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What is the difference between spider veins and varicose veins?

Dr. Arthur W. Perry, MD
Cosmetic Surgeon

Spider veins are not varicose veins. While the two may occur together, varicose veins are due to diseased valves in the large veins of the legs; they are removed by vascular surgeons. These doctors evaluate the legs and either inject, strip, or destroy the veins. Spider veins are a cosmetic problem only, having no medical effects. Both develop in people who have occupations that require long periods of standing.

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