What Is the Difference between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?

Many of our patients have questions when they first visit our offices in Mechanicsburg. Here are a few of the ones we hear most…

“What is the difference between varicose veins and spider veins?”
Both are possible signs of vein disease (venous insufficiency). Varicose veins are usually painful, bulging veins visible to the eye, while spider veins are thin, blue-red-green veins that look like little threadlike veins on your skin’s surface.

“What procedure do you typically recommend for bulging varicose veins?”
Calcagno & Rossi Vein Treatment Center recommends a minimally invasive procedure such as a venous closure. It takes about an hour right here in our office under local anesthesia with immediate recovery and no down time for our patients.

“What treatment do you most recommend for unsightly spider veins?”
Spider veins are typically isolated on the skin surface or they may be a sign of a deeper vein issue. Sclerotherapy, a quick medical procedure, injects a sclerosant (liquid) into the vein, causing the blood vessel lining to collapse, and the vein to disappear.

“Do you accept most insurance coverage?”
Yes! Dr. David Calcagno and Dr. John Rossi accept most major insurance providers for varicose vein procedures, including Medicare.

Read more FAQs. Or to discuss your leg pain with one of our board-certified surgeons, please call 1-800-VEIN-DOC (1-800-834-6362) or schedule an appointment online.