The most common misconception is that people
think spider veins become varicose veins and they don’t. They are different vascular entities.
Spider veins are much smaller than varicose veins. About the size of a pencil lead. Spider
veins are flat on the skin, red, pink or purple. They’re usually about 2mm in diameter. Varicose veins are thicker, bluish in color
and greater than 2mm. They’re larger and bluish or sometimes skin tone. Spider veins are mainly
a cosmetic issue whereas varicose veins can become more than a cosmetic issue if left
untreated. They can lead to other problems including skin color changes, swelling of
the legs, tenderness of the areas and in the worst cases-
veinous ulcerations. People that do have varicose
veins can develop spider veins due to increased pressure in the area.