So I know I am over reacting, but since my early 20’s I have notices the small veins starting to appear. I am often self conscious of them and wish they were gone. I know they aren’t that bad, but I see my mom and how she has had a problem with them. I have heard it is genetic and often inevitable that they will come. My mom and I have both talked about maybe eventually getting something done together, but I have no idea how much it would cost or if it is even worth it now.
Have any of you younger brides had any issues like mine? Did you do anything about it or did you just accept yourself?
I’ve had them since I hit puberty – just tiny little ones on my thighs, not really noticeable. But as I got older, I got more and more, they got bigger and bigger – and yeah, I finally had sclerotherapy in the spring and I don’t regret it at all! It did make them all disappear at first, but after about three months, some new ones started. I was warned about this and told that usually when you have spider veins, you have spider veins. It’s really rare that they’ll go away and you’ll never have any more. So, sclerotherapy is in my future for who knows how long but it’s worth it. I finally wore shorts and mini’s again this summer!
Oh, and even though some came back – there were nothing like they were before the sclero, they do take a while to get bad again. I paid $300 for mine (insurance wouldn’t cover it) but afterwards, found a ton of places that actually did it for less. Either way, I would go to a reputable place – I had mine done at my dermatologist’s office, but a coworker went to Vein Centers of America (they have locations all over) and loved them too.
I’m 25 and also have had these stupid spider veins since I hit puberty. All up and down my thighs mostly some on my falves. Totally sucks. I’ve never done anything about it-they would just come bacvk and although laylabelle has a good point…just not sure it’s worth the money. I’ve just accepted it as a fact. At least it’s not vericose veins!
I don’t have them yet, but if they’re genetic, I’ll get them pretty bad. I can’t afford to do anything about it. Don’t worry, people aren’t looking at your legs as closely as you are! I’m covered in scars from poison ivy, but people don’t actually notice them, even though they are HUGE patches without any pigment…hm.
i have some small ones on my thighs around the knees. I also have a big round one on my mid-thigh that I’ve had seen I slid into 3rd base playing softball in highscool! Most people think it is a bruise. I had an appointment to get them removed and the lady quit the day before at the derma that I go to. So now I have to wait for them to hire a new person.
@bluebutterfly It’s called Sclerotherapy, where they inject a saline solution into the veins that dissolves them. It’s pretty cool to watch, actually. They kind of just dissolve right then, following along the trail of the vein. They inject each vein, or a large one in a cluster. They did both of my thighs, front and back (the back was apparently HORRIBLE, I had no idea, not being able to see it, but the derm said that it was way worse than the front which was already bad… ack!). The needles themselves don’t hurt, some kind of pinch, some kind of itch, some I didn’t feel at all.
The worst part is that you have to wear compression stockings or wrap your legs in ace bandages for a good week afterwards. Some places don’t make you do this – but of the people I know that have had sclero and DID wrap, they had better results than those I know that didn’t wrap. You will also bruise – badly, and it will be sore for a day or too but nothing horrible. It will just look worse before it looks better. You can really tell a difference after a month, and then even more so after another month. I recommend getting it done in the winter. And like I said, some places charge less. I found out I had a vascular problem in one leg (unrelated to the spider veins) and went to a vascular doctor, and they do sclero for $150. I was pretty bummed, but at least I know that for next time. And there will be a next time – if you’re genetically predisposed to these things, you’re going to get them either way. But you can fight it, if you want. I plan on fighting, it just makes me feel better.
My mom and other family members have them. My mom has been getting sclerotherapy done for 10-15 years. I’m 23 and went in for my first treatment a few months before my wedding. I don’t have a huge amount yet, but just wanted to feel a bit better about my legs for my wedding. Where my mom and I go it usually costs $200, but they were running a $100 special when I went.
Honestly I was a bit disappointed by it. I felt like I didn’t have very many spider veins so most, if not all, should have gone away, but I’d say only about 50% disappeared. I may consider doing it again once my legs get worse (and I have more money for it), but I’m done for now. If you do decide to try it just make sure to go no closer than a couple weeks in advance of your wedding since you will bruise afterwards.
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