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Spider Veins Vs. Varicose Veins

Women and men can achieve relief from varicose veins and spider veins with a variety of non-surgical options. Advancements over the last decade have resulted in pain-free procedures that offer improvements in the health and appearance of your legs. But before we can determine the best route to take for treatment, we’ll need to decide what needs to be done first.

*Individual Results May Vary

How Do I Know What Type of Veins I Have?

Our legs contain a network of veins on the surface, as well as under the skin. Varicose veins are larger swollen blood vessels in the surface network that twist and appear as bluish cords. They are sometimes tender and always flatten out when you lie down. They can be associated with leg rashes, swelling, aching, throbbing, cramps, and restless legs. Spider veins are smaller thread like veins that do not improve or flatten out when you lie down. They only occasionally cause burning or stinging.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are caused when their valves do not work properly so that blood is not pumped back to the heart to recirculate. When this happens, blood pools in the vein, increasing pressure in the tissues of the legs. This pressure presents as throbbing, cramping, aching, swelling, itching, or an overall heaviness in the leg. In some cases, you may experience rashes, ulcers or clots.

What About Spider Veins?

Spider veins are smaller patches of flooded capillaries that twist and turn beneath the surface of the skin. Most often seen in the legs, chest or face, spider veins are red, purple, and blue. Though unattractive, spider veins are not dangerous but can be associated with underlying vein disease that needs to be fixed for medical reasons.

Consultations Available Now

The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our highly trained providers at New York Skin & Vein Center located in Oneonta, NY, serving the surrounding New York City areas with additional offices in Norwich, Binghamton, and Cobleskill.

Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment. Your journey to a healthier, happier you can start today.

Is There Any Downtime?

Depending on which removal method is chosen, and the severity of your condition, downtime following varicose vein treatment will range from no downtime, (allowing you to immediately return to your normal daily activities) or up to two days as needed.

Spider vein treatment comes with no downtime. Common side effects include redness, swelling, tenderness, and/or slight bruising, but typically these do not last more than 3-7 days. Dr. Dohner may recommend wearing compression socks or stockings for up to two days following your procedure.

How Do I Know Which Treatment Is Right For Me?

While some patients are suited for one treatment over another, New York Skin & Vein Center can combine multiple procedures to address individual needs and aesthetic goals. Dr. Dohner will discuss your options during a consultation and customize a treatment plan unique to you.


*Individual Results May Vary

Dr. Dohner and his team strive to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses their practice for their aesthetic and vein needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Dohner and his team of expert providers at New York Skin & Vein Center in New York.

Take the Next Step

To schedule your in-person Spider & Varicose Vein consultation, call New York Skin & Vein Centers at (607) 286-0672 or simply fill out the form on this page. We look forward to working with you!

*Individual Results May Vary

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