Graphic illustrating the difference is between varicose and spider veins
Summary graphic showing what the difference is between spider veins and varicose veins

Both spider and varicose veins can result in unsightly cosmetic annoyances and keep men and women from looking their best! Typically, spider veins are the simplest superficial vein problem while varicose veins tend to be more severe.

Spider vs Varicose Veins — What’s the difference?

Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels usually measuring one millimeter or less in diameter.  These spider vein may appear red or purple in color.  They can also occur as clusters emulating bruising near the surface of skin.

Varicose veins tend to be much larger in size, typically measuring between four to five millimeters in diameter.  Varicose veins often protrude above the skin’s surface feeling bumpy and rope-like to the touch.  In addition, varicose veins often cause more painful symptoms and can lead to more severe complications than spider veins.

Both types of veins while often embarrassing cosmetically can also be indicators of developing vein disease. Forgoing treatment can lead some people to develop the extremes of vein disease including: skin breakdown, bleeding ulcers, even blood clots.

If you live in the greater Milwaukee area and you are interested in varicose or spider vein treatment, contact the comprehensive vein care professionals at Lakeshore Veins. Our specialists offer a personalized vein treatment plan based on your unique anatomy and symptoms. To get the healthy, beautiful legs you long for, call our office at (262) 241-3999 and learn more about the varicose vein treatment options.