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Are there any treatments to cover up varicose veins?

Question posted by zdenoz from Canada

I have bad varicose veins on my legs that look ugly and make me shy to wear shorts or even capris. What options do I have for this?

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2 thoughts on “Are there any treatments to cover up varicose veins?

  • Dear zdenoz,

    Varicose veins can indeed be quite unsightly.  The treatment of varicose veins depends on the level of the insufficiency or leaking of the venous leg system.  Leaky leg vein valves at the site of the varicose veins can be treated locally with a combination of local phlebectomies or removal of the large segment of veins in combination with sclerotherapy and laser for the smaller spider veins. 
    However, localized valvular insufficiency is uncommon and quite common venous insufficiency, reflux of venous blood at the saphenofemoral junction or up in the groin.  The saphenofemoral junction controls release of venous blood into the leg and when there’s incompetence or insufficiency a reflux of this valve too much vein can slip into the leg vein system causing venous hypertension, back pressure, dilation leading to varicosities, spider veins and unsightly blue reticular veins.

    The treatment for this kind of venous insufficiency has been revolutionized over the past 10 years with the emergence of what is called Endoluminal venous therapy.  Small little fibres of laser or radio frequency device are passed under local anesthesia up to the vein through a percutaneous stab incision located somewhere in the thigh.  The superficial saphenous vein is then navigated up to the groin under ultrasound control.  Radio frequency or laser energies admitted and the leaky valve is coagulated.  This procedure can take approximately 15-20 minutes per leg as performed under local anesthesia and is essentially painless. 

    Control rates for reflux are over 95% and this will often be enough to decompress your varicose veins making them more aesthetically attractive.  If the ELVT is not enough to completely or
    significantly reduce the varicose vein, the varicose vein can be removed at the same time, a procedure under local anesthetic called a phlebectomy.  Finally, small spider veins and reticular veins can be treated with traditional sclerotherapy or a combination of sclerotherapy and laser therapy.

    With a series of treatments over 4-6 months starting with the ELVT most unsightly leg veins can result in 75-80% improvement in the appearance of these unsightly collections allowing you to be more confident in bathing wear, skirts, shorts and better enjoy your outdoor and indoor time when not fully clothed.

    I hope this information has been of some assistance.

    For more information, please review our leg vein reduction page. 

    If you’d like to schedule a consultation with our leg vein
    consultant, please call SpaMedica at (416) 922-2868 or visit us at our website

    R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.

    Certified Plastic Surgeon

    Yorkville, Toronto

  • You can treat the veins, if they are small you can have them injected, if they are larger they can be treated with a laser placed inside the vessel, otherwise you can use cover up like cover FX to camouflage them.

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