Time-Sensitive Fixes for Varicose Veins

Time-Sensitive Fixes for Varicose VeinsMost treatments for spider and varicose veins take time. Depending on the severity and number of veins at hand, it may take several treatments before sufficient results are reached. In some more serious cases, surgical removal of the veins through a phlebectomy may be needed. Unfortunately, with summer around the corner in Marietta, time is more precious than ever as many of us are ready to switch out jeans for our leg-baring bathing suits and dresses.

Depending on how much time you have, here are some ways to fix your cosmetic vein issues.

When you only have 10 minutes…

Sometimes all you need to make unsightly varicose or spider veins a little less noticeable is an even tone. If you’re in need of a quick even tone fix, try applying a bronzing moisturizer or even a temporary tanner on your legs. Remember to apply the layers evenly and methodically to ensure an even tint. For even better results, exfoliate and shave your legs beforehand for a more even surface. To add a finishing touch, take an under-eye concealer that matches your leg tone and apply it to the darker vein spots to reduce their appearance even more. The concealer will wash off in the water so remember to reapply after hitting the pool and beach or after you shower.

When you have three to five days…

Though the idea may seem scary at first, applying a fake tan will help cover up your more embarrassing varicose and spider veins. Don’t be scared and eliminate your worries by applying a gradual fake tanner. Rub on your product daily for about three to five days to watch your tan appear gradually and have a more natural appearance. There’s no need to overdo it on the first day, but if you’re still worried about intense color, just apply the tanner for only three days. For the best results, exfoliate your legs and shave them well before your first application. Don’t exfoliate again afterwards or you may remove some of your tanner. If you’re going to be in the sun, your tan may intensify so make sure to apply a sunscreen with sufficient SPF.

When time doesn’t matter…

For some people, spider veins and varicose veins need medical attention. The appearance of such veins is caused by backflow of blood that has caused swelling. This swelling can lead to weakening of the veins creating the rope-like appearance of varicose veins. Many larger varicose veins may require a phlebectomy. During a phlebectomy procedure, small sections of the affected veins are removed via tiny surgical incisions. The blood in the remaining portions of veins will clot and the vein will seal off causing the blood in the legs to be rerouted to healthier veins in the immediate area. Once sealed, these veins should fade into invisible or barely visible scar tissue.

A phlebectomy is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that usually takes between 30 and 45 minutes. On average, a phlebectomy requires almost no recovery time. Though you may be asked to wear compression stockings after the procedure, this will usually only be for a week or so. You may also be asked to refrain from demanding activities during this time. Most phlebectomy patients in Marietta notice immediate improvement in vein appearance after the procedure.

Depending on your individual case, some of these quick fixes may help you reduce the appearance of your embarrassing spider and varicose veins. However, if your condition is more serious, surgical removal may be your best option. Your varicose vein specialists will be able to determine if a phlebectomy is the best procedure for you of if you should consider more conservative vein treatments.


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