Over 3 million people in the United States have varicose veins. Despite this figure, a lot of people still have misconceptions about this condition.
The Most Common Myths About Varicose Veins
- Only older women are affected by varicose veins
Just because we often see this among older women doesn’t mean that they’re the only ones who are prone to varicose veins. Anyone can develop varicose veins, even men. Varicose veins on men are less commonly discussed because men may be less likely to seek help, either because they feel embarrassed for having them or they don’t see it as a problem.
- Varicose vein treatment is only for cosmetic purpose
Some people seek varicose vein treatment for cosmetic purposes, but there are also those who are seeking treatment to alleviate the discomfort brought by the enlarged veins (varicose veins can cause itchiness and a feeling of heaviness on the legs).
- Varicose vein treatment requires extensive recovery period
This is a thing in the past. Now, you can have your varicose veins treated and be back to work and your usual activities (except for highly strenuous activities) in a matter of days. This is possible with the minimally-invasive varicose vein treatments now commonly used instead of invasive vein stripping surgery.
- Running causes varicose veins
Whether it’s running or walking, exercise can actually do the exact opposite. They are calf muscle-pumping activities that can help push blood back to the heart.
- Surgery is the only treatment option
In the past, vein stripping was the only option for removing the varicose veins. It’s a surgical procedure for removing veins from the body. Vein stripping is occasionally still used for treating varicose veins, but other minimally invasive procedures that don’t leave scars are a more popular option these days.
Vein treatment has never been easier. You’re in good hands with Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville. We can restore healthy, great-looking legs in about an hour, and most treatments are covered by insurance! Our vein experts will assess your veins and recommend the most appropriate vein treatment for you. Call 865-588-8229 or contact us online for free vein screening!