Varicose veins are problematic for two main reasons.
Firstly, they’re unsightly, with a twisted, bulging appearance and a purple/bluish colour. Patients are keen to hide them
Secondly, they can feel very uncomfortable. Patients describe them as heavy or achey. They can also itch, as the skin becomes inflamed.
Massage for Varicose Veins
One remedy that may improve the feel of varicose veins is a simple massage.
Regularly massaging your legs with essential oils can help to reduce the pain and swelling associated with varicose veins, improve circulation and make the skin softer and more hydrated.
The best technique is to carry out a massage sitting up with legs slightly raised (e.g. on a cushion). Warm some massage oil and add a few drops of essential oil – neroli is particularly recommended as it is said to be good for circulation and stimulating new cell growth.
Start at the ankles and work up to the top of the legs using gentle but firm upward strokes. Imagine you are helping the circulation from your legs back up the body. Avoid directly massaging severe varicose veins as it can aggravate them. Be aware of how your body feels. It should take about 5 minutes per leg.
Sadly, massaging varicose veins is for relief of the discomfort and to improve the skin. It is not a cure for the problem.
Varicose Vein Removal
The only really effective way to resolve varicose veins is with surgery. However, that’s not as scary as it sounds. Modern varicose vein surgery is provided in private clinics on a day case basis. There is no general anaesthetic, no hospital stay and patients can walk out of the clinic with the varicose veins gone.
Varicose Vein Treatment
Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer private EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) laser varicose vein removal at their London vein treatment centre with a renowned vascular surgeon with prices starting at £1,650 per leg (1 vein).
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