Between filming an earlobe reduction surgery and announcing some pregnancies, Keeping Up With the Kardashians isn’t holding much back this season. Case in point: A recent episode had Kris Jenner recommending to daughter Khloé Kardashian to fix her varicose veins—saying the procedure “really hurts, but really works.”
As Beverly Hills, CA dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD says (she’s also the doc Jenner recommends Khloé goes to), the treatment referred to—sclerotherapy—is a tried-and-true procedure where the solution is injected into either spider veins or varicose veins in the legs and thighs to eliminate them. “There are several choices for the fluid that is injected: One is a hypertonic saline, which is a concentrated solution of salt,” she explains. “The other option is an FDA-approved product called Sclera.”
Dr. Shamban says, in general, the use of a sclerosant for leg veins is the preferred choice over laser treatment. “Depending on the number of veins, anywhere from one to three treatments may be indicated. As it takes time for the vessels to close down, the treatment interval should be no closer than eight weeks. There is increased risk of the formation of tiny new blood vessels in women who are taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy.”
While Jenner wasn’t so positive in her review of the pain factor, this is one treatment that can be done fairly quickly with little-to-no side effects.
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