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Varicose Veins: Myth vs. Fact

Varicose vein treatment has changed a lot during the past decade or two, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of myths and misconceptions about these veins and their treatment. Take a look at these common misunderstandings and learn to tell the difference between fact and fiction.

7 Varicose Vein Myths

  1. Varicose veins are a normal part of getting older. Not true. The risk for developing varicose vein does increase as we get older, but these damaged, diseased veins are not a “normal” part of aging; they’re a sign that something is wrong with your veins. What’s more, varicose veins can form at any age – some people develop them in their 20s and even during their teen years.
  2. You can “cure” varicose veins with diet and exercise. No. While diet and exercise may help prevent varicose veins from forming in some people, once a varicose vein develops, it requires medical treatment to eliminate it.

  3. Varicose veins only occur if you’re overweight. As with aging, varicose veins are more likely to occur if you’re overweight as a result of the increased pressure on your leg veins. But even people of normal weight can develop these ugly, painful veins.

  4. Varicose veins are “just” a cosmetic problem. Actually, varicose veins form when the tiny valves inside the vein stop working properly. That means they’re a sign of a circulation problem. And without proper care, they can cause serious side effects and even more serious health problems.

  5. Varicose veins can only be treated with invasive surgery. Nope. In fact, most procedures today are minimally invasive, using injections or very tiny “nicks” in the skin, just large enough to admit a very “skinny” fiber. this fiber emits energy that scars the vein lining, causing it to close. These minimally-invasive procedures almost always can be performed on an outpatient basis, and they’re associated with a speedy recovery and minimal to no discomfort.

  6. Diet and lifestyle changes won’t help with varicose veins. While changing your diet or activity level may not cure existing varicose veins, being more “fit” can reduce your risk for developing the veins. Avoiding foods high in sodium (salt) and unhealthy fats, eating more high-fiber foods and enjoying a moderate activity like walking on a regular basis are all important for maintaining good circulatory health.

  7. Recovery following varicose vein treatment is long and painful. Gone are the days of the long and uncomfortable recovery following varicose vein treatment. Today, many patients can get back to their normal routines right after their treatment. The only caveat: You’ll need to avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous physical activity for a couple of weeks while the area heals.

The Truth About Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are very common, and the good news is, in most cases, they’re also relatively easy to treat. As a leading provider of state-of-the-art vein treatments in King of Prussia and the Philadelphia metro region, Vascular Medical Center offers patients custom care solutions optimized for their needs. To find out more about varicose vein treatment and to learn how you can enjoy better circulatory health, call Vascular Medical Center at 610-813-6300 and schedule an office visit today.