TV's Julia Bradbury, 47, reveals the miracle jab which makes her varicose veins disappear… but it's not cheap

The 47-year-old former Countryfile, who recently posed naked for a plastic campaign, presenter first developed the "ugly" varicose veins during pregnancy – when she had high blood pressure.

But the mum-of-three has had thread veins since her 20s – and says she inherited them from her dad.

Julia, who has three-year-old twin girls and a six-year-old son, told the Daily Mail: "It didn’t stop me going out, but it would certainly stop me wearing certain outfits and certain dresses and skirts.

"There was a point where they were quite bad… it’s like the eye was drawn to the hem of the skirt and that happened to be right where I had a quite ugly cluster of veins."

Sick of feeling hung up about her legs, Julia had laser therapy in 2016 – and now has a treatment called microsclerotherapy twice-a-year, during the summer.


Thread and varicose veins explained

  • Thread veins, also called spider veins, are tiny prominent veins just below the skin's surface – commonly found on the legs and face.
  • They can cause burning pain and itching, but are normally only a cosmetic problem.
  • Varicose veins, on the other hand, are swollen, lumpy and enlarged veins which normally show on the legs and feet.
  • They may be blue or dark purple – and develop when the small valves inside the veins stop working properly.
  • In a healthy vein, blood flows smoothly to the heart.
  • The blood is prevented from flowing backwards by a series of tiny valves.
  • But, if these stop working properly, the blood flow can flow backward and collect in the vein – causing it to become swollen.
  • Being female, older, overweight or pregnant increases your risk.
  • Symptoms include:
  • Aching, heavy and uncomfortable legs
  • Swollen feet and ankles
  • Burning or throbbing in your legs
  • Muscle cramp, especially at night
  • Dry, itchy and thin skin.
  • Varicose veins don't normally need treatment, but see your GP is they're causing you pain.

It doesn't come cheap, with the laser treatment pricing in at £1,995 for both legs – and the jabs costing £360 per session.

Julia tweeted a pic of her thread vein jabs, with Dr David West at the Veincentre, last week – and said laser therapy gave her the confidence to wear skirts for the first time in years.

She added to the Mail: "My legs feel smooth to the touch and I feel sure that this is a permanent solution to the problem that has plagued me for most of my adult life."

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