Unsightly leg and facial veins are a pain and can also be every embarrassing especially during the summer. But there are a number be of different ways they can now be treated.
Make Varicose Veins Vanish
Approximately 40 per cent of women suffer from varicose veins and although they can be made worse by pregnancy or being overweight, your genes are usually the main culprit.
Varicose veins can be painful as well as unsightly and it’s important that the underlying problem is treated first, so do go to a practitioner who is qualified and experienced in dealing with veins.
Nowadays many varicose veins can be treated without surgery. One of the latest methods is EVLT, – Endovenous
Laser Treatment – a minimally invasive procedure carried out under local anaesthetic – it has many advantages over the old and out of date stripping method of surgery including minimum downtime. A laser fibre is threaded into the treatment area and then activated, obliterating the length of the varicose vein. Expect to pay around £2,000 depending on the severity of the veins.
Blitz Broken Veins on the Face
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is the best treatment for those pesky broken veins on the face which mostly appear around the nose, cheeks and jaw area. During treatment, they are zapped by an intense pulsed light and the veins collapse and are then absorbed by the body. You may need three to six treatments to completely remove them. It’s not a painful treatment, and is often described as a stinging sensation, similar to a rubber band pinging against your skin. However, do not have IPL five weeks before or after a sun holiday as the light targets the pigment in the veins and you could risk getting hyperpigmentation. Always wear a minimum SPF 30 after treatment. There’s little or no downtime, only brief slight redness after treatment, and the results are permanent. Costs vary but expect to pay from around £80 per area.
Tackle Spider Veins on the legs
Fifty percent of all women will have thread veins by the age 50. They mostly appear on your legs because of the pressure from sitting and standing for long periods and can be red, blue or purple and often develop in clusters, like little spider’s webs, hence the name. Micro-Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution known as sodium tetradecyl sulphate at several points along the veins which combined with wearing a compression garment after treatment causes the vein walls to collapse. Over time the body absorbs the veins resulting in more youthful, clearer legs. Most people need four to six sessions four weeks apart. From £200 depending on the size of the area being treated.
AND DON’T FORGET
*Staying active boosts circulation and will help prevent problems like varicose veins and heavy, aching legs. Avoid standing for long periods to stop pressure in the veins building up and try to keep your legs raised above the level of your bottom when you’re sitting down, which encourages blood to flow back up. Crossing your legs can result in varicose veins. Instead, sit straight up. By doing so, you’ll improve circulation to your legs which will keep blood pumping evenly through your vessels.
* Stop smoking as it affects your circulation.
*Include plenty of vitamin C and substances called bioflavonoids, as these strengthen the walls of blood vessels, protecting them from the weakness and bulging associated with varicose veins. The best sources of both are dark red berries, such as cherries and blackcurrants – tinned is fine – and citrus fruits, especially grapefruit. *Avoid high-fat, high-sugar foods, as well as putting more pressure on the veins, being overweight is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, which is linked with poor circulation in the legs.
*Research has found red vine leaf extract can help reduce swelling linked to poor circulation, helping to prevent varicose veins. The herb ginkgo biloba is also useful for boosting circulation.
*Support hosiery can be a real boon to leg health. It maintains optimum circulation, with graduated pressure massaging the ankle, calf and thigh, which improves blood flow back up to the heart. Try Scholl Light Legs, £14.99 – a world away from those old stye granny tights.
*A good concealer or a fake tan can help mask veins on the face and legs. Try Vichy Dermablend Corrective Fluid,£16