Tired of hiding your legs because of the red, blue or purple veins clustered on your thighs, calves or ankles? You’re not alone. But instead of covering up, why not do a little fixing up? This is the perfect season to explore treatment — so you'll be ready to unveil smooth, gorgeous legs just in time for summer.
Spider versus varicose
Spider veins are basically a milder version of varicose veins. The good news is that, unlike varicose veins, spider veins don't come with potentially serious health issues,1 although some women do experience cramps, itching, leg fatigue and other discomforts.2 But mostly, sufferers find spider veins simply unsightly.
A proven treatment
Luckily, there is an effective, safe and relatively painless treatment that’s been used for centuries.2 Called sclerotherapy, it requires a professional to inject a chemical solution into the problem veins. (You can talk to the doctor about adding a local anesthetic to the injection to reduce associated pain.)1 The solution causes the veins to collapse, which prevents blood from flowing through them — and the discoloration disappears.2 Overall blood flow isn’t affected, since your body automatically redirects blood to other, healthier veins.1
Managing the cost
The cost for sclerotherapy varies, and you need to make sure to factor in not only the procedure, but also facility fees and any additional treatments that may be required. Because sclerotherapy is generally considered an elective cosmetic procedure, it may not be covered by your insurance policy. But remember, your CareCredit card can help you close any cost gaps.
To learn more about the procedure, benefits, risks and costs, talk with your plastic surgeon. You can use the Provider Locator to find one who accepts CareCredit. Then look forward to baring your legs all summer long!
1. "Varicose Veins: What are the advantages and disadvantages of sclerotherapy?" PubMed Health, National Institutes of Health, posted Sept. 12, 2012, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0049050/?rep, accessed Jan. 22, 2015
2. "Sclerotherapy (Injection Techniques) for Spider Veins on the Legs," PubMed Health, National Institutes of Health, posted 2012, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0032969/, accessed Jan. 23, 2015
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