As experienced Monmouth County vascular doctors, we are no longer surprised by the number of ways that patients choose to hide their varicose veins from others. They wear dark stockings and long pants whenever they go out, and they come up with a seemingly endless list of excuses to avoid having to wear a bathing suit or play sports that would require them to bare their legs.
What does still surprise us, however, is that being this embarrassed by their varicose veins extends even to us, their physicians. Patients are often reluctant to even talk about their varicose veins. It’s as if many of these patients have been pretending to other people that their varicose veins don’t exist for so long that they continue to do it out of habit, even when talking to their own doctors. In this article, we’d like to talk about this reluctance, and bring the subject into the open.
Four facts to help you feel less embarrassed about having varicose veins
First, we understand that having varicose veins makes you feel unique and isolated. But you are not alone – 40% of women over 50 have them, and 25% of men over 50 have them, too.
Second, although your first response to seeing them in your mirror made you want to shout, “But I’m too young to have varicose veins!,” you aren’t. 1 in 20 women under the age of 24 have them.
Third, your varicose veins are not “just a cosmetic problem,” and seeking vein disease treatment in Monmouth County is not “cosmetic surgery.” Varicose veins are the surface symptoms of a circulatory disease that can negatively affect your entire health. If you had clogged arteries that increased your risk of a heart attack, you wouldn’t feel bad about seeking treatment that could fix them, would you?
And fourth, you didn’t do anything wrong that made you “deserve” varicose veins. Most people inherit them from their parents and grandparents.
Varicose veins are the symptom of a disease, fortunately one that can be cured
So don’t feel embarrassed if you have varicose veins – do something about them. Modern varicose vein treatments literally allow you to walk into your Monmouth County vein clinic with varicose veins, have them treated, and then walk out without them, all in about an hour per treatment. Varicose vein removal really CAN be that easy. So give Dr. Owano Pennycooke a call today at 732-403-3899 and never be embarrassed by the appearance of your legs again.