Are you hiding your legs under long pants and skirts, even in the hot weather? Many women feel self conscious about their legs because of varicose veins and spider veins. Varicose veins are large dark veins that tend to bulge. These veins are unsightly, but in some cases they can also be very painful. Keep reading to find out more about preventing and treating varicose veins.
What can you do to prevent varicose veins?
Varicose veins can show up because of pregnancy, weight gain, long periods of sitting or standing, or hormonal shifts. Sometimes taking certain medications can increase your risk for varicose veins. They can also be hereditary.
The following tips can help you prevent varicose veins:
- Incorporate cardio activities into your daily routine. Walking and running can strengthen your leg muscles, and improve circulation.
- Maintain a healthy weight by eating healthy foods in reasonable portions and staying active.
- Reduce your consumption of salty foods.
- Avoid wearing tight clothing that restricts blood flow.
- Keep your legs uncrossed when you sit.
- Take breaks to stretch and walk around if you have to sit or stand for long periods of time.
How are varicose veins treated?
While there are some things you can do to prevent varicose veins, you may still develop them, in spite of your best efforts. If this happens, Sclerotherapy is the treatment designed to treat varicose veins. Sclerotherapy is also often used to treat spider veins.
In most sclerotherapy treatments, a substance is injected into the veins that causes them to shrink and dissolve over a period of weeks. In many cases, it will take a few treatments for the take effect. The two substances that are usually injected are hypertonic saline solution and Sodradecol. Other agents have been used in places outside the U.S. and may be approved for use in the future. In some cases, lasers can also be used to treat varicose veins.
If you’re interested in eliminating painful or unsightly veins on your legs, schedule a consultation at Park Avenue Skin and Spa to learn more about treatment options.