5 celebrities that battled varicose veins


5 celebrities that battled varicose veins

March 24, 2015


Carrie Underwood’s legs have their own Facebook page. Former World Wrestling Federation diva Stacy Keibler’s legs earned her the title: “Weapon of Mass Seduction.” Jennifer Lawrence’s seemingly endless pins and Beyonce’s super-toned gams help them land at the top of today’s hot lists.

Hollywood celebrities and stars understand the power of gorgeous legs; but there are plenty who have also battled what 50 percent of American women endure as well – varicose veins.

“I think it’s less about saying a star’s legs don’t look appealing and more a reminder that vein disease doesn’t discriminate,” added world-renowned Scottsdale, Ariz.-based phlebologist, Nick Morrison, MD.

Here are five stars whose varicose veins caught public attention.

Britney Spears
Charting hits as a teen is impressive, but forever produces a youthful image in the minds of American audiences. Unfortunately, fans and the press can be very unforgiving when it comes to a teen star aging – even after she has given birth to two children like Britney has. The pop star sought treatment for varicose veins in 2012.

Kristin Davis
The “Sex and the City” star became tabloid fodder when cameras spotted flaws in her once-admired legs. In 2008, the Emmy Award nominee opted for vein treatments to help her legs look young again.

“The great thing about treatments today is that down time is so minimal in comparison to the days of painful vein stripping. Stars can get back to looking great again and feeling better in the process of vein treatments.” Dr. Morrison added.

Janice Dickinson
Considered one of the first supermodels ever, the outspoken former “America’s Next Top Model” judge looks nowhere near her 60 years.

Dickinson has made plenty of plastic surgery admissions through the years, even once telling ABC News she gets Botox injections every six months. The candid beauty’s varicose veins have also been spotted by the paparazzi lens, but seem to be less of a talking point for her.

Emma Thompson
In 2006, the star underwent vein surgery to remove varicosities. Now, well into her 50s, the Love Actually and Sense and Sensibility star isn’t afraid to show off her legs with above-the-knee Prada dresses and other stylish outfits.

Serena Williams
Williams’ powerful legs have earned her millions on the tennis court and through endorsements. But she shocked the world in 2011 when a pulmonary embolism, a deep vein blood clot that travels to the lungs, gave her a serious health scare.

A pulmonary embolism is life threatening, and its precursor, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), was also found in television personality, Regis Philbin. About 600,000 Americans are diagnosed annually with DVT.

“It’s big news when a young, athletic woman in such great shape battles vein disease,” said Morrison. “Stories like this highlight the importance of a vein checkup.”

For more information about the latest treatments for your varicose veins or to schedule a complimentary vein checkup, visit www.morrisonvein.com or call 480-860-6455 or email the Morrison Vein Institute at info@morrisonvein.com. For a self-check online, take the new #vFree (vein disease free) Questionnaire.

Nick Morrison, MD, has been a world-renowned leader in the phlebology field for more than 19 years. In the last 15 years, other vein doctors, nurses and ultrasound techs have sought him out to learn about his advanced cutting-edge treatment techniques. Morrison is past president of the American College of Phlebology, ACP Fellow, President-elect of the world vein organization, International Union of Phlebology and a member of the American Venous Forum.

He has performed several thousand endovenous ablation procedures and more than 60,000 ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy injections during his 20-year phlebology career.