Contrary to what you might think, varicose veins aren’t gender specific. Men can, and do, experience varicose veins. In fact, as many as 56% of men suffer from varicose veins.1 The risk of developing them increase as you get older, but varicose veins can occur at any age. Rather than thinking that it’s a woman’s, it’s time that men start to understand the importance of identifying and treating varicose veins.
Many people who experience varicose veins are uncomfortable simply because of how they look. However, there’s more to varicose veins than meets the eye. Depending on the severity of your varicose veins, they can actually be very dangerous to your health. Untreated varicose veins can cause a number of problems ranging from a minor annoyance to a potentially fatal incident.
Despite the movements for body positivity and self-love, being overweight is still dangerous to your health. Over time, your risks for diseases and chronic illnesses increase, including the development of varicose veins. Varicose veins develop when the lining and valves of veins are weakened over time. This can happen to anyone, but the more weight you carry, the more at risk you are and the more severe your symptoms may be.
Choosing the right Doctor to treat your veins can be a challenge, especially because the contemporary treatment of vein disease is quite different than what was done even as recently as 10 years ago. This is due, in part, to the recent U.S. Board Certified medical specialty called Phlebology, which focuses solely on the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. While many physicians offer medical services relating to vein disease, only a few are Board Certified Phlebologists, a specialty that has existed only since 2008. In addition, the modern practice of vein medicine requires mastery of specific medical technology. Again the best practitioners are Certified; this time in Ultrasonography.
As cosmetic procedures are generally not covered by insurance and thus an out-of-pocket expense. However, because vein disease is real disease most of the cost is covered by insurance. Additionally, it is common (25% of the time) for patients to come in for cosmetic procedures like spider vein removal and discover that they have underlying vein disease. If this happen, then insurance covers it all.