Have you spent years wearing pants to hide varicose or spider veins on your legs? Maybe you even tried self-tanner or body makeup to cover them.
No matter how young you are or how youthful you feel, nothing can bring you down like having to constantly cover your legs to hide varicose veins, raised—bumpy and distorted blood vessels that appear above the skin.
To put it simply, varicose veins aren’t pleasant.
Barbara Norr first noticed varicose veins at age 19 and was later treated at Vein Specialist Centers in New Jersey. “Genetics was the cause of my varicose veins,” she said. “My dad had painful varicose veins, and I inherited them.”
Although Norr said she never took the time to “hide” her varicose veins, she said, “They were unsightly and painful and that prompted me to seek help.”
Sometimes you need to do more than hide them, especially if they’ve become painful, which could indicate a higher-risk, circulatory problem. The only way to make those pesky varicose veins go away is to undergo minimally invasive treatment.
Here’s nine things your doctor hasn’t told you about varicose vein treatment: