Preventing and Treating Varicose Veins in Your 20s

Varicose veins are often associated with age; but genetics, lifestyle, medications, pregnancy, and other factors can contribute to the visibility of swollen veins under the skin of people of all ages. People in their 20s often feel embarrassed about having varicose veins, but there are options for preventing and treating them as a young adult.

What Are Varicose Veins?

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Varicose veins usually have a red, blue, or flesh-colored “rope-like” appearance that's marked by a bulge beneath the skin. They develop when the valves that keep blood flowing to the heart are weakened or damaged. Blood pools in the veins and creates a dark, swollen appearance. Though varicose veins themselves are not a significant health problem, they may indicate circulation issues that require treatment by a vein specialist.


Treating and Preventing Varicose Veins

Young people may struggle with a sense of shame or embarrassment because of varicose veins and may even choose to skip activities that might expose their legs. However, specific lifestyle changes may help reduce and prevent the appearance of veins:

  • Elevation: Elevation encourages blood to flow towards the heart. Lying with the legs elevated for 20 minutes each night may reduce the appearance of veins.
  • Compression: Compression socks strategically provide pressure on veins to keep blood flowing. These are an excellent option for people who spend a lot of time standing.
  • Exercise: A sedentary lifestyle is a risk factor for varicose veins. Exercising regularly gets the heart pumping and improves circulation.
  • Healthy Diet: Maintaining a healthy weight by eating fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains will help improve circulation.
  • Medication: Some medications can affect circulation, so it's worth asking a physician about common drugs with side effects that affect blood flow.


Medical Options for Treating Varicose Veins

Many young people can treat varicose veins with lifestyle changes, but vein specialists can provide other options, including the following:

  • Ablation: By using radiofrequency or other forms of laser technology, doctors may be able to reduce the appearance of varicose veins without impacting the surrounding skin.
  • Sclerotherapy: A solution is injected into problem veins to divert blood flow to healthier ones, causing the damaged veins to eventually collapse and fade.
  • Surgery: Varicose veins can be removed surgically, but most physicians only recommend this strategy in severe cases. For most young adults, the lifestyle changes and preventative measures listed above are effective.


See a Vein Specialist Today

If you’re a young person who suffers from varicose veins, you don’t have to hide your legs. Vein Specialists of Georgia may be able to help reduce the appearance of unsightly veins so that you can do the things you love without worrying. We’ll evaluate your situation and develop a comprehensive treatment plan, as well as additional vein services if necessary. To schedule a free vein screening, call us at 404-524-0095.

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