Varicose vein problems are very common and can affect anyone, independent of age, sex and physical fitness level.

Varicose veins generally occur in the legs and appear as large, bulging, twisted and blueish-colored superficial veins, which may or may not be associated with symptoms such as pain, swelling, itching, cramps and skin changes.

Although varicose veins most commonly affect older, overweight and/or pregnant women who lead a sedentary lifestyle, anyone can be affected by this disorder.

Similar to women, being older, overweight and sedentary are major risk factors for varicose veins in men. Genetics and having a job that requires a lot of standing or sitting are also known to play a role.

While men may not be as affected by the appearance of varicose veins as women, it is important to keep in mind that varicose vein issues can progress and cause serious problems, including cramps, fatigue, skin problems and even ulcers if left untreated for a prolonged period.

This may in turn result in decreased activity and quality of life.

Varicose Vein Treatments for Men

The treatments for varicose veins in men are identical to those of women and are equally as effective. Some of the most common treatments include sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), laser therapy and Venefit.

Sclerotherapy, which is one of the most common treatments for spider veins, involves injecting a sclerosing solution containing a local anesthetic into the spider vein. This causes the vein to become non-functional and shrink, eventually disappearing from view over time.

Sclerotherapy is the most effective for small varicose veins and spider veins, whereas for larger veins, another treatment such as EVLA or Venefit, could be chosen.

EVLA uses laser energy and Venefit is based on the administration of radio-frequency energy from a specialized catheter, which causes the vein to collapse.

All of these treatments are minimally invasive, virtually painless and associated with minimal side effects.

Furthermore, the procedures are all relatively quick. With some exceptions, such as hot tub baths and heavy weightlifting, you can get back to your everyday activities later the same day. The majority of procedures are covered by insurance with the exception of sclerotherapy when it is performed strictly by itself for cosmetic concerns.