Veins & Valentines

Valentine’s Day is over and all the diamonds, roses, chocolates and Valentine cards have been given. Whether you were flooded with love or drowned in sorrow for the day, there is still time to fall in love with yourself and look your best.
If you are suffering from painful or unsightly varicose or spider veins, there are several treatment options available. To keep spider veins or varicose veins from getting worse, refrain from:

  • Extended periods of standing
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Gaining excessive amounts of weight
  • Inactivity–DO try to perform exercises that improve leg strength
  • Crossing legs for extended periods

These simple lifestyle changes help prevent varicose veins from getting worse along with elevating the legs when resting or sleeping. For further support, you may choose to wear compression stockings which place pressure on the legs to increase the bloodflow to the heart.
If trying these lifestyle changes hasn’t done anything to improve the appearance or pain caused by your veins, there are other treatment options available. While some doctors may tell you vein stripping is the way to go, this procedure is invasive and has a recovery time of 3-6 weeks. This procedure involves your doctor removing your veins through a series of incisions.
Luckily, for today’s varicose vein sufferers, there is a better way. Using only local anesthetic, Dr. Jensen can perform a minimally invasive procedure known as endovenous ablation in which he uses radio frequency to painlessly cauterize and close varicose veins. In short, Dr. Jensen can have you loving your body again in no time. Even though Valentine’s day has come and gone, the gift of loving yourself lasts throughout the year.
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