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Get your legs looking sweet for summer! Though generally harmless, spider veins can cause some to want to cover their legs up, even in the heat. Treating spider veins is rarely a medical necessity, but for those who want treatment for cosmetic reasons, spider vein-free skin is just a zap away. No one knows why some people develop spider veins and others don’t, but genetics, the hormone estrogen and possibly the hormone progesterone are thought to play a role. Spider veins appear more frequently in women than in men, and are particularly common in pregnant women and those taking oral contraceptives or hormone-replacement therapy. Getting rid of spider veins is safe and easy. Sclerotherapy, the gold-standard treatment for larger spider veins, involves injecting a saline solution or detergent into the veins, causing them to clump together or clot and become less apparent. “Anybody who has veins they don’t like is a good candidate (for sclerotherapy) because it’s an incredibly safe, easy procedure,” says Dr. Heather Jefferies, of Koru Clinic in Cashmere. In some cases, several injections are required. The procedure feels like a tiny needle stick, and most people usually get through it with little difficulty. Dr Jefferies

particularly recommends treatment for people with a family history of problem veins who are showing signs relatively early - for example, those who have multiple patches of spider veins by their early 20s. There is a strong chance - up to 90 percent - of greatly improved appearance after sclerotherapy, and results last for two years on average. After that, genetics or whatever other factors caused the veins to appear in the first place tend to take over, and maintenance treatment may be required to keep the skin vein-free. Laser treatment can also eliminate spider veins, particularly the smaller veins that are too small for sclerotherapy. Dr Jefferies often uses a combination of sclerotherapy and lasers: sclerotherapy for the“Your largerface veinsisand a laser to get rid of the unique. finer veins. Clinic uses the Alma LP Trust yourKoru injectable laserwrinkle head fortreatments treating spider veins. Don’t into spider-vein treatment: to jump an experienced Find a doctor Physician” who is qualified and Cosmetic experienced in the procedures. If you have Medical Director varicose veins, these treatments may not Dr Heather Jefferies be suitable for you. And be sure to talk with your doctor about your expectations, because treatment results will vary depending on your age and the size of the spider veins. Pain free laser

skin rejuvenation “Your face is unique. Trust your injectable wrinkle Facial assessments treatments to an experienced Cosmetic Physician.” Injectable wrinkle treatments - Medical Director, Dr Heather Jefferies

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