Do spider veins also occur in men?

Yes, up to 58% of men also suffer (more or less) from spider veins. Although women are more at risk due to pregnancy and hormonal fluctuations, spider veins and varicose veins also affect men. Men are even slightly more likely than women to be affected by the complications of varicose vein disease, e.g. B. skin changes, leg ulcers or even thrombosis. The very simple reason for this is that men generally make far less frequent use of health and preventive care services than women. In addition, men generally pay less attention to varicose veins and therefore often go to the doctor late.

According to surveys, more than half of the men stated that they regarded the change as insignificant or even overlooked it. With women, on the other hand, over 90% take the problem seriously and take action. Not even one in five men perceives the varicose veins as an aesthetic deficiency, while this is the case with almost all female patients. However, this is currently changing fundamentally. More and more men are going to the doctor because they too find varicose veins and spider veins cosmetically unsightly and want to get rid of them.

Are spider veins a purely cosmetic problem?

Most of the time, spider veins are viewed as an aesthetic or cosmetic issue, but not always. The more pronounced forms in particular can cause symptoms and be a harbinger of venous insufficiency that gets worse over time. Although spider veins are not usually classified as a real disease, they are dilated and tortuous veins with impaired venous valve function – just like the larger varicose veins .

Many people think that varicose veins are also a purely aesthetic problem, especially if they do not cause any discomfort. However, larger varicose veins can lead to complications and should be treated. Anyone who waits so long to see a doctor until the consequences have developed (e.g. a thrombosis ) may have waited too long. The earlier vein problems are detected, the better they can be treated and the lower the risk of serious complications.

Spider veins can appear alone or together with larger varicose veins. Therefore, before any treatment of spider veins, the doctor should always clarify whether there is already a pronounced venous disease. If you want to be on the safe side, consult your family doctor or a vein specialist or phlebologist if you have spider veins !

How do spider veins form?

Spider veins can be the result of a congenital weakness of the connective tissue and/or a weakness of the veins with blood congestion in the venous system . Over time, the fine veins lose their original elasticity, wear out and widen. These dilated veins then become visible as bluish or reddish to violet, tortuous spider veins that shimmer through the skin, especially on the lower legs and lateral thighs.

Increasing age, hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause), hormone preparations such as birth control pills, lack of exercise, standing jobs, obesity and smoking can promote the development of spider veins or worsen the symptoms.

Although in many cases spider veins are not considered a disease in the medical sense, they pose a significant cosmetic problem for many people.

What is micro-sclerotherapy?

Micro-sclerotherapy is the treatment method of choice for spider veins and small varicose veins . The sclerotherapy of spider veins and small varicose veins is called micro-sclerotherapy or also fine sclerotherapy, while the treatment of larger varicose veins or all varicose veins with this method is commonly referred to as sclerotherapy.

What happens during micro-sclerotherapy?

Micro-sclerotherapy or fine sclerotherapy is always carried out on an outpatient basis and does not require anesthesia or anesthesia . The doctor injects a specially developed drug called sclerosant through a fine needle directly into the spider veins and small varicose veins . Inside the varicose veins, the sclerosant reacts with the wall of the abnormally dilated veins. The body’s own processes cause the vein walls to stick together and thus block the veins. The body gradually breaks down the closed veins. These veins then disappeared permanently.

When is the best time to let spider veins die?

In principle, you can always desolate, i.e. treat with micro-sclerotherapy . However, you should wear compression stockings for a few days to a few weeks after each treatment, avoid going to the sauna or solarium for a while and not sunbathing extensively. There is no treatment that will make spider veins disappear overnight. You therefore need a little patience until your body has broken down the diseased veins and the treatment is successful.


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