Varicose veins are one of the most common vein conditions, affecting about 3 in every 10 adults. Despite the widespread awareness of varicose veins, there are still many misconceptions about why they happen and how to treat them. Premier Vein Clinics shares a few common myths:

Myth #1

Crossing the legs causes varicose veins
It may appear to be true but vascular experts don’t consider it as a cause of varicose vein. These enlarged veins are caused by problems within the veins themselves. Many people are at risk of developing varicose veins as a result of genetics. If you have a family member who has it, then it’s most likely that you’ll have it too. Other factors that may trigger the development of varicose veins include pregnancy, obesity, inactivity, and age.


Myth #2

Varicose veins are just a part of aging
Age can definitely worsen varicose veins but they’re not one of the inevitable signs of aging. There are people who suffer from varicose veins as young as 13!


Myth #3

Varicose veins only affect women
Varicose veins may be more common in women than in men, but this doesn’t mean that men can’t have them too. About 10 to 15 percent of men experience varicose veins. 


Myth #4

Massage can get rid of varicose veins
Massage can’t get rid of varicose veins though it can help alleviate the discomfort and swelling. If one really wants to get rid of these enlarged veins, then he/she should see a vascular expert to have his/her condition assessed. Sclerotherapy and laser therapy are among the most common treatment options for varicose veins.


Myth #5

Surgery is the only treatment option
This may be true for a few years ago, but no longer applicable these days. Now, there are several non-surgical treatment options for varicose veins. There are non-invasive procedures, like endovenous laser therapy, that make use of laser energy to treat affected veins.

Premier Vein Clinics Can Help

Treatments may vary from one person to another. If you’re not sure on which treatment is best suited for you, it may be time schedule an appointment with a vascular expert to have your condition assessed.

At Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville, we have a team of vascular surgeons who can provide a thorough assessment of your varicose veins and discuss the best treatment options for your specific condition. Schedule an appointment with us online, or give us a call at 865-588-8229.