Although we might feel like winter will never end at the moment, did you know that now is the best time to start prepping for the leg-baring summer season? Many pin-perfecting treatments may require more than one session or involve a certain amount of downtime.
One recent large-scale survey found that almost half of all British women hate their legs and are reluctant to expose their legs when the weather gets warmer, whether that’s due to cellulite, varicose veins or excess fat. Here’s our top to toe guide to achieving alluring legs:
#1 How to treat unsightly broken or bulging veins
Varicose veins and spider veins often run in families so if your mum or grandma had them, it’s likely you will as well. For some, varicose veins can cause a great deal of discomfort and, for an unlucky few, they can become a serious health problem, but even if you’re not suffering from tired, achy legs or muscle cramping, they are a common cosmetic concern.
Karidis Clinic recommendation: many women – and men – don’t realise that there are varicose vein treatments available that are highly effective and minimally invasive. Our vein expert Mr David Greenstein offers endovenous laser ablation and infra-red guided sclerotherapy for the treatment of varicose veins; his technical rate for varicose vein reduction is 99% and he achieves very high patient satisfaction.
#2 How to treat dreaded dimples:
Despite the fact that most men supposedly don’t notice cellulite, women still spend millions – even billions – a year worldwide in the pursuit of smooth, bump-free thighs. But the sad truth is that most cellulite treatments fail to deliver on their promise. There are a number of lifestyle changes you can adopt in the fight against cellulite, such as quitting smoking, exercising more, drinking less and putting a stop to binge eating, all of which contribute to a toxic build-up in the fatty tissues of our thighs. Adopting these healthier habits can improve the appearance of cellulite slightly, but is there an effective cellulite treatment?
Karidis Clinic recommendation: Body Ballancer is a compression therapy system that gently stimulates lymphatic drainage. It can improve the appearance of cellulite by slimming and firming the skin, reducing fluid retention and boosting circulation, bringing healthy oxygenated blood to the thighs.
#3 How to treat thick thighs
Excess fat on the thighs is a common complaint for women. Inner thigh fat and saddlebags on the outer thigh area can even affect what clothes you feel comfortable wearing and it can be challenging to target with exercise or diet alone. Liposuction is a highly effective surgical procedure for eradicating stubborn pockets of fat, but there’s also a permanent, minimally invasive treatment available.
Karidis Clinic recommendation: CoolSculpting was developed when scientists discovered they could target fat cells with controlled cooling, permanently eradicating them without causing any damage to the skin or surrounding tissue.
Patients can expect a 20% to 25% reduction in fatty tissue in the treated area so you may wish to undergo a number of sessions to achieve your desired body contour, which is why now is the perfect time to begin your thigh reduction treatment.
#4 How to treat saggy knees
Just like the skin on your face, the skin on your knees – and elbows – tends to sag as you get older and are a big age giveaway for even very slim and toned women. Moisturising or exfoliating can help improve skin texture, but it won’t tighten skin, so Karidis Clinic cosmetic surgeon Mr Mark Ho-Asjoe looked to a popular facial anti-ageing procedure as a way to treat loss of skin elasticity on the body.
Karidis Clinic recommendation: Facial threads have been used successfully for many years to reverse skin sagging, by both providing an instant lift and also stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, the naturally-occurring components that give skin its structure and elasticity. Following the same process, Mr Mark Ho-Asjoe uses body threads to tackle sagging skin on the elbows, stomach and knees.
#5 How to treat chunky calves
Women with overly large, muscular calves often feel that their lower limbs are out of proportion to the rest of their legs or make them seem less feminine. You might think that this is just something you have to live with, but there’s actually a very quick and easy procedure to reduce the prominence and size of the calf muscle, without the need for surgery, scarring or downtime.
Karidis Clinic recommendation: Non-surgical calf reduction can be achieved by using muscle relaxing injections commonly used to smooth away facial frown lines. It works by restricting the activity of the muscle, causing them to become inactive over time. When injected into the calf, the muscles start shrinking and become smaller and smoother. Normal function is not affected in any way and you can carry on with all your regular activities.
If you would like any more information on our leg-perfecting treatments, call us on 020 7432 8727 to arrange a consultation. We can also tell you a bit more about our February CoolSculpting offer. We’re offering each CoolSculpting cycle at £450 (usual price starts at £600) for thigh reduction or to treat any other areas of stubborn fat.