What Is A Superficial Vein?

Have you ever looked down at your own hands, arms or legs and noticed the intricate looking tiny blue web of veins just below the surface? Whether flat or raised, these easily spotted veins are most commonly known as superficial veins.

As their name suggests, superficial veins are less vital than those that are deeper under the skin. While they do carry blood from the heart and pump it throughout the body and back again, superficial veins are not as heavily relied upon as their deep vein counterparts.

Deep veins are much larger than superficial veins and are located further below the skin’s surface, adjacent to large arteries that are essential for your circulatory system to sustain. They are generally a great deal stronger than superficial veins, which is why they’re able to handle a heavier blood flow. Superficial veins however, are prone to swelling, bulging and bursting which causes the development of varicose and spider veins often seen on the legs and feet.

That’s where Island Vein Specialists comes in! As varicose or spider veins progress they can cause pain and discomfort, and can make you feel self-conscious about baring your legs. Luckily, there are a wide variety of minimally invasive surgical procedures that can be performed to correct them. When it comes to varicose veins specifically, many health insurance policies are even willing to cover the cost of surgery, as they can pose a risk to your overall health.

If you or someone you know has developed unsightly or painful varicose or spider veins, let Dr. Gallagher and our team of experts help. We’ll provide personalized assistance to help you decide on the vein removal procedure that’s a perfect fit for your needs.

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