Varicose Veins vs. Spider Veins—How to Know the Difference and Treat Each

My grandmother, mother, and I all have similar clusters of visible veins on the backs of our knees, and other, smaller visible veins on our legs. It's a running joke in our family that they're passed down from generation to generation like a precious heirloom. These veins are called varicose veins and spider veins—they're two different things—and they can happen for a variety of reasons, genetics being one of them. 

To get all the details about varicose veins versus spider veins, I consulted Parvaneh Rafaeloff, MD, a medical doctor at Le Jolie Medi Spa. Here, she breaks down everything you need to know about these types of veins and how to prevent/treat them.