It’s a fact that women tend to develop varicose veins more than men do. Generally, the condition affects as much as 55 percent of women, compared to 40 to 45 percent of men. But while statistically, men suffer from varicose veins less frequently than women, the problem is that they tend to ignore their vein issues longer than women do, and they tend to postpone seeking treatment until their condition is further advanced.

Part of this tendency is due to the stigma many men attach to having varicose veins. They see it as a woman’s issue or perhaps an old person’s problem, which causes them to push vein health onto their mental back burners.

The problem is that when varicose veins are ignored and left untreated, they can, in some cases, lead to some fairly serious complications. These can include sores or skin ulcers due to the long-term backing up of blood; bleeding due to thinned skin over varicose veins; superficial thrombophlebitis, which is a blood clot that forms in a vein just below the skin; and deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot that forms in a deeper vein.

So if you’re a male and you haven’t sought medical attention for your varicose veins, don’t put it off. There are several treatment options that can help you improve not just the cosmetic appearance of your legs but also your circulatory health. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be potentially thwarting more serious complications.

If you’re a female who knows a man who’s been ignoring his varicose veins, have a talk with him and explain the benefits of his seeking medical treatment.

Dr. Jack Tarr of Vein Specialists of Tennessee has more than 30 years of experience treating patients in Knoxville and the surrounding East Tennessee area. Vein Specialists of Tennessee routinely treats varicose veinsspider veinsface veins, and venous ulcers through a spectrum of treatment options, including ultrasound-guided sclerotherapyendovenous laser ablation and microsurgical ambulatory phlebectomy.