Get Your Gams Beach-Ready with Sclerotherapy

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Though the temperatures here in Sunny Florida remain a bit chilly, springtime is just around the corner. If you’ve got varicose veins, make sure you’re ready to don that flirty little sundress or hit the beach in your new bikini with expert sclerotherapy treatment.

Varicose veins form when, for any of a variety of reasons, the veins are unable to keep blood flowing properly. Rather than being pumped back up to the heart, blood can pool backward and collect inside the veins, primarily in the legs and feet. This enlarges the veins, causing them to protrude above the surface of the skin, often creating a blue-hued, twisted look.

A top proven solution is sclerotherapy. This highly effective treatment involves your surgeon injecting a sclerosing agent into varicose vein valves, causing them to collapse, smooth out and ultimately disappear. Most patients see a marked improvement with just one treatment. But typical cases require two to three treatments administered a month apart and full healing can take up to eight weeks.

This means that right now is the perfect time to undergo your first sclerotherapy treatment, assuring you’ll be ready to rock those leg-baring looks when the spring season rolls around. Find out how sclerotherapy can help improve the look and health of your legs by calling Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery at 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation.

Summertime Means Sun, Sand and Spider Veins

Make sure you look great in your summertime sun dresses with spider vein treatment by Parkway Plastic Surgery.

Make sure you look great in your summertime sun dresses with spider vein treatment by Parkway Plastic Surgery.

We’re at the height of the summer season here in Northeast Florida, and you’re no doubt looking to rock that new sultry new swimsuit or sweet sundress. But if you’re not mindful of skincare, you just may see your chic new look go wrong. That’s because exposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays can cause more than sunburn – it also can lead to spider veins.

Sun exposure can weaken the skin’s upper layers, depleting its moisture and diminishing its elasticity. As a result, the skin and the veins just below its surface aren’t able to move and bend normally. When veins are unable to move properly, normal blood flow is impacted. Rather than being pumped back up to the heart, blood simply pools backward, creating spider veins.

Spider veins can develop anywhere on the body, but they’re most commonly associated with the legs, particularly the upper thigh, below the knee joint and around the ankles. They also commonly develop on the face, generally around the nose, cheeks and chin. Besides the sun, other factors that can boost your risk of developing spider veins include:

  • Age: Spider veins can appear at any age, but most commonly begin between the ages of 18 and 35, peaking between 50 and 60.
  • Gender: Sorry, ladies. While men aren’t immune to spider veins, the condition is far more prevalent in women – four to one.
  • Pregnancy: During pregnancy, your hormones are in overdrive and this can weaken vein walls. Also, your blood volume increases dramatically. This puts pressure on your veins and causes their valves to malfunction, which can then cause blood to pool inside the veins. Then, in later stages of pregnancy, your enlarged uterus can press against your veins and cause them to dilate and blood to pool.
  • Occupational and lifestyle choices: If your job forces you to sit or stand for long periods of time, or you’re simply a couch potato at home, the weight of blood continuously pressing against closed valves can cause them to fail.

To avoid varicose veins, maintain a healthy weight, adopt a nutritious diet, exercise regularly and be sun smart. Wear a high SPF sunblock every time you go outside, particularly on your face and legs.

Already seeing signs of spider veins developing on your legs? Parkway Plastic Surgery can help with a procedure called sclerotherapy. This highly effective treatment involves your surgeon injecting a sclerosing agent into your dilated valves, causing them to collapse and ultimately disappear. Call 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation today.