It’s estimated that between 30% and 60% of the adult population suffers from varicose veins at some point in their lives. Specifically, varicose veins refer to a condition where a person’s veins become twisted and swollen; as a result, they fill up with excess blood and have an unsightly appearance. In many cases, varicose veins are also quite painful.
Anybody can develop varicose veins, but you’re at a much greater risk if somebody in your family has them or had them in the past. Fortunately, varicose veins are treatable when you turn to the right specialists for care. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths floating around out there about varicose veins. Here’s our attempt to dispel some of the most common myths.
1. Crossing Your Legs Can Cause Varicose Veins
Some people believe that physical habits–such as crossing your legs while you sit or putting your legs in certain position for extended periods of time–can cause you to develop varicose veins or spider veins. However, this is far from the truth. Both varicose and spider veins are strictly venous disorders, which means that the condition exists because of a problem with the veins themselves–not the person’s sitting habits.
In fact, the biggest contributor to a person’s development of varicose veins is genetics.
2. Varicose Veins Always Come Back After Treatment
Many people who have varicose or spider veins think that they have no choice but to deal with them for the rest of their lives. That’s because they’re under the mistaken assumption that, if they have their varicose veins treated, they’ll only come back over time.
This myth probably exists because, in the past, it might have been the case that reoccurrence was common. Today, with advancements in treatment technology, varicose veins only resurface around 5% of the time. Therefore, it’s never a good idea to put off treatment for fear of the problem coming back.
3. Women Should Wait Until They’re Done Having Children for Treatment
Some women with varicose veins also fail to seek treatment for their embarrassing varicose veins because they’ve been told they should wait until they’re done having children. However, this typically isn’t the case. Varicose veins won’t return simply because a woman decides to have another child. In fact, about 98% of the time, women who have had treatment and decide to have more children don’t have to worry about the unsightly condition coming back.
For women who are currently pregnant and considering treatment, it’s advised that they speak with an obstetrician for an assessment before following through.
4. Varicose Veins Are a Purely Cosmetic Problem
This couldn’t be further than the truth! While it’s true that varicose veins can be a major eyesore (and, in many cases, can be downright painful), the fact remains that varicose veins can be a serious medical issue. In fact, if left untreated, varicose veins can get much worse and can be detrimental to a person’s overall health.
By getting treatment for varicose veins, you can not only feel more confident in your appearance, but get rid of the pain and enjoy better health.
5. Varicose Vein Treatment Isn’t Covered By Medical Insurance
Because many people believe varicose veins to be a purely cosmetic issue, these same people also tend to assume that varicose vein treatment isn’t covered by their health insurance (since most cosmetic procedures aren’t). However, since varicose veins are a serious medical condition, treatment usually is covered (either partially or completely) by most insurance policies. This includes not only the treatment itself, but related expenses, such as the initial consultation with a specialist. About 90% of the time, health insurance will cover all the costs related to having varicose veins diagnosed and treated.
6. Only Women Develop Varicose Veins
While it’s true that varicose veins are more common in women, the fact remains that men can develop them as well. Believe it or not, more than 43% of men will experience varicose veins, spider veins, or some other vein condition at some point in their lives. It’s also estimated that about 25% of all people who have varicose veins are male.
Therefore, men as well as women should be aware of the common symptoms of varicose veins so they can receive the treatment they need before the condition worsens.
As you can see, there are a lot of myths out there regarding varicose veins. Now that you know the truth, however, it’s time to do something about your varicose veins. Contact a reputable varicose vein specialist in the Salt Lake area, such as our practice here at the Vein Institute of Utah. We’ve got the state-of-the-art technology and experienced staff to help you get the permanent relief from varicose veins that you’ve been wanting.