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Monday, April 2, 2012

Myths of Varicose Veins - Part 2

Last month, we examined two myths relating to varicose vein treatment. Here are a few more common misconceptions we’d like to clear up.

Myth 3:  "If I don't get my spider veins treated, they'll turn into varicose veins."

In reality, spider veins and varicose veins involve different parts of the venous anatomy, and one cannot “turn into” the other … no more than fat can “turn into” muscle as the result of an exercise regime. 

Some additional differences:
  • While varicose veins are primarily a medical condition, spider veins are largely a cosmetic concern.
  • Health insurers typically recognize the need to treat varicose veins and coverage is generally available.  Because spider veins are cosmetic, patients typically pay out of pocket.
However, don’t let these differences keep you from addressing spider veins, as the self-consciousness they can create is real and, in some cases, extreme. Spider vein treatment with sclerotherapy is quick, painless and gives excellent results – and may not cost as much as you think.

Myth 4:  "Varicose veins only occur in middle-aged and elderly patients."

In reality, varicose veins can occur at any age. Capitol Vein & Laser Center has treated varicose vein patients as young as 14 years old.  

Heredity plays a large role in determining who is likely to develop varicose veins.  Even though varicose veins are more common as we age, the young are still susceptible.  Treatment at an earlier age can prevent some of the permanent skin problems that will likely occur as the patient gets older, and younger patients often see their varicose veins respond to treatment more quickly than older patients

VNUS Closuremicrophlebectomy and sclerotherapy are the ideal options to help with varicose veins, and all are performed as in-office procedures that allow immediate return to normal activity.

Look for more myths vs. reality in future posts! If you have specific questions, make an appointment to see either Dr. Rosenberg or Dr. McNeill at one of our Maryland, Virginia or West Virginia offices. Insurers cover treatment for varicose veins, and there is no reason to avoid treatment because of this concern.


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