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Varicose Veins vs Spider Veins — Similarities and Differences

back of a person's legs that are affected by varicose and spider veinsAs we age, things begin to change. Physical changes are the most apparent. For women—and some men—these changes may appear as varicose or spider veins. These changes can make many people feel embarrassed about showing their legs out in public. This way of thinking is incredibly negative and shouldn’t be perpetuated. More often than not, those who have vein issues may suffer from painful swelling and exhaustion. But what differentiates varicose from spider veins? They’re actually much more similar than you might’ve previously thought!

Differences Between Varicose and Spider Veins

For starters, the most obvious difference between varicose and spider veins is how they look. Varicose veins are large, raised and tend to appear mostly in the legs. Spider veins, on the other hand, are smaller and can be red, purple, blue or all three. Spider veins may appear on your legs and face. Since both types of vein issues occur, well, to the veins, it makes sense that they share more similarities than differences. Still, spider veins vary in many ways from varicose veins and since the other variety can appear on the face, they may affect sufferers in a more negative way than varicose veins might.

How Similar Are They?

So now that you understand what differentiates varicose veins from spider veins, it’s time to talk about what makes them similar. Both result in pain and swelling. Both are also caused by similar issues. People whose jobs require them to stand for long hours can be at risk of varicose and spider veins. This is why nurses are often afflicted with the ailment. Standing isn’t the only way to get vein issues. Often times, it’s a hereditary issue! Obesity and blood clots are also culprits in vein issues. Women tend to suffer more from vein issues. In fact, women’s vein issues can be worse during their menstrual cycle or during pregnancy. This isn’t to say that men can’t suffer from varicose or spider veins. If you’ve got veins, there’s a chance they can face issues sooner or later.

Get the Help You Need!

If you’re suffering from any vein related ailment, we can help. At Physician’s Vascular Services, we offer the best care so you’ll be pain-free and your legs will look great in no time! Don’t let painful veins stop you from living your life to the fullest. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help!

More Tips for Proper Vein Care

doctor providing vein care by injecting medicine into an ankle with severe varicose veinsYou may not think about your veins every day, but they’re an important infrastructure in your body. Veins run through your entire body, and you have miles of them. They’re responsible for transporting blood throughout your body, so when they become damaged, injured, or swollen, you could be in for a world of hurt. That being said, it’s important to take care of your veins in order to avoid or minimize the effects of these issues. As a follow-up to our previous blog, here are some more tips, brought to you by Physician’s Vascular Services, on how to take care of your veins.

Tip #1: Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

If we’re being honest, many people have varicose veins, but that doesn’t mean they don’t pose any issues for you. In fact, without proper vein care, varicose veins can really do some damage on you. For starters, they can cause a lot of aches and pain in the area surrounding the veins. Varicose veins may also be a sign of other underlying issues that could be detrimental to your health. You don’t want to wait until it’s too late to seek treatment for you varicose veins. Speaking to a doctor early on will help make treatment go more smoothly.

Tip #2: Prepare Early On

Genetics are unavoidable. Sometimes this is a bad thing, especially if it means having varicose veins. However, you can start preparing early on by researching how prominent varicose veins are in your family. If they are prominent, you can plan to receive vein care in advance, helping you better prepare for varicose vein treatment.

Tip #3: Undergo Treatment

Many people opt to ignore varicose veins, but this should never be your go to. Even if you wait a long time, treatment can still help, even if it only does the bare minimum. Your doctor may refer you to a number of treatments, including compression–like wearing tight stockings–or surgery. Treatment can help correct your varicose veins and minimize symptoms.

Tip #4: Call Physician’s Vascular Services

This tip is a doozy. If you’re looking for quality vein care in the El Paso area, call us! We’ve been helping the El Paso area for many years and can help you as well. Our physicians are certified to provide you with the high quality vein care you deserve. Follow tip number one and don’t wait! Call us today to schedule an appointment!

Understanding Your Body — Facts from a Vein Clinic

a woman with beautiful legs after visiting the vein clinicVeins: without them, how would blood make it around your body and then back to your heart again? Your body is comprised of tons of veins, though the exact number or even a rough estimate has yet to be determined. However, scientists estimate that if you were to lay your veins out in a straight line, it would go on for roughly 100,000 miles. Imagine that! You have 100,000 miles worth of veins wrapped up in your body! So cool! That being said, you want to be sure you take care of them properly and help from a vein clinic can ensure you do so. Physician’s Vascular Services offers various treatments for your veins to ensure they stay on the right track to a healthy future. But before you can properly take care of them, there are a few facts you should know.

Fact #1: Your Body Has Three Major Blood Vessels

We wouldn’t be able to function or live without blood flowing through our bodies, and there are three major blood vessels that are responsible for doing this; arteries, capillaries, and veins. Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart. Veins, on the other hand, carry blood to the heart. Capillaries are responsible for helping the blood and tissues in your body exchange necessary water and chemicals.

Fact #2: Your Veins are Strong

Did you know your veins hold up to 70 percent of the blood in your body? If you think about it, that’s a lot! They’re also very flexible and can be distensible when undergoing a lot of stress, like during a hemorrhage or transfusion.

Fact #3: Like Onions or Cake, Veins Have Layers

Veins are actually made up of three layers. Their innermost layer is made up of membranous tissues. Surrounding that tissue is a layer of smooth muscle. On the outside, veins have a connective tissue layer. These layers help veins function properly inside your body.

Fact #4: Your Veins Age With You

While your veins start off really strong and elastic, they tend to lose strength and elasticity over time, causing issues like varicose veins. If you experience pain in your legs due to your veins, a vein clinic can help!

Call a Vein Clinic: Physician’s Vascular Services

As a vein clinic, Physician’s Vascular Services is dedicated to helping our patients alleviate pain in their legs caused by varicose veins and other vein-related issues. Call us today for more information!

How to Properly Care for Your Veins

legs after a varicose vein treatment using a Veinviewer flex lightIt may seem like the only thing you need to do to properly care for your veins is to stop eating things that clog your arteries. Fast food or donuts come to mind. However, there are many other things you can do that can ensure your veins stay healthy. At Physician’s Vascular Services, we help our clients keep their veins healthy. The pain, itchiness, and swelling associated with varicose veins don’t stop our clients from doing the things they enjoy. Here are some tips on keeping your veins, and legs, healthy.

Tip #1: Eat Healthily

While avoiding fast food and donuts can keep your arteries “unclogged,” it can also help reduce your chances of getting varicose veins. Typically, you get varicose veins when your veins weaken and fail to transport blood throughout the body properly. This causes your veins to twist, bulge, and swell, causing pain and discomfort in your legs. This can prohibit you from enjoying normal activities such as running and other intense physical activities. By eating healthy, you reduce the impact varicose veins may have on your body.

Tip #2: Change Up Your Lifestyle

If your job requires you to sit or stand in one position for long periods a day, there are a few things you can do to counteract the harmful effects. For one, you can invest in a standing desk. A standing desk will allow you to change your position frequently throughout the day. By alternating between sitting and standing, you reduce your chances of getting bad varicose veins. Exercising regularly and spending a decent amount of time of the day being active (outside of exercise) can also help. Proper vein care though physical activity is important not only for varicose veins but for your overall health.

Tip #3: Monitor Your Family History

Unfortunately, genetics are an uncontrollable factor that may affect your chances for having unhealthy veins. So, by knowing your family’s health history and understanding its effects on other family members, you can more efficiently manage the effects varicose veins have on your own body. Talk to your doctor regularly and be sure to bring up your family’s history in order to receive the proper vein care you need.

Physician’s Vascular Services Can Help!

Whether your varicose veins were caused by an unhealthy lifestyle or by genetics, we can provide you with proper vein care. Our vein care methods and treatments are effective for eliminating varicose veins’ symptoms and issues on your body. Simply call us today for more information!

Stay Active! Vein Care Starts at Home

spider-vein-treatment-in-el-pasoVein care involves getting proper treatment from El Paso professionals like the doctors at Physician’s Vascular Services. However, keeping your veins and circulatory system healthy is also something that you can work on at home. There are things that you can do in order to prevent the development of varicose veins or to slow down the development of varicose veins.  

Lifestyle Changes to Make for Effective Vein Care

Vein care at home can not only reduce the development of varicose veins, but it can also reduce the discomfort associated with varicose veins you may already have. Some of the different lifestyle changes that El Paso patients with circulatory issues can make include exercising, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight. When you lose weight, you take some of the pressure off of your veins.  A low-salt diet can also result in less water retention.  Finally, walking helps to encourage good blood circulation.

Taking Care of Your Legs

In addition to lifestyle changes aimed at improving circulation and decreasing water retention, there are also some even more basic steps you can take for at-home vein care. One thing you should do is elevate your legs several times a day to improve circulation. You should elevate the legs above the level of your heart a few times a day, which you can do by laying down and resting your legs on several pillows. You can also watch the types of clothing that you wear, avoiding high heels and tight clothes.  These steps can make a big difference in improving circulation, but you should still see a professional about vein care. 

Choose Physician’s Vascular Services Today!

There are many simple lifestyle changes you can do to make your veins healthier. But it’s also good to get medical assistance. This way, you can see just how important it is to have healthy veins. Vein care can start at home but it can also become extenuated when you visit a doctor. Your doctor can help pinpoint what’s causing your vein issues and even offer personalized ways for you to keep your veins healthy. All it takes is a visit to your vein doctor, your body will thank you for it!

If you’re ready for your legs to start looking as they’re meant to, then don’t hesitate. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’re ready to make your veins as healthy as ever.

Take the First Step to Healthy Veins at Our Vein Center

If you want to make sure your circulatory system is working properly you should visit a vein center. This will help you to protect the health of your veins. Spider or varicose veins are common when people have circulatory problems. There are also other conditions of the circulatory system that could affect the appearance of your veins and that could cause a variety of problems. If you notice that spider or varicose veins are beginning to develop or if you start to experience any other circulatory issues, you should visit Physician’s Vascular Services in El Paso for help.

Causes of Vein Problems

There are a number of different health and situational factors that can cause varicose and spider veins. People who work in occupations that require lots of standing are more prone to having vein issues. This can include nurses, teachers, and factory workers. Other factors can include heredity. Women experiencing hormonal changes due to pregnancy, birth control pills, and menopause are more at risk as well. People with a history of blood clots are also prone to vein issues.

Visit a Vein Center to Take the First Step to Healthy Veins

The first step in getting health veins is to get an accurate diagnosis of your circulatory problems. It is best to visit a vein center like Physician’s Vascular Services. This type of care facility will have special diagnostic tools which provide a clear picture of your veins and which identify causes of problems. Once you have undergone a comprehensive exam, you can then explore different treatment options. Patients in El Paso can find many different solutions for vein problems at Physician’s Vascular Services. New medical advances mean treatment no longer involves stripping and cauterization. Instead, there are relatively pain-free ways to deal with spider and varicose veins and other circulatory problems. Many of the modern procedures have very limited or no down time and you can put an end to the discomfort and unattractive appearance that goes along with varicose veins.

Take Care Of Your Vein Health Today

You need to make sure you take care of your vein health and ensure your circulatory system is functioning optimally. Visit Physician’s Vascular Health today. Find out more about what diagnostic services and treatment you can get at our vein center.

¿Qué son las varices?

varices invadiendo las piernas de una mujerLa insuficiencia venosa crónica, también conocida como varices o venas varicosas, son venas hinchadas a causa de una acumulación anormal de sangre debido a la debilidad, a menudo heredada, en las paredes y válvulas de las venas superficiales. Esto hace que las venas se ensanchen y se dilaten, de manera que la sangre se acumula fácilmente cuando una persona permanece de pie o sentada durante mucho tiempo. Cuando la vena se dilata no cumple su función. Éstas se encargan de realizar el retorno sanguíneo al corazón y eso implica que el flujo tenga que ir contra la gravedad, desde el pie hacia el corazón. Las venas tienen unas válvulas que impiden el retorno de ese flujo sanguíneo hacia el pie y facilitan la subida. Sin embargo, si la vena está dilatada, las válvulas no cumplen su función y el flujo se invierte, lo cual provoca que aumente la dilatación y se produzcan problemas como edemas, hinchazón de la pierna o, en fases más avanzadas, úlceras o flebitis, entre otras.

A quienes afecta más este padecimiento

Esta patología es mucho más frecuente en la mujer. La aparición de las varices es hasta cinco más frecuente en ellas que en los hombres. Se da habitualmente en las venas de las piernas, sin embargo, también pueden afectar al esófago, la región anal o en caso de los hombres puede afectar en los testículos.

Muchas cosas pueden causar las varices, como:

  • estilo de vida
  • el estrés
  • el hecho de ser mujer
  • movimientos hormonales
  • los embarazos
  • la obesidad
  • la constipación
  • el esfuerzo laboral reiterado
  • el ejercicio de alto impacto

Todas estas cosas suman para que se compliquen las várices. Cabe mencionar que esta enfermedad es crónica hereditaria por lo que se puede manifestar a temprana edad. Se han dado casos de pacientes de 14 ó 15 años que tienen arañitas, várices, celulitis o distrofias que antes aparecían a los 40.

¿Qué tratamientos existen para tatar las venas varicosas?

Anteriormente se creía que la única forma de tratamiento efectivo para las venas varicosas era la extirpación y cauterización de la vena. Estos tratamientos solían tener periodos de recuperación largos, mucho dolor y grandes cicatrices. Ahora, con el uso de tecnología innovadora, se ofrecen tratamientos más efectivos y menos invasivos que lo devolverán a sus actividades normales mucho más rápido y, en la mayoría de los casos, a los días siguiente.

Algunos tratamientos para el tratamiento de varices

Laser Intravenoso

Este procedimiento es realizado bajo anestesia local, una vez que la piel esta adormecida, la energía laser es dirigida hacia la vena varicosa utilizando una fibra laser. La energía provoca que las paredes de la vena se encojan y colapsen causando el cierre de la vena.


La escleroterapia, es popular para las venas de araña. El agente esclerosaste ocasiona que la vena se cierre y se fragmente, después, esta es reabsorbida por el cuerpo. Este procedimiento es mínimamente invasivo y causa muy poca o ninguna molestia o magulladura.

La Flebectomía Ambulatoria

Es un procedimiento que consiste en colocar anestesia local para hacer una incisión pequeña através de la cual la vena afectada es extraída. Las venas varicosas que son grandes y que se encuentran cerca de la superficie de la piel generalmente reaccionan bien a la Flebectomía.

Donde Puede Encontrar Ayuda?

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Varicose Veins Can Affect Men as Well

Senior couple happy in the park leaning on a bike.Varicose veins are a common problem experienced by people of both genders. Many people mistakenly believe that this condition is a problem only or primarily faced by women. The fact is there are millions of men who have circulatory issues that result in this condition. If you are one of the many men who has problems with spider veins or raised veins, it’s time to find the treatment you need. Leaving this condition untreated can result in serious complications, such as venous leg ulcers. Instead of taking a chance, find the treatment to help you relieve your symptoms and prevent your condition from escalating.

Men Can be Affected by Varicose Veins

Men who are affected by varicose veins may be concerned about how their thick, discolored, or protruding veins look. The cosmetic concerns about varicose veins are a legitimate worry for people of both genders. Men often spend time wearing shorts and may feel that their veins are conspicuous. Varicose veins can also be uncomfortable, as well as cause itching or a feeling of heaviness. They can result in further problems with the vascular and circulatory system. Men suffering from this condition should never be worried about seeking treatment. There are effective medical solutions that can help people of either gender to deal with varicose veins permanently.

Why Men Should Keep a Look Out for Symptoms

One of the main things to remember is that men are just as susceptible to this condition. Since many men do not take the time to notice the beginning, subtle symptoms can be overlooked. This is dangerous since as this condition progresses, so do the risks for complications. Men should be aware of any changes in how their legs feel so that this condition does not take them unawares. Talk to your doctor about any symptoms you may be feeling so that they can evaluate your condition and refer you to a specialist if needed. Some common symptoms include:

  • Bulging Veins
  • Heavy Legs
  • Visible Red and Blue Veins
  • Numbness
  • Discoloration of Skin
  • Itching, Burning, Throbbing, Swelling
  • Overall Leg Pain

Treatment of Varicose Veins for Men

Treatment of varicose veins for men and women is generally the same. While stripping and cauterization used to be the only options for treating varicose veins, there have been many advances and now the treatment process is often much easier with limited or no down time. Men should not have to live with uncomfortable varicose veins or with veins that make them feel self conscious about their appearance. The vascular specialists at Physician’s Vascular Services have the knowledge and experience to provide you the best treatment possible. If you live in El Paso or in surrounding areas, contact us today to find out how you can get treatment for varicose veins.

¿Por qué es importante mantener sanas nuestras venas?

Una pareja madura corriendo, manteniendo su salud. La salud de nuestras venas afecta directamente nuestra vida dia a dia. Tener molestias como pesadez, hinchazón, o ardor, puede limitar nuestras actividades hasta anularlas por completo. Y es no mas cuando el problema se agrava que mucha gente busca ayuda. En Physician´s Vascular Services contamos con tecnología avanzada y especialistas que están listos para ayudarte a recuperar tu salud vascular y te darán a conocer los mejores métodos para el cuidado de tus venas. Podemos ayudarle antes que esos sintomas problematicas se hagan problemas graves.

¿Cómo se puede prevenir una enfermedad vascular?

Uno puede hacer ejercicios suaves para fortalecer el músculo y hacer circular la sangre pierna arriba. Una manera fácil es acostarse boca arriba y mover las piernas como si estuviera montando en una bicicleta. Otro puede ser pararse en un escalón sobre la punta de los pues, mantenga los talones sobre el borde del escalón y deje que los talones caigan por debajo del escalón. También puede realizar una caminata suave o practique natación dos o tres veces por semana. Esto puede ayudar con el cuidado de sus venas.

¿Qué nacer si ya se tiene un problema vascular?

Tiempo atrás se creía que la única forma de tratamiento efectivo de las venas varicosas era la extirpación y cauterización de la vena. Estos tratamientos solían ser dolorosos y con una recuperación lenta y cicatrización. Ahora, con el uso de tecnología innovadora, Physician’s Vascular Services ofrece tratamientos más efectivos y menos invasivos que lo devuelven a sus actividades normales mucho más rápido, en la mayoría de los casos al siguiente día. Nuestros doctores le ayudaran a tomar la mejor decisión para su tratamiento.

¿Qué tipo de tratamientos existen para las enfermedades vasculares?

El proceso Fast Track nos ayudara a definir su salud vascular y así definir el tratamiento para tratar su problema.

  • La Ablación con radiofrecuencia básicamente cierran la vena enferma y se redirige el flujo de sangre a venas sanas, las molestias son mínimas y puede regresar rápidamente a sus actividades cotidianas.
  • El tratamiento Laser Intravenoso es bajo anestesia local y utilizando una fibra laser logran colapsar y cerrar la vena enferma y eventualmente el flujo de sangre es redirigido a venas sanas.
  • La Flebectomía ambulatoria es recomendada cuando las venas son grandes y cerca de la superficie de la piel. Se aplica anestesia local y mediante una pequeña incisión la vena afectada es extraída.
  • Veingogh™ es un tratamiento desarrollado recientemente para el tratamiento de venas de araña en la cara, cabeza u otras partes del cuerpo.
  • La Escleroterapia guiada por Ultra Sonido utiliza un acercamiento a la escleroterapia normal, pero utiliza tecnología adicional de imágenes de ultrasonido para localizar las venas dañadas más profundas. Esto posibilita la colocación apropiada del instrumento de escleroterapia aún y cuando las venas estén más allá de la simple vista.

El mejor lugar para el cuidado de venas

Physician´s Vascular Services ofrece a sus pacientes lo último en tecnología y cuidado de venas. Imagine sus piernas viéndose y sintiéndose mejor de lo que lo han hecho en años. Todo lo que necesita hacer, es dar el primer paso y contactar nuestras oficinas.

Does the Veinviewer Flex Light Speed Up Treatment?

Dr. Furlong performing a FastTrack examination on a patient with a Veinviewer Flex Light. People can often be turned off to varicose vein treatment. This is due to the inconvenience that time and potential side effects can cause. Life is full of hustle and bustle throughout El Paso. Taking time from that can be hard for many people. At Physician’s Vascular Services, we use the Veinviewer Flex Light to speed up the treatment process for this very reason.  Here are a few benefits that show how the Veinviewer Flex Light makes our treatments superior and fast.

The Veinviewer Flex Light Helps Doctors Assess Vascular Health

The Veinviewer Flex Light looks like something of the future. Its sleek design and amazing capabilities are a testament to its benefits. The light looks like a green laser that basically highlights images of the body beneath the skin. It almost appears to be a portable, instant x-ray (without the harmful aspects, of course). The Veinviewer Flex Light allows for a doctor at Physician’s Vascular Services to look beneath the skin and make an assessment of vascular health. It allows us to evaluate your veins with the naked eye instead of waiting for results.  This light means that a patient can get a diagnosis and treatment promptly. It also means we can guide our treatment to specific areas, avoiding unnecessary exploration.

The Veinviewer Flex Light is Painless

Other than the convenience of quick imaging, the best thing about the Veinviewer Flex Light at Physician’s Vascular Services is that it is pain free. This advanced form of diagnostic imaging technology makes the process of getting an accurate picture of blood patterns painless. Doctors can view how blood is flowing through your veins up to 10mm without having to physically look under the skin. Through this you can get noninvasive targeted treatment for circulatory issues. This saves time because in other kinds of health issues, patients often have to recover from test alone before proceeding with treatment. Sometimes, we can also catch problems that may be more severe than we initially thought.

It’s clear that the Veinviewer Flex Light expedites the vascular treatment process significantly. It does so just by making it easier to the doctor to look at your circulatory system. If you have any questions about the Veinviewer Flex Light or any of the treatments we offer in El Paso, give us a call today. We’d be happy to discuss our expertise and patient care. Vascular problems like varicose veins and other conditions can make life uncomfortable and change the way you experience it. Don’t let your condition affect your quality of life. It’s time to take the first step towards feeling better and get back to living on your terms.