Why Having My Varicose Vein Removed Was The Best Decision I've Made

Veins are an embarrassing beauty problem that, at least for me, led to low self-esteem from a young age. Bulging leg veins are just plain unsightly—if we’re being blunt—and there’s an association between them and the elderly which was confusing for a 13-year-old in middle school to navigate when wanting to showcase bare legs—like an un-self-conscious kid (or anyone) should be able to do.

However, the happy ending to this story is that I eventually had my varicose vein literally removed—not lasered or shrunk, but surgically extracted from my body, through an amazing procedure called a phlebectomy, and it was the best decision I have ever made. If you have varicose veins that you’ve considered treating but aren’t sure how to go about it, or what it’s really like to get them removed, read on for my personal experience with the process!