Many believe that only people over 50 or who have active jobs can get varicose veins—but the fact is that people of all ages can suffer from this condition. Though your risk for varicose veins tends to increase after 50 years of age or after many years at a demanding job, younger and less active people are certainly not exempt from developing vein disease.
Varicose Veins: How to Spot Them
Varicose veins are enlarged, gnarled veins that typically show up in rich red, blue, or purple colors. Though any vein within your body can technically become varicose, the most common areas to experience this condition are your legs, ankles, and feet.
Veins become varicose when the blood within them begins to have trouble fighting gravity and traveling back up to the heart. That is why varicose veins are the most common in the lower extremities farthest away from the chest. Poor circulation, heart problems, and jobs that require you to stand for long periods are common contributors to varicose veins. Varying levels of pain and discomfort often accompany this condition.
Who Develops Varicose Veins?
Though some of the common contributors to the development of varicose veins include poor circulation and active jobs, varicose veins are also largely hereditary. In fact, around 80% of varicose vein cases were inherited from a parent.
Age and physical fitness are key factors for developing varicose veins but they don’t guarantee the condition. Since vein disease relies heavily on genetics, young and healthy people can also develop varicose veins. Additionally, varicose veins are known to occur more often in women than men.
Other major vein disease factors include obesity, birth control pills, hormone replacement post-menopause, regular use of tight garments, and a history of blood clotting. Ask your doctor about whether you have an elevated risk of developing varicose veins.
How to Treat Varicose Veins
For some people, varicose veins are merely an aesthetic concern that they’d like to fix. However, for many, varicose veins cause a great deal of discomfort and pain in their day-to-day life. Those with particularly enlarged veins may have trouble walking or standing for long periods without regularly sitting or even elevating their legs to aid blood flow.
Fortunately, there are several treatment options for varicose veins available today. Endovenous Laser Therapy, or ELT, is a laser vein removal treatment that is minimally invasive with very little pain.
Another option is sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a solution directly into the veins that causes them to seal off and eventually close. They are later absorbed by the body and disappear entirely.
Contact NY Metro Vein
Whether your varicose vein concern is cosmetic or you’re tired of dealing with daily pain, it’s time to take the leap and find a solution. Contact us at NY Metropolitan Vein & Aesthetic Center to learn more about your options and schedule a vein closure or removal appointment.