At some point in their lives, nearly half of all men will experience varicose veins or spider veins. Varicose veins appear primarily on the legs and feet. They often look twisted or bulging, are blueish in color and appear near the surface of the skin. Spider veins are named for their appearance which often resemble a spiderweb of tiny red, blue or purple veins visible below the surface of the skin. These veins can appear anywhere, but are frequently visible on the face or legs.
These problem veins are caused by weakened or damaged valves within the veins that restrict blood flow. Aside from their unattractive appearance, these damaged veins may cause various symptoms in the legs including burning, throbbing, tiredness, achiness or heaviness in the legs. There may also be skin tenderness, discoloration and other changes.
Although varicose veins may affect men of any age, the risk increases with aging due to loss of muscle mass and tissue tone along with the weakening of vein walls. Varicose veins are a chronic medical condition that will progress without treatment, adding further risks of other complications such as leg ulcers, vein bleeding, or blood clots.
When varicose veins cause pain, discomfort, itching, or heaviness, there are some steps that can be taken to help alleviate symptoms. Some of these steps may also help to prevent the formation of new varicose veins by assisting with better blood flow in the legs.
- Getting regular physical activity – Exercise can strengthen muscles in the legs, which helps the veins push blood back to the heart.
- Losing weight – being overweight or obese can put additional pressure on veins, so losing any extra pounds can ease blood flow.
- Avoiding prolonged sitting or standing and elevating the feet when sitting.
- Wearing compression stockings.
- Quitting smoking or using tobacco.
- Wearing sunscreen.
However, varicose veins are a progressive condition that when left untreated typically worsen over time. They can greatly affect the quality of life for those who suffer from them and create a risk for other serious complications, some of which could be life-threatening.
For those who are experiencing varicose veins and would like a non-surgical option, a varicose vein specialist can offer two highly-effective non-surgical varicose veins treatments to consider, endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy for varicose veins.
Because no scalpels or sutures are utilized in either treatment, there are no long-lasting scars or keloids. There’s minimal discomfort, and most treatments are characterized as being virtually painless. With these modern therapies, most people can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Additionally, most major health insurance carriers provide coverage for the treatment of vein disease and venous insufficiency when medically necessary.
If you would like more information about varicose veins treatment, please contact a specialist vein doctor at the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our two convenient locations:
Jupiter 561-625-9853 or Wellington 561-790-4550 or visit us at www.goldmanveininstitute.com.