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Sexy for summer: Treating spider and varicose veins

Sun dress season is here but if you’re part of the approximately 50 percent of American women plagued with varicose veins and spider veins, you may be dreading, instead of celebrating the pending heat wave. Before you plan to endure another sweltering summer under wraps, put down those pants and pick up your telephone to call your MD instead. You could be just a few pin pricks from perfection with injection therapy that can permanently erase your veins in time for the summertime.

Circulatory health specialist, Dr. Luis Navarro of the Vein Treatment Center in New York is an expert in eliminating unsightly veins credited as the pioneer of a new procedure, called Modern Sclerotherapy, which promises a 100 percent painless procedure that delivers the most effective treatment to date. He offers his insights about the vein removal process and how to achieve the best results.

What causes unsightly veins on the legs?

Enlarged varicose veins are caused when blood pumping slows to a halt in the legs. As backed up blood collects, it creates veins with a twisted, bulged appearance and a red, blue or flesh-toned color. Flat spider veins can be small and sporadic or cover a large web of area, and are caused by blood flow backup, along with sun exposure, sedentary lifestyle, pregnancy, injuries and hormone changes. Besides being an eyesore, both can cause cramping and discomfort.

How does the treatment work?

The most common treatment I use for spider veins is sclerotherapy or “injection therapy.” During treatment, a mild chemical solution is injected into the vein that is causing the issue. The sclerosing agent irritates the walls of the vessel, causing it to collapse. The body then reabsorbs the vein and blood is re-routed to a healthy vein, restoring proper venous circulation in the area.

What is the procedure like?

During the 15- to 30-minute procedure, a tiny needle is used to inject the mild chemical solution into the troubled areas. A single sclerotherapy treatment session involves 40 to 45 injections in order to collapse the spider veins in one area. After treatment, the leg is wrapped with an elastic bandage for one or two hours to help keep the vein closed. Patients can go about their normal daily activities immediately after treatment.

How much does it cost?

Each session costs approximately $500.

Is it painful?

Patients used to describe the injections as feeling like a pinprick or mosquito bite, but now our treatment is painless as we have recently introduced a scleryotherapy element that cools the skin and numbs it at the injection site during the treatment.

How soon is treatment effective?

The treatment is effective immediately, as the veins treated will close and blood from the faulty veins will be rerouted to healthy veins.

How long will results last?

Usually, the veins will not return, but if they do, more treatments will be needed. If you have a lot of veins of varying sizes and locations, you will require multiple treatment sessions.

How often is treatment necessary?

The number of treatment sessions requited varies from patient to patient, depending on the number of veins treated, ability to heal, and the level of cosmetic perfection desired.

Is it safe?

Yes, this procedure is very safe with few significant risks. Negative side effects are usually bruising or irritation in the area treated.

What tips or warnings should be followed for the best outcome?

Avoid exercising at least 12 hours after the procedure. Patients are encouraged to walk around immediately after the procedure.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing