into the veins. The new foams are nearly painless and most people drive themselves home after treatment. External laser treatments for spider veins are usually not very effective, may hurt, and cost a great deal more than sclerotherapy.