In your teens and early twenties, you’re generally concerned about the slight muffin-top, the way your shirt matches your skirt and how your legs look in your new thigh-high boots. Even when you’re sporting a bikini on the beach, you’re never really thinking about the condition of your skin (except the deepness of your tan).

 

As you age, though, you become aware of other slight imperfections and signs of aging on your body – such as the appearance of varicose veins. These bulging, dark blue or purple veins were only something we ever noticed on our grandparents, and then suddenly you start to notice them on your own legs.

 

There are a lot of myths surrounding varicose veins, such as how they originate and how you can prevent them. Research and medical experts all agree that genetics are the leading cause of varicose veins.  It’s something that runs in the family and by the time we start reading up on varicose veins and investigating their presence on our family members’ legs, they are unfortunately already popping up on our own thighs.

 

Symptoms of varicose veins

You won’t always be aware of new varicose veins that are forming on your feet, legs, ankles or thighs. Many times they will pop up completely unnoticed, but other times there will be a few symptoms, such as itching around your veins, swelling around your ankles and muscle cramping in your legs. While many of these symptoms don’t sound too extreme, there are certain instances where varicose veins can lead to further medical complications – for example, if ulcers start to form near your varicose veins. It’s uncommon for varicose veins to lead to blood clots, but there have been cases where blood clots were a result of varicose veins.

 

Luckily there are various treatment options available. If the veins are near the surface of the skin, a medical professional can make small incisions to remove the veins. Other invasive procedures include vein stripping, where longer veins are removed through small incisions in the skin, as well as sclerotherapy, where the doctor will inject a solution that closes smaller veins.

 

Another less-invasive option is laser surgery. The doctor will use a laser to close off smaller veins (and luckily no incisions are made to the skin).  An even less invasive option is investing in a beauty product that has been developed especially for reducing the appearance of varicose veins. Make sure the product you choose is infused with anti-inflammatory agents, Vitamin K (a powerful blood nutrient) and ingredients that are known to improve circulatory and capillary health.