You’re sensitive about your varicose veins, and might take pains to hide them. Perhaps it’s been a long time since you’ve gone bare-legged in shorts or a dress. While your loved ones and friends know you have varicose veins, what if photos of your veined legs were splashed across news media worldwide, complete with tabloid headlines and catty comments? That’s the nightmare some celebrities with varicose veins have experienced. Wearing high heels a great deal of the time can contribute to varicose veins, and that’s exactly the shoe of choice for the glamorous red carpet set.
Approximately half of all women will eventually develop varicose veins, and that’s especially true of mothers. Pop star Britney Spears had varicose vein surgery at age 30 after giving birth to two children. These days, she’s showing off her legs – and voice – at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
Oscar-winning British actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson was quite open about the varicose vein surgery she underwent back in 2006. For years, she wore long skirts in order to hide the unsightly veins on her calves. She proudly showed off her healed, attractive legs at an American film premiere while wearing a short Prada cocktail dress.
Two stars of “Sex and the City” have varicose veins, although only one opted for treatment. Kristin Davis had vein surgery back in 2008, perhaps because tabloids constantly harped about the protruding veins on her legs. Her co-star, Sarah Jessica Parker – whose name is synonymous with high heels – has obvious varicose veins on her legs, but to date has apparently not had surgery. Perhaps Parker can shrug off nasty social media barbs about her legs looking like “a 3-D county road map.”
Former supermodel Janice Dickinson is now in her 60s, and she still looks great. She admits having work done, such as regular Botox injections. However, it does not seem that cosmetic surgery extends to her legs, since bulging veins are noteworthy in photos. Maybe she’s just not “vein” when it comes to that part of her anatomy.
For most people, varicose veins are unattractive rather than dangerous. That was not the case with tennis great Serena Williams, who underwent surgery in 2011 to remove a potentially life-threatening pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in her leg vein that could travel to her lungs. Just a year after her surgery, she won two Wimbledon victories in one day.
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