There are tons of do-it-yourself treatments found around the internet that are supposed to reduce your spider veins and varicose veins.

These at-home remedies don’t cut it, which is why we invite you to come by our laser clinic to learn more about the professional procedures we provide that, unlike these self-prescribed tactics — have proven results.

At Baywood Laser & Cosmetic Clinic, we offer sclerotherapy, a treatment to reduce your spider veins and smaller varicose veins.

Spider veins are dilated capillaries on the skin that appear as red and blue lines that resemble spider legs— hence the name. Varicose veins, on the other hand, are veins that are large, bulbous and appear twisted underneath the skin.

Both of these veins are a result of a comprised venous system. While there are factors that can contribute to the appearance of these veins, they typically don’t have any major root causes — which can make them that much more irritating.

They are mostly cosmetic and don’t often have any serious health concerns attached to them — but that being said, these veins can make people insecure and self-conscious about their appearance.

The thing about using at-home remedies to treat these veins is that these “remedies” aren’t supervised by a professional, and the advice you’re getting — from a friend or the internet — is not coming from an experienced, educated professional.

These at-home remedies don’t have any proven results, which is why it’s worth considering the sclerotherapy services that we offer, alongside other professional vein treatments that are proven to be effective.

If there is something on your body you want to remove or reduce, it’s best to consult an expert practitioner who is licenced and has the knowledge to give you educated advice. Of course, there are some habits you can avoid to help reduce the appearance of your veins — but this needs to be done alongside other measures.

Wondering why your at-home remedies aren’t reducing your spider veins or varicose veins? Here are the main reasons why your DIY tactics just aren’t cutting it:

Apple Cider Vinegar: You Can’t Use It for Everything (Sorry)

Apple cider vinegar is widely regarded as a solution for just about everything — a rash, break out, you name it. Some believe that apple cider vinegar can help reduce the appearance of your spider veins because it can help increase your circulation.

The thing is, there is no proof suggesting that apple cider vinegar has any impact on the appearance of spider veins. That being said, applying it to your veins isn’t harmful — you will just smell like a salad after.

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Herbal Supplements & Essential Oils: Natural Doesn’t Mean Safe

There are two types of natural properties that people tend to use thinking they will treat their spider and varicose veins; these are herbal supplements and essential oils.

Herbal Supplements:  The thing is, no studies have shown any herbal supplements to be effective in treating varicose or spider veins.

While these supplements may reduce aches and swelling in the general areas, they provide no promise for vein improvement.

Common herbal supplements that people use with hope to reduce their spider veins include:

  • Horse chestnut
  • Ginko biloba
  • Sweet clover
  • Witch hazel
  • Bitcher’s broom

Truth be told, many assume these supplements work because they are natural — but natural doesn’t always mean safe. These supplements can have negative impacts on one’s health when they interact with over-the-counter and prescription medication.

Essential Oils

According to Healthline, there is no scientific research proving that the use of essential oils can reduce your spider or varicose veins.

The concept behind using essential oils as an at-home treatment is that they can reduce swelling, increase circulation and help alleviate any pain. Especially because some of these oils have anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties, they are thought to reduce unsightly varicose veins.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ultimately classifies these oils as “safe,” but doesn’t regulate any of them for use for spider vein or varicose vein treatment:

·       Rose
·       Sage
·       Clary Sage
·       Lemon
·       Grapefruit
·       Helichrysum
·       Lemongrass
·       Orange
·       Cypress
·       Tangerine
·       Ginger
·       Myrrh
·       Chamomile
·       Frankincense
·       Peppermint
·       Spearmint
·       Vetiver

Not only are these essential oils not proven to be effective, but they can also damage your health. Like supplements, they can negatively interact with other medications.

According to Medical News Today, the use of grape seed extract can conflict with blood thinning medication as it heightens the risk of bleeding.

Get Professional Spider Vein & Varicose Vein Treatment in Toronto

Baywood Laser & Cosmetic Clinic provides a variety of services, including treatments to reduce your spider and varicose veins. Specifically, we‘ve provided sclerotherapy and EVLT to help treat veins since our inception in 2001.

Be sure to get in touch with us anytime to book a consultation and get all of your questions about sclerotherapy, EVLT, veins and more answered. We work with you to identify the service that will best suit your personal needs.

Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy is a laser procedure that treats spider veins and smaller varicose veins. When you visit our clinic, you can rest easy knowing that we use state-of-the-art lasers for our treatments that are personally performed by our board-certified physicians.

The procedure isn’t invasive in the slightest; all it involves is the simple injection of a sclerosing solution that helps your veins shrink, disappear and collapse to reduce their appearance. Sclerotherapy usually just takes about 30 minutes and has no recovery time associated.

EVLT: EndoVenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is the primary treatment used to reduce varicose veins. The safe laser treatment consists of placing a laser fiber inside the vein to seal it. EVLT also effectively reduces associated symptoms including itches, aches, swelling and pains.

The minimally invasive procedure has a 98% success rate in reducing the appearance of varicose veins as well as associated pains. The best part? It only takes about 45 minutes.

We are happy to offer sclerotherapy, EVLT treatment and more in downtown Toronto. Get in touch today to learn about what our clinic can do for you!