The parts of our venous system can be compared to a tree. Spider veins are the most superficial component and can be compared to the leaves. The fine connecting branches are analogous to reticular veins which are as seen as blue or green lines under the surface of the skin. The larger branches are comparable to varicose veins. The trunk of the tree is similar to perforating veins which connect varicose veins to deep veins. The roots of the tree represent the deep venous system. The blood flows from the superficial veins into the perforator veins, to the deep veins and then back to the heart.
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