The Truth about Varicose Veins

Posted on August 8, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko

Varicose veins are enlarged veins caused by increased pressure to the lower body, and they can be a major cosmetic concern.  

What can I do to prevent varicose veins? 

Lifestyle factors play a huge role in the prevention of varicose veins.  Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and avoiding sitting or standing for extended periods of time are all important preventative measures.  If you have a desk job, make sure to take frequent breaks to stretch your legs.

What exercises should I do to maintain healthy veins?

Low-impact cardio exercises that improve calf blood flow are the best.  These include walking and using stationary bikes and elliptical machines.  Running can also be a good choice, but always make sure to run on a grassy surface or a synthetic track to minimize impact on the joints.

Which exercises can make varicose veins worse?

Sit-ups, crunches, and lunges can make varicose veins worse.  Additionally, lifting weights can put a strain on venous circulation.  If you have varicose veins, talk to your doctor about whether you should avoid these activities.  If you do choose to include them in your workout routine, please try doing these exercises for a shorter amount of time and adding some aerobic activity, as well.

I already have varicose veins. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them?

Fortunately, there are some excellent treatment options available for people who suffer from varicose veins. In laser vein therapy, a laser is used to stop blood flow to varicose veins and redirect it to the healthy ones.  This procedure has minimal downtime and few side effects.

Sclerotherapy is another treatment option.  With this procedure, a special solution is repeatedly injected into the vein. Eventually, the body will absorb the varicose vein. Patients are typically able to return to work the day after having a sclerotherapy treatment.

Which treatment option is best for me?

Both sclerotherapy and laser vein therapy are great treatment options.  At Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles, vein therapy is our specialty.  Please contact us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at for a complimentary consultation.