Dr. Bradley Ashpole, MD

FAQs About Varicose Veins

Published on June 10th, 2019

For many, veins are one of the most frustrating parts of their body. Veins, especially varicose veins, may become more apparent with age, causing people to become self-conscious of their appearance. Roughly 23 percent of American adults suffer from this circulatory disorder. If you currently have prominent varicose veins and you are considering vein removal in Northbrook, our team at Ashpole Plastic Surgery is here to help.

Does diet play a factor?

You may be wondering if what you eat plays a part in your varicose veins. The short answer is yes. If your diet consists of high-fiber foods like fruits and vegetables, your veins will naturally be healthier. However, if you eat a lot of salty or fatty foods, your veins have to take on more pressure due to water retention. Try to avoid red meat and dairy, as they are especially bad for your veins.

Who is at risk for developing varicose veins?

Women naturally have a higher chance of developing varicose veins, especially women who are pregnant. However, it is important to keep in mind that roughly 42 percent of men experience varicose veins by the time they turn 60. Family history is one of the biggest factors that determine whether or not you will develop varicose veins.

What if I don’t opt for vein removal in Northbrook?

If you don’t get your varicose veins removed, they may result in skin sores, skin ulcers, blood clots or even deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It is best to get your veins treated as soon as possible to reduce your risk of developing complications down the road.

Are you ready to make a change to your body and your confidence? Contact our team at Ashpole Plastic Surgery today!

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