According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health, about half of American women have either varicose or spider veins. While neither of these vascular issues usually result in serious health problems, they're not too pretty to look at and can throw a wrench into your wardrobe choices.
Here are a few tips to help you keep your legs looking great:
Concealing – Makeup and spray tanners can hide veins for a while, but it won't last for long. If you're a bit apprehensive about invasive procedures, this may be the way to go.
Prevention – You can't stop every varicose or spider vein from appearing, but there are steps you can take to reduce their likelihood including:
- Avoiding sitting or standing for long periods of time
- Consuming a low-salt and high-fiber diet
- Controlling weight
- Exercising regularly
- Wearing sunscreen.
Sclerotherapy – This is the most common treatment option for minor vascular issues. In this procedure, a physician injects a liquid chemical into the veins that causes themto swell and seal shut. In a few weeks, the veins turns to scar tissue and then fade. Patients can return to regular activities soon after treatment.
Surface laser treatment – Spider veins and smaller varicose veins can sometimes be treated effectively with lasers. This non-invasive technique sends pulses of light through the skin and onto the veins, which will disappear and fade over time. Two to five treatments are usually necessary to remove the veins permanently.
Contemporary treatments for varicose and spider veins tend to have ahigh success rates. Additional maintenance can help keep these issues under control. If you are interested in learning more about how to reduce signs of aging, contactboard certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. James Marotta today!