While advertisements typically portray women when they target those who suffer from varicose veins, men are almost as likely to have varicose veins as women. The Orlando vascular center Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center wants to highlight strategies for men with spider veins and varicose veins.
Do Men Develop Varicose Veins?
Of the 20- to 30-million people in the United States with varicose veins, almost half (45 percent) are men. Unlike women, who tend to seek treatment for varicose veins when they first appear due to cosmetic reasons, men generally wait until the problem is more severe and causing pain, and even possible vein ulceration.
Men and Vein Health
Because men typically wait longer than women to seek help, their varicose veins are much more serious. This can easily lead to more involvement of the vascular system and longer recovery times.
Tips for Spider Veins in Men
Spider veins and varicose veins are basically the same problem — venous insufficiency — that occurs in different-sized veins. Spider veins are small, generally painless, and branch out in a tree pattern. They will generally occur in the legs or, less commonly, on the face.
Spider veins may form from excessive sitting or standing, genetics, aging, obesity, hormone imbalances, damage to veins, blood clots, or sun damage. While some of these risk factors are non-controllable (genetics, aging), you can develop a plan to incorporate healthier habits into your daily routine, such as walking more frequently, losing weight, and giving up smoking, among others. Removing these risk factors will greatly decrease the likelihood of developing spider veins, or ease any irritation caused by spider veins.
Treating Varicose Veins in Men
The treatment plan for men with varicose veins is identical to a woman’s treatment plan as long as the man visits his vascular specialist early. Delayed treatment leads to more pronounced problems and a longer recovery. Early treatment may involve compression stockings or a change in lifestyle while later treatment often includes inpatient, minimally invasive surgical procedures. Two common procedures are laser and radiofrequency ablation, which shut off varicose veins to reroute blood to healthier veins. These treatments have a high success rate. Ambulatory phlebectomy involves making a few small incisions to remove the affected vein. Blood reroutes to healthier veins and patients walk out of their doctor’s office after out-patient surgery.
Central Florida Vein & Vascular is your Orlando vascular center for information on men’s health and well-being. Give us a call at 407-293-5944 or 352-658-5547 to schedule a consultation. With offices conveniently located in Ocoee, Kissimmee, and The Villages, our team of vascular experts are ready to answer your questions. You can also catch up on all the latest news pertaining to vascular care by visiting our blog.