Mommy makeovers get leggy

More mothers looking to varicose vein treatments as a part of their rejuvenated look

Motherhood, without doubt, brings an immense amount of joy, unimaginable solace and everlasting bliss; yet it comes with a price. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 60 percent of mothers look to plastic surgery to bring their pre-baby figures back. These efforts are often referred to as "Mommy

Makeovers," where women most commonly seek out tummy tucks and breast augmentation (or lifts) to bring back that younger look. But many moms are also looking to varicose vein treatments as a part of their Mommy Makeover experience.

"When some women have children, their veins can be affected. Varicosities can start to develop during pregnancy and get worse after childbirth," explained Dr. Nick Morrison, a Phoenix-based phlebologist and founder of the Morrison Vein Institute. "When it comes to a Mommy Makeover, they start to realize this procedure is as important a cosmetic detail as a tummy tuck or breast enhancement."

Pregnancy and your veins

For the roughly 20 million women with varicose veins, many are genetically predisposed. They are born with faulty vein valves that eventually fail and allow the blood to flow back down the leg instead of up toward the heart, as it should. This causes blood pooling and unsightly varicose veins. During pregnancy, as the uterus grows, pressure on the vena cava (the large vein on the right side of the body) also increases pressure on the leg veins. The added pressure on the venous system during pregnancy only increases a woman's chances of getting varicose veins.

"The great news is that there are surgical and non-surgical treatments that can help bring back healthy-looking legs. And it's a much shorter recovery time than a tummy tuck or breast surgery," Morrison added.

Dr. Nick Morrison, a Phoenix-based phlebologist and founder of Morrison Vein Institute. (Photo: Morrison Vein)


Regain confidence with minimal pain

Part of the reason vein treatments are now becoming popular for Mommy Makeovers is the relatively quick recovery and the minimal pain associated with the procedures.

Painful vein stripping is a thing of the past. Instead, there are treatments like Endovenous Laser Ablation, or EVTA. This procedure uses Duplex ultrasound technology to guide a thin laser fiber that delivers pulsed heat to the diseased vein wall. This causes the vein to close and eliminates venous reflux at its source. EVTA brings little downtime for patients and only requires local anesthesia. And there's also little to no scarring. Sclerotherapy also uses Duplex ultrasound to guide foam injections into larger vein abnormalities to the exact location of the venous reflux, closing off the vein and allowing the deeper venous systems to take over the blood flow. This effective treatment also requires little downtime and no anesthesia.

Feel-good factor, precautions

Many moms are surprised to learn how light and ache-free their legs feel after treatment, Morrison added. But the vein specialist also likes to have a candid conversation about the patient's overall health goals before vein treatment, especially if the procedure is part of a Mommy Makeover.

"We ask questions about the other procedures a person is having done," he added. "Even with the great technology that's out there, having many procedures in small time window can slow down healing. We like to make sure the body is well-rested and capable of healing before we start treatment."

For more information about the latest treatments for your varicose veins or to schedule a vein checkup, visit Morrison Vein, call 480-860-6455 or email the Morrison Vein Institute at