Bye Bye Varicose Veins

Varicose and spider veins are the superficial veins in the legs which can appear blue or green and sometimes seem to pop up under the skin.

Doctors say there are some new treatments out there that can help.

When Anna Antonakaos was in her twenties, she knew she had her mom's genes and varicose veins.

"You wanna wear even if not short shorts, just a short skirt to your knees, if your legs have all of these, you feel very self conscious," said Antonakos.

Her spider veins disappear with the touch of a needle.

It's called Sclerotherapy.

"Injecting solution inside the vein, which irritates the inner lining of the vein, so that the vein closes and disappears," explains Surgeon Dr. Louis Navarro.

The treatment, which is about 40 injections, costs $500.
Usually it takes a few treatments and patients return in a year or two for maintenance.

Amy Jakubowski was a teenager when she first noticed a varicose vein.
"It's not just that they're ugly, which is probably the number one reason for me. I just want to feel good," said Jakubowski.

She's having a procedure called Endovision and will be followed by a Phlebectomy.

"We passed this little fiber inside of the vein, and with laser energy we just sealed the vein.  With a needle, we make a tiny knit of the skin and with tiny little hooks, we remove the vein," explained Navarro.

It takes about 45 minutes and is done under local anesthesia.

There's no down time, just a little bruising that's gone in a couple of weeks.

Both women say it's worth the commitment and the money.

"When you have all of these marks and everything on your leg, you start to notice how wonderful everybody else's legs are. So hopefully I'll be looking at my legs and saying how wonderful they are for a change," said Jacubowski.