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Blue Sky Dreaming

Posted 17 January 2019
Dr Joanna Lovatt - Legs raised in the air

Today the majority of us will be surrounded by a myriad of smart devices which can tell us everything from the day of the week to the best way of making pasta and when it’s time to order more loo roll. However if Alexa and friends ever take a holiday, you can at least rely on a more low-tech solution to tell you the time of year – adverts.

Ads are great at helping you keep control of your calendar and right now they are reminding you to book a summer holiday. Yes, sofa season is over and it’s time to plan an exciting get-away or two. But as you dream of blue skies, don’t forget to get your body ready.

Whether you fancy relaxing by the pool, sailing on the Med or climbing in the country, the chances are you’ll be covering up less and swim-suiting or vest-topping more. If you love your holiday body, then your break will likely be far more relaxing, so is now is the time to book a treatment as well as a ticket?

The bane of many people’s holiday lives, or rather legs, are thread veins. These fine red lines are dilated veins that lie just below the surface of the skin – making us feel awkward, aging us and generally getting in the way of beautiful holiday photos.

Thread veins are not dangerous, but they can put a big dent in our confidence. If you want to reduce your chance of developing more (or any) thread veins, some simple steps can help.

Firstly, lose weight and exercise regularly. Carrying extra weight puts more pressure on your leg veins, making them more susceptible to damage. Regular exercise however can improve circulation and strengthen them, especially if you include running or walking in your routine.

Sun damage can also be problematic as thins the skin and makes our veins more visible. Wearing sun cream with a suitable SPF and UV protection will help reduce this damage.

Finally, where possible avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time and elevate your legs when you rest. These will all help your blood to keep flowing happily. Helping to prevent future vein damage is probably only half of the problem though.

If you are already struggling with the sight of spider veins, there is another plan available to save your holiday legs. Microsclerotherapy is a treatment with a long name and an excellent pedigree. It seals damaged veins so no blood can flow through, eventually destroying them and leaving them much less noticeable or even invisible. Incredibly microsclerotherapy is relatively pain free and requires only minimal down time, you can even walk and drive straight after treatment.

It does however leave you with compression stockings and some bruising for a while - waiting until the week before your holiday is not a good idea. For lovely legs, preparation is key.

Summer bodies are made in winter so now is the time to take action.

Contact me by phoning 01722 632633 or 07493 520517 to arrange a free consultation and begin planning your beautiful holiday body as you dream of blue skies.

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