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Myths About Varicose Veins and Their Treatment

by Jane Meggitt

Nobody likes varicose veins, but many people put up with these unsightly enlarged veins because they think they’ll have to pay for treatment out of pocket or think the treatment and recovery process is long and involved. Neither of these commonly held beliefs is necessarily true. That’s something every individual with varicose veins must find out from their doctor. There are lots of other myths concerning varicose veins, and many of these ideas are simply wrong.

Only Old People Suffer from Varicose Veins

Older adults are more likely to develop varicose veins than younger people, but plenty of those in their prime suffer from these unsightly, gnarly veins. Varicose veins often appear on pregnant women, although they tend to disappear after pregnancy.

The primary trigger for varicose veins involves heredity. If one of your parents had varicose veins, your risk rises, and if both parents had varicose veins, odds are you will, too. Varicose veins can develop at any age, even in the 20s. However, the condition does become more noticeable – and the veins more prominent – with age.

Women Develop Varicose Veins More Often Than Men

Women are more likely to develop varicose veins than men, usually due to hormonal changes during pregnancy. Overall, about 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men will eventually develop varicose veins. However, women are far more likely to seek treatment, and that’s important. Men are more prone to ignoring vein issues until a serious problem occurs, one that could have been treated more easily had they dealt with the issue earlier.

No Insurance Coverage

It is true that insurance won’t pay for cosmetic treatment of varicose veins. If there is an underlying medical problem, however, insurance companies should pay for vein treatment procedures. In many cases, untreated varicose veins can lead to serious medical issues, including leg ulceration and chronic venous insufficiency. Prompt treatment can avoid more complicated, expensive treatment down the road, so insurance companies may very well pay for treatment if the doctor indicates the procedure is not down solely for cosmetic reasons.

Varicose Vein Treatment Requires Surgery

Only the most serious cases of varicose veins require surgical removal. For most patients, minimally invasive procedures can eliminate varicose veins and patients go room and resume normal routines directly afterward. Most patients can undergo laser therapy or injections which get rid of the veins and seldom involve more than an hour’s worth of treatment in a doctor’s office.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about vein treatment, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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