I'm a member of CafeMom and an employee of a medical device company that specializes in the treatment of varicose veins. Endovenous laser treatment is a minimally-invasive method of treating your varicose veins. Check out www.venacure-evlt.com for information on all of your treatment options and comparisons of surgery, radiofrequency ablation, laser ablation, sclerotherapy, and conservative therapies such as compression.
I also have some serious spider veins that got much worse when I was pregnant, and I have a varicose vein forming on my pelvis since pregnancy. Chronic venous insufficiency runs in my family, and I expect my veins will get worse over time. I've just started wearing compression stockings when I fly, and they help quite a bit - it's much more comfortable to sit on the plane wearing them.
Whatever you choose, good luck!!!
at 11:51 AM on Feb. 2, 2010