Varicose veins are unsightly, but should you be concerned about how they impact your health? The office of Dr. Benjamin Stong and the staff at Kalos are experts in determining whether your varicose veins are simply a cosmetic nuisance, or if they can cause health problems.
Varicose Vein Myths
Most people believe varicose veins are simply a cosmetic issue. Let’s look at some common misconceptions about varicose veins and uncover the truth.
- Varicose veins are only a cosmetic issue: Some people experience burning, achiness, heaviness and throbbing in the leg where the varicose vein is present. In more severe cases, blood clots can form, leading to a condition called deep vein thrombosis.
- Varicose veins are a sign of aging: Aging can definitely increase your chances of developing varicose veins, but young people can develop them as well. Since varicose veins are primarily genetic, people of any age can develop them.
- Varicose veins are a women’s issue: Even though more common in women, men can develop varicose veins, too.
- Running can cause them: The truth is exercise is a good thing for your veins. Since exercise can lead to better circulation, it’s always encouraged. If you have varicose veins, compression can help to reduce the risk of blood pooling in your legs during exercise.
- Varicose veins are always visible: Some varicose veins are deeper in the leg, making them difficult to see.
- Standing too much causes varicose veins: There is actually not enough evidence to show if standing causes varicose veins to appear.
Treatment for Varicose Veins
It is important to have varicose veins evaluated to make sure they do not pose a health risk. Dr. Benjamin Stong at Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery can perform a thorough exam and provide you with the best treatment options for your specific needs. Visit us here to fill out our online appointment request form or give us a call today to schedule an appointment.
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