What are varicose, reticular and spider veins?

varicose veins

Varicose Veins

“Varicose veins” are large surface veins that bulge above the skin surface.

reticular veins

Reticular Veins

“Reticular veins” are smaller blue veins that do not protrude.

spider veins

Spider Veins

“Spider veins” or “telangiectases” are tiny short unconnected or spidery branching vessels.

Medicare defines significant varicosities as veins larger than 2.5mm diameter and will not pay for treatment for smaller “cosmetic” veins.

Depending on vein size, number and and distribution, different combinations of non-surgical methods can be employed to treat these veins.

The method employed will depend on a combination of history, examination and Duplex Ultrasound findings.

At the initial consultation, if the venous disease requires therapy, an individualised treatment regime would be formulated and discussed.

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