Varicose veins (aka varices) are enlarged purple or blue veins that often develop during pregnancy.

Katy Perry Shares Fun Quip on Varicose Veins

Katy Perry, the multi-talented singer who has recently publicly announced her first pregnancy, had something to say about her new varices. Via Perry’s Twitter, she bantered, “I like to think that varicose veins are just tiny lightning bolts of power thundering under your skin.” Staying positive about these veins is the right thing to do, especially when treatment for them has never been easier. 

Varicose Veins Are Usually a Cosmetic Issue, But They Can Cause You Pain

Some people may only regard their varices as a cosmetic annoyance, but others experience a lot of pain and discomfort because of them. These veins frequently develop in the legs, which is where they can cause an individual to experience cramping, pain and a feeling of heaviness.

Varicose Veins Are Easy to Treat

Today, varices are much easier to treat. At Schulman Vein and Laser Center in Long Island, New York, Dr. Martin Schulman and Dr. Lee Schulman perform several minimally invasive procedures to address varices. However, women who are pregnant must wait until their baby is born to seek treatment. There are some at-home remedies that can provide pregnant women with temporary relief from the symptoms associated with varices.

Although exercising regularly during pregnancy can promote better circulation in the legs to prevent the development of these veins and reduce the pain associated with them, this pain relief is only temporary. The only way to eliminate varices for good is with a minimally invasive varicose vein procedure.

Professional vein treatment during pregnancy is not recommended however, pregnant women can try the remedies listed below:

  • Exercise regularly. 
  • Wear flats instead of pumps or heels.
  • Sleep on your left side.
  • Wear stockings or thigh-high socks to support the legs.
  • Change positions frequently especially if working at a desk.
  • Limit salt intake.

Typical Vein Procedures to Do After Your Pregnancy

  • Sclerotherapy or Foam Sclerotherapy

During this minimally invasive procedure, the doctor injects a solution into the varicose vein. This solution makes the vein close and then collapse. As time passes, the collapsed vein is absorbed by the body.

  • Laser Treatment

While sclerotherapy does cause less scarring than a laser treatment does, this vein treatment is less invasive on the skin. Lasers are used to shoot a bright light into the vein. The heat from the laser causes the vein to collapse. The treated vein may look dark during recovery but it will fade away rather quickly following surgery.

Schulman Vein’s Exceptional Practice in Long Island

At Schulman Vein and Laser Center in Long Island, New York, patients receive high quality treatment from vein doctors with more than 50 years of experience, collectively. Dr. Martin L. Schulman and Dr. Lee G. Schulman are dedicated to providing treatment for venous conditions and diseases. They tailor each treatment to the patient, which ensures that every patient receives the best possible vein treatment results.

Dr. Martin Schulman and Dr. Lee Schulman are internationally known phlebologists who can help you get your varices treated quickly and safely, giving you the beautiful, healthy looking skin, you desire. Contact us today and schedule an appointment to come meet our vein physicians in Long Island, NY