I am more in the "accept it" camp. Of course I have not intention of ever wearing a bikini so what the skin looks like on my stomach is just not important. And since I wear the long skirts (and always have) the part of my legs with vericose veins doesn't show. And of course, I have not had the type of issues that you have regarding the swelling. Basically I am a wimp and would not go through much pain for beauty! But to reduce pain, you betcha.