With warmer weather rapidly approaching, two words come to mind that may either excite or, unfortunately scare many of us: “swimsuit season”. Varicose and spider veins not only look unattractive, but also cause common discomforts that include burning, itching, cramping and swelling. Ultimately, the most effective way to eradicate varicose and spider veins is via minimally invasive procedures. At VEINatlanta, all procedures are performed in the office under local anesthesia, and normal activities can be resumed the next day. Also, procedures are covered by insurance. Regardless of whether you come in for treatment, here are a few lifestyle tips that may help alleviate and even prevent chronic venous insufficiency:

  1. Walk the dog. Walking and other mild cardiovascular exercise helps to improve blood flow in the legs. We recommend that patients walk every day after treatment.
  2. Eat healthier. Obesity is a common risk factor. Excess weight puts more pressure on your veins and causes them to dilate.
  3. Treat yourself to a pedicure. Propping your legs up can also help alleviate pressure.
  4. Channel your inner fashionista. Compression stockings will alleviate pressure and help improve blood flow. And no, they’re not just for grandmothers. We use medical-grade compression stockings that are available in different styles, colors and patterns. We recommend 20-30mmHg for patients with visible veins on their legs. Popular style options include thigh-high, calf-high and pantyhose, all of which are available in both open and closed toe. These fashionable stockings are also available in either sheer or opaque (model is wearing black opaque). Leggings are also a great option. Purchase compression stockings from a supplier that will measure you- and also offer a variety of different brands from which to choose.