Varicose veins are knotty, ropey, bulging, and all around unattractive and painful for many patients today. While there isn’t a guaranteed way to prevent varicose veins, people who are in a high-risk group can do several things to minimize the chances of developing them.
Who is at Risk for Developing Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins can develop in both women and men in any age group, but certain people have a higher risk, including:
- People who are over the age of 50
- Women are more likely to develop varicose veins than men
- Family history: About half of all patients with varicose veins report that one of their immediate family members also had them
- Hormone changes: When progesterone and estrogen levels fluctuate during menopause, varicose veins are more likely to develop
- Pregnancy: While pregnant, the expanding uterus places extra pressure on the veins, which may result in varicose veins
Preventing Varicose Veins
Patients who are aware that they’re at risk for the development of varicose veins can make some simple lifestyle changes that may reduce their risk. Helpful changes can include:
- Wearing compression stockings on the legs
- Keeping the legs elevated when relaxing at home
- Losing weight if you’re overweight
- Avoiding prolonged periods of inactivity
- Avoiding prolonged periods of standing
What if Varicose Veins Develop?
Sometimes varicose veins may develop, in spite of your best prevention efforts. In this case, it’s best to address the issue as quickly as possible. Dr. Lee at the L.A. Vein Center is a highly experienced vascular and general surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive treatments. Some of the options for treating varicose veins include sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, and microphlebectomy, Dr. Lee is happy to work with you to determine the best possible solution for your varicose veins. Contact the L.A. Vein Center anytime to arrange a consultation with Dr. Lee.