Varicose veins, aside from being a pain in the legs, can also be such a huge, figurative pain in the neck. Having those green and red projections on your calves, thighs, and other prominent areas of the legs can be a real confidence-killer. Some people tend to panic at the first hint of these veins that they immediately rush to the nearest cosmetic surgery clinic in sight. But really, how does one turn things around by turning this confidence-killer into killer confidence?
Don’t panic – use some logic!
First of all, one must understand the roots and causes of varicose veins before he or she can determine the next step which is intervention. After all it is by having a good grasp of the condition that one can figure out which lifestyle changes to make, foods and drinks to avoid, as well as treatment options to undergo.
Varicose veins are caused by a myriad of factors, and they progress in a gradual manner – which means that the first signs can’t be that bad. So, yes, it would be a bit silly to panic dial your cosmetic surgeon at the first itty bitty clue of varicose veins. But why – of billions of people in the world – you? Below is a list of predisposing and precipitating factors causing varicose veins:
- Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, and menopausal stages
- Wearing of tight-fitting clothes
- Prolonged standing or sitting as brought by occupational demands
- History of problems in blood clotting
- Intake of oral contraceptives
- Non-proportioned weight to height
- Family history of varicose veins
- Females (occurring more often compared to males)
Based on the list above, some of the causative factors of varicose veins are actually controllable. Such would include weight, occupational factors, and choice of clothing. So if you notice that you are starting to develop some of these unsightly protrusions, it would help to do some preliminary DIY measures in order to prevent them from worsening.
When to seek medical advice treatment
Meanwhile, those who have been dealing with the condition for quite some time and have exhausted all DIY efforts (yet to no avail) should seek professional advice and management. Medical treatment for varicose veins can help a great deal in reducing the pain and nuisance brought about by the condition, especially when coupled with adequate professional assistance and guidance.
Choosing the best treatment option
There are a number of treatment methods available; hence, you should be able to pick out the one that would suit your specific condition and needs. There’s sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatment, radiofrequency occlusion, surgery, as well as lasers and intense pulsed light. Having a good long discussion with your team of doctors should help you come up with an individualized treatment plan that will not only make your legs look more beautiful, but will as well prevent any future complications. Note that other existing health factors should also be taken into consideration especially when surgery is a likely pick. While looking beautiful is a must, health and safety should never take a backseat!
This article is a Guest Post by Cedric Loiselle, a talented writer for a wide range of niches including health, fitness, and beauty.
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