Spider veins and varicose veins are often thought of as a woman’s issue. However, this is a major misconception because vein disease affects millions of men across the United States.Approximately 40% of men suffer from some form of leg vein problems with around 15% of the male population experiencing complications from varicose veins.Studies have shown that although women are more likely to develop vein disease, men are more likely to develop serious complications such as blood clots and chronic venous ulcers.

Varicose veins can be unsightly and seen as a cosmetic issue, which is why many women seek treatmentearlier as compared to men who and men are less likely to seek treatment. However, men often overlook the appearance of the bulging veins and downplay the symptoms and put off seeking treatment until the disease has advanced with complications. It is important for men to understand that varicose veins are not strictly a woman’s issue nor just a cosmetic issue, but a symptom of a serious underlying condition also known as venous insufficiency which should not be ignored.

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Causes of venous insufficiency in men

Venous problems, such as varicose veins, develop when the pressure inside the vein is greater than the wall-strength of the vein. This increased pressure is caused by an underlying condition known as venous reflux also referred to as venous insufficiency. In venous reflux, the valves become dysfunctional resulting in blood pooling in the vessel. The pooled blood resulting from the build-up back pressure in the vein, causes the vein to enlarge and twist leading to varicose veins formation


Although there is an underlying hereditary link to the development of vein disease. Other risk factors and progression of vein disease include advance age, being overweight and having careers that involve spending long hours standing on their feet or whose work require prolonged sitting will notice symptoms towards the end of the day than morning. Men who participate in sports or exercise may experience their legs tiring much faster than normally. Prior to serious complications, there are multiple warning signs such as:


Although the following non-procedural options are not a cure for venous problems, they can provide symptom relief and reduce the complications of vein disease.


The good news is that there are major advances made in the treatment of vein disease and there is a wide range oflow-risk procedures to treat the underlying conditions of venous disease resulting in eliminating symptoms and increase quality of life. Recovery from these minimally procedures is quick and many return to work the next day if not the same.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, you may be suffering from vein disease. At New York Vein Treatment Center, 40% of our patients are men. We offer a variety of treatment choices such as Sclerotherapy, Varithena and Endovenous Laser Ablation Therapy. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment and discuss your varicose vein treatment options.

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