Varicose veins

Reporter: Francesca belperio

They're often painful and almost always unsightly .. ask anyone with varicose veins. People with a family history, people who are slightly overweight, people who work in occupations where they're standing for long periods of time without support or compression and definitely those people who've got a family history.

Up to 40 per cent of the population - women and men - experience leg veins. But now the latest in cosmetic treatments can zap them away for good. And all in your lunchbreak. Adelaide car salesman Martin Humpel has had the blueish veins since his late teens. He's had them surgically removed before but they grew back. Now 50, he decided to try a new cosmetic procedure called ultrasound guided sclerotherapy.

Like so many women, adelaide grandmother Janet Grove found her varicose veins worsened after pregnancy with age they became larger and more painful. Doctor Lisa Marks from adelaide plastic surgery associates specialises in treating varicose veins. She says depending on the size and severity of the veins, most patients don't have to go under the knife to get results. "the treatments are done as a walk in walk out procedure with only local anesthetic and people need to go for a people need to go for a short walk after their treatment but then they can return to their normal activities."

Today she's performing laser therapy the same procedure janet had. It's the latest in new age procedures and uses heat to fuse the veins together and make them less visible. Sclerotherapy works a little differently.... by injecting the vein with a liquid formula, it causes them to stick together and smoothes out the skin.Both treatments will set you back between $350 to $1000 per session, depending on each case. But martin and janet say it's money well-spent If it means being able to bare their legs and not have to bear the pain.