We're not going to lie to you -- fixing some of the biggest complaints we have about our legs, like spider veins and cellulite, does not come cheap. Exercise and diet only does so much. The biggest and most stubborn problems, like those that come from age, usually require a trip to the plastic surgeon's office. Sorry, but instead of spending money on useless creams and strange rituals that do nothing, it's probably better to start saving up for these 5 proven treatments for the 5 most common leg complaints. And by proven, we mean, they've been around so long, there's enough clinical and anecdotal data that says they actually work. The latest, greatest new technology may sound promising, but in many cases the jury is still out.
The best treatment for these pesky squiggles that half of all women complain about is still one of the oldest -- schlerotherapy, says Dr. Alan Matarasso, of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Doctors inject a salt or soap solution into the veins to irritate and collapse them. Asclera is a new solution that some patients say works better than saline. IPL lasers sometimes help, but unlike injections, they don't target the feeder veins that causes more to eventually appear. (3-6 treatments at an average cost of $370 per session)