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More Men Seeking Treatment for Varicose Veins

by Alex Kilpatrick

Nowadays, people are maintaining active lifestyles well into their 60’s, 70’s and beyond. Because of this, they naturally want to look good doing it, which has resulted in the rise of varicose vein treatments. In recent years, doctors have reportedly seen a noticeable increase in the number of men seeking these surgeries. As a matter of fact, varicose vein procedures have become so quick and easy, that many men are using their lunch hour to go in for treatment, before heading back to work.

The Formation of Varicose Veins

Ironically, it could be people’s active lifestyles that are contributing to the formation of varicose veins. Since these troublesome and unsightly veins form when valves within the veins break down, putting more pressure on your legs through exercise could be exacerbating the problem. Conversely, a sedimentary lifestyle and excessive weight can also lead to the formation of varicose veins, so ultimately, there may no good way to stop the condition from developing.

Advances in Treatment

In years past, the go-to treatment for varicose veins was a procedure known as vein stripping, wherein the entire vein was surgically removed from the body. While effective, this vein stripping procedure constitutes significant surgery, requiring weeks of downtime afterward. In recent years, doctors have turned to the less invasive ablation method, using radio waves or low-level lasers to heat up the inside of the vein, causing it to close off and disappear. In addition to requiring less recovery time, these procedures can typically be performed in under an hour, making them increasingly convenient.

Not Just About Cosmetics

On the surface, you may be inclined to look at this increase in men seeking varicose vein treatment as proof of male vanity. Rest assured, despite what some say, most men do in fact care about how they look. But varicose vein treatment is about far more than just cosmetics. Varicose veins pose a number of health risks, including pain, irritation, increased sensitivity, and varicose veins are also more likely to develop blood clots, which in rare instances could become life-threatening. Fundamentally, the elimination of varicose veins is far more about maintaining natural blood flow through the legs, allowing people to live as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

With the advances in vein treatment technology, there is no reason to let the condition go untreated. If you’d like to get rid of irritating varicose veins, talk to your doctor about your options. You may be surprised how efficiently the problem can be remedied.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about varicose veins and how to treat them, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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