With summer here, out come the sandals, shorts and bathing suits! So with that, our legs are more exposed and so are all the…ahem…little imperfections as well!
I don’t get too hung up on stuff like that and honestly a nice tan and some leg makeup can do a very nice job to cover bruises and veins. One thing I particularly love to use is the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs! It does a great job of camouflaging imperfections while giving you nice, natural tanned-looking gams!
But, I did have a few veins that were really bothering me and so I decided to treat them. The procedure is called Sclerotherapy and it is the treatment of varicose veins.
My impression of the procedure? I am satisfied with the results. I found it to be painful at times, certain areas more than others. The treated areas are bruised but healing nicely. The outcome is worth it in my opinion and I am really glad I had it done!
Overall I have to say that it was a good experience and would definitely do it again.
I shot a little video showing how this is done. Don’t mind my terrible looking legs 🙁
It’s incredible how those pesky little veins disappear instantly when the injection is applied.
Also, for your information, here below is a Q&A from Dr. Rowen of the Xomed clinic himself answering the most common questions related to this procedure.
Have any of you had this done? Were you happy with the results? Would you go through with it again?
Leave me your comments and experiences! Would love to hear if I was the only baby out there! Lol 😀
Q&A With Dr. Rowen, XoMed Clinic, Montreal Canada
I have been treating varicose veins of all kinds for 14 years now. The vein problems I see include large tortuous veins in addition to smaller veins and even spider veins. It is gratifying to treat them since they respond well to the treatments that we have on hand. These treatments are simple in nature and are very well tolerated by patients. Prior to treatment, however, I discuss the problem at large and answer many of the questions patients have.
Here are some of the most common questions I am asked:
1) What causes varicose veins?
There is no ONE cause of varicose veins. Generally speaking, the most important factor is genetics. There appears to be an inherited tendency to have structurally weak vein walls near valve in many people with varicose veins. This weakness prevents the valves from closing properly and therefore leads backwards flow of blood and congestion in the veins.This, of course, leads to varicose veins. The genetic tendency is strong. One study looking at families in France suggested there is a 90 % chance of a woman having varicose veins when BOTH her parents had varicose veins; whereas, there was only a 20% chance when neither parent had varicose veins.
As well, there are environmental factors at play. Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle promote varicose veins. The greater the number of children a woman has, the greater the risk she will develop varicose veins.
Men also have varicose veins but they tend to consult only when the problem is more advanced.
2) Once the veins are treated, do they come back?
In general, they do not come back. However, there is no cure for varicose veins and a patient will develop others in other areas in the years ahead. In addition, a large vein that has been treated can reopen but can easily be retreated once this is detected. Some people may also consider getting compressed socks to help the circulation of blood in their legs to ease varicose vein symptoms, and there are many places you can find men’s socks, or women’s socks for this type treatment.
3) Do treatments hurt?
Treatments of varicose veins involve injecting the vein with a sclerosing agent so that the vein closes on its own.Because the veins are injected,the process does involve placing very tiny needles into the vein. I have never met anyone who likes needles, yet, just about every time, patients are pleasantly surprised at how tolerable it is. After the session, patients realize that they were overly concerned and afraid for nothing.
4) Is laser better than injections?
In fact, the opposite is true! Laser is a buzzword which has captured the imagination of many. Laser is less effective for most cases and actually hurts more than injections and is more expensive for the patient. It may have its place occasionally at the end of the treatments.
5) Once treated, do you have to avoid the sun?
It is generally recommended to avoid overexposure in the sun for a couple of weeks after a treatment. While there is no proof, it seems accepted that avoiding the sun for two weeks will lessen the likelihood of temporary staining of the skin. Casual exposure (eg: gardening outside, going for a walk etc…) is not a problem especially when sun protection is applied.
6) How many treatments and how often?
Generally patients require 2-6 treatments roughly 2-4 weeks apart. It is only a guide and longer treatment intervals are feasible as well.
I’m Nuccia Ardagna, a lifestyle blogger based in Montreal, Québec.