While you might be ready to shed your winter layers, are your legs ready to be exposed?
As you gear up for the warm weather, short shorts, sundresses and bathing suites, make sure your legs are ready for the summer by erasing the road map veins often leave behind.
According to Mitchel Goldman, M.D., member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), “If you’re looking to improve your legs before the summer, it’s best to treat varicose veins and spider veins now for best results,” says Dr. Goldman. “It takes about a month or two to see results, so get started before beach-weather hits.”
Varicose and spider veins occur for a variety of reasons, including a fluctuation in hormones, high-heeled shoes, age, occupation, heat and obesity, and cause pain and fatigue in the legs. Varicose veins are large, thick bulging veins that usually develop in the legs; and spider veins are smaller, thinner veins that appear on the face, thighs and feet.
The good news is that both types of leg veins are fairly easy to remove by visiting a dermatologic surgeon, who are experts in treating varicose veins and spider veins and helped develop many of the procedures and treatments that are currently available. Not only will removing the leg veins get you ready to show off your legs, your legs will feel healthier and lighter too!
Talk to your dermatologic surgeon about the following non-invasive treatment options:
- Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard treatment for removing spider and some varicose leg veins, since it is a very cost-effective procedure that rarely leaves a scar or produces adverse effects. A tiny needle is used to inject a medial solution into the affected vein to close up or collapse the vein, and then it is absorbed by your body. The number of injections depends on the length of the affected vein and the total number of affected veins, but the procedure is virtually painless.
- Intravascular Laser Treatment: Intravascular laser treatments are used to treat larger varicose veins. During the procedure, a laser fiber is inserted into the vein to close and permanently destroy the vein. Minor bruising and swelling may occur following the procedure that lasts for about a week or two.
For some patients, more than one treatment may be necessary to get rid of veins in the legs. However, the procedure is a less invasive alternative to vein stripping and there’s little down time.
Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, Dr. Goldman offers the following tips:
- Make sure you’re going to the right doctor: Cosmetic procedures are medical procedures that should be performed by a qualified dermatologic surgeon. Dermatologic surgeons have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of skin through every stage of life.
- Check credentials: The ASDS recommends researching any physician before undergoing a cosmetic procedure to ensure that he or she has been specifically trained for the procedure. To find a board certified dermatologic surgeon, visit www.ASDS.net.
- Ask questions: Always ask questions to ensure the treatment is right for you. Insist on having an initial evaluation by a dermatologic surgeon to determine if the treatment is appropriate for your skin type.
So, don’t hide your legs this summer! See your dermatologic surgeon and visit www.ASDS.net for more information on how to best remove veins and get ready to show off your bare legs in time for donning your summer clothes.