Often mistaken for a cosmetic issue, varicose and spider veins are a medical issue that affects men as well as women. As men age, vein problems – varicose and spider veins, pain, heaviness, and fatigue – affect men and women at almost the same rate. Because men usually aren’t as concerned about the appearance of spider and varicose veins as women are, and venous health awareness is not always a priority, problems can arise, affecting health, activity level, and quality of life.



What Causes Varicose Veins In Men?

While there are numerous factors that play a significant role in your venous health, the number one cause of varicose veins in both men and women is family history. Other factors, such as inactivity, age, weight, and occupation, can play a role in your tendency to develop varicose veins.

Blood Flow Diagram

As you age, or if you are on your feet for an extended period of time, your veins have a harder time moving blood upward back towards your heart. Combined with potentially leaky valves in the great saphenous vein, blood can begin to pool in the leg causing symptoms – heaviness, fatigue, leg swelling, skin changes and eventually varicose and spider veins.

Like any chronic medical condition, venous disease is progressive and will only get worse without treatment. Prescriptions for medical grade compression stockings and closely regulating your activity can temporarily improve your symptoms, but will not address the underlying cause. Because varicose veins are often painful, it is important to treat them in order to maintain an active lifestyle. Severe varicose veins can lead to serious complications such as skin breakdown and even blood clots.

There is a solution:

The treatments available for men at VeinInnovations are fast and minimally invasive, often allowing patients to return to work almost immediately after treatment, and to resume activities that had previously been avoided.


Men are just as likely to suffer from venous reflux disease, but unlike women, men are less likely to take action.