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Varicose veins form when the one-way valves in our leg veins fail, therefore causing blood to pool in the lower extremities; this increases the pressure in the venous system and dilates superficial veins. There are many causes of this disorder, including family history, age, pregnancy and obesity. Sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time are also thought to be contributing factors.

Can Men Be Affected by Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are a medical condition that affect both women and men. Approximately 30% of the patients we treat are male. Men often wait to seek medical treatment for varicose veins, and subsequently they tend to have the largest and most symptomatic varicose veins that we treat in our clinics. As a result, varicose veins in men can appear more prominent than in women, who oftentimes seek treatment sooner.

Complications of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are much more than a cosmetic issue. Our patients can complain of a variety of symptoms, some of which include tired or heavy legs, itching and swelling. If varicose veins are left untreated for a long period of time, skin discoloration, chronic pain, spontaneous bleeding and chronic non-healing wounds can result. These conditions cause further health complications and should be addressed right away by a medical professional.

Varicose Vein Treatment

There are several procedures to treat varicose vein disease, including Ambulatory Phlebectomy and Endovenous Thermal Ablation. Men who are treated with one of these methods at the Vein Centers of Connecticut are often surprised at how much better they feel after their varicose veins are removed. When they compare their treated legs with photos of their legs prior to treatment, they often wonder how they could have lived with their varicose veins for as long as they did!

If you are a man with varicose veins that are beginning to affect your quality of life due to any signs or symptoms in the lower extremities, then you should get a treatment plan specifically tailored to you.

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