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During winter and early spring most Chicagoans participate in less outdoor activities than during the warmer months. This diminished activity can increase the prominence of unsightly leg veins. If reticular and spider veins are lining your legs, you may be searching for the most efficient way to eliminate them. Staying active, even in the cooler months, is essential to keeping veins from worsening.

Although there are several treatment options available at The Whole Beauty® Institute that can help reduce the leg veins you already have, more important is your prevention of veins from arising in the future. To keep your veins at bay, you may want to adopt a few of these tips.

Exercising Daily

We’ve mentioned how important physical activity can be when combating leg veins, and it’s true that the more you exercise, the better your blood flow will become. Good circulation is important because it keeps blood moving in and out of your veins as opposed to pooling in the veins and their valves, which can contribute to the development of varicosities.

Exercises like running, cycling and swimming are great ways to get the blood pumping. You may even lose weight, which will have its own benefits.

Changing Your Habits

Many of us cross our legs without a second thought, or sit with our legs dangling for hours at work, or stand in one position without moving our legs, depending on our occupations. These habits won’t create reticular or spider veins, but they will provide the environment for them to form since they place pressure on your veins. It’s important to be mindful of these behaviors and stop them in their tracks.

Take breaks from sitting by standing up and walking around or take a break from standing in one position by contacting your calf muscles or taking a short walking break. Changing your habits also includes everyday actions that could affect blood flow. Choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator, for instance, is a small step you can take to promoting healthier veins.

Trying a New Diet

Eating the proper foods may help slow down the progression of your leg veins and prevent new ones from forming. Foods containing vitamins C and E are essential for keeping your veins strong and promoting healthy blood flow.

Other foods that contain bioflavonoids, such as leafy greens, onions, and berries, will maintain vein health and are good for your general health.

Seeking Treatment

After you’ve put preventative measures into practice, it’s time to receive treatment designed to remove unhealthy veins from your legs.

Our team at The Whole Beauty® Institute uses the 1064 wavelength laser to reduce veins that are smaller than 4 millimeters in width. This wavelength of light is attracted to the pigment in red blood cells and causes the vein to close down.

We also perform sclerotherapy, which uses a fine needle to inject a solution called sotradecol into the vein. Sotradecol irritates the vein wall, causing it to collapse upon itself. The pooling blood will redirect itself into a healthier vein while your body absorbs the remainder of the vein lining.

Schedule a Consultation

Laser leg vein treatment and sclerotherapy are minimally invasive therapies that have been very helpful to our patients. During a consultation we can determine whether these procedures are right for you. If you would like more information about the ways you can keep veins at bay, or to learn about your options with sclerotherapy, contact The Whole Beauty® Institute at (312) 751-2112 and schedule a consultation.