Setting The Record Straight: Myths and Facts About Varicose Veins
It’s estimated that roughly one-third of the population suffers from varicose veins. Both men and women can be affected, although women do tend to be more susceptible. Varicose veins form when the veins in the legs can’t push the blood up to the heart. The blood vessels expand to try and help the blood move.
Varicose veins are not just a vanity flaw: they do need to be treated! To help you set the record straight, we’ve separated the myths from the truth and how varicose veins can be much more than a cosmetic issue.
Myth: If Your Veins Aren’t Visible, There Are No Issues
: On average, only 50%
of those who have varicose veins can physically see the veins. Often times, the fatty tissue in the leg prevents the veins from being visible. Visible veins sometimes act as shock absorbents to help facilitate blood flow even while suffering from the condition. The first indication of varicose veins tends to be heaviness and aching in the affected area.
Myth: Being Active Leads To Varicose Veins
: Being an avid runner does not cause varicose veins. Exercise is considered good for the circulation and may even lessen the extent to which varicose veins can form. For those runners who have not had their varicose veins treated, compression stockings may help to prevent the blood from pooling in your lower legs while being active and exercising.
Myth: Standing On Your Feet All Day Causes Varicose Veins
: Many jobs require you to be on your feet and in the standing position for most of the day. If you believe that being on your feet all day is the cause of your varicose veins, think again. It is still unproven that prolonged standing is one of the more significant causes behind varicose veins. That being said, it is common for patients to begin to experience symptoms while standing, so those that stand for long periods may be more inclined to notice their varicose veins as a result.
Myth: Only The Elderly Get Varicose Veins
: Aging worsens varicose veins; however, not everyone will get them as they get older. Visible veins can worsen and become more prominent with time due to the degeneration process. This type of vein is primarily genetic, so your family genes often come into play. Changes in hormone levels also increase your risk, especially by way of pregnancy. Regardless of your age, you may always be susceptible
to developing varicose veins.
Myth: Varicose Veins Don’t Happen To Men
: While varicose veins are more commonly seen in women, men can also suffer. Roughly 25% of adult women have some visible varicose veins, compared to only 10-15% of men.
Myth: Varicose Veins Will Inevitably Return Even After Treatment
: Today’s modern technology allows for the cause of varicose veins to be treated in addition to minimizing their appearance. Treatment to prevent varicose veins from returning in the future is significantly more successful than the limited treatments that were available in the past.
Myth: Vein Removal Requires Surgery and Downtime
: Vein & Laser Institute is proud to offer many options for treating varicose veins regardless of age and other factors. Depending on your health and needs, many times, surgery may not be necessary to eliminate your visible veins. Detecting and treating the source of the issue that is causing your varicose veins is the first step towards finding the right option that best suits your needs.
Treating Your Varicose Veins
When it comes to your procedure options for eliminating your varicose veins, Vein & Laser Institute is sure to have the ideal treatment for you. Contact us to schedule an appointment, and be one step closer to feeling healthier and free of your varicose veins.