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Why did I get varicose veins as a young age?

I thought only older people got varicose veins, but I'm 22 and already have varicose veins on one leg. Why am I getting varicose veins at such a young age? How much worse will they get? What can I do about them?


Doctors Answers (9)

Although it is less common to get varicose veins in your 20s, factors that contribute to early varicose veins are pregnancies, significant leg trauma or surgery, and genetics. If trauma or surgery can explain the varicose vein then, you may not be more likely than average to get additional varicose veins. If this is a family trait, then I suggest treating the varicose vein and wearing compression hose at work if you have to do prolonged standing and if you become pregnant. Avoid high heeled shoes and walk frequently. Varicose veins are now treatable without affecting your normal activities as an office procedure.

Varicose veins are inherited. Although many people notice them developing after pregnancies in middle age, I have treated many patients in their 20s, sometimes as young as early teens. As you get older, they will continue to appear and be more noticeable until treated. Consult with a vein specialist to learn about the treatment options that make sense in your case, which might include compression stockings, thermal ablation (for saphenous veins), and sclerotherapy or radiofrequency for spider veins.

Many people have a type of collagen from their genetics which makes the valves inside their veins weaker. This makes you more prone to varicose and spider veins. If you decide to wait longer to get them treated, your symptoms could worsen, and the treatments will take a lot longer. If you are currently bothered by the veins, you should be evaluated at our office so we can determine the treatment plan. We will work with your insurance company to make sure the treatments are covered.

There is a large genetic component to varicose veins. Parents may be to blame, and they are also associated with pregnancy. The prognosis depends on many things like weight, lifestyle, exercise, etc.

It is too bad you have varicose veins at such a young age, but there are definitely treatments that can be done. Usually, when a person gets varicose veins at your age, there is a strong family history of varicose veins. However, it can also be related to previous injury to a vein, or to some unusual congenital conditions. Varicose veins may worsen with time. Today, the best approach is to visit a physician who specializes in vein treatments. He or she will evaluate your problem and perform an ultrasound to get a full picture of how the veins in your leg are functioning. After that, a treatment plan will be suggested. If you have leg symptoms, health insurance coverage is usually available for the treatment. All treatments should be able to be performed in an office setting.

Typically, it is an inherited trait. Take a look at your parents' legs. We have treated both male and female patients as young as 16. Women tend to develop them more due to the presence of female hormones. An evaluation and ultrasound by a board-certified surgeon trained in vascular problems will determine if it is just a surface vein, or if there are valve issues deeper. This will determine the appropriate treatment, all of which are minimally invasive and done in the office.

Genetics is the biggest factor for early varicose veins. They will generally get worse over time. You should get them evaluated by a vein specialist and treated if they bother you.

This is genetic in most cases. You need an evaluation and a long term plan. You can find a qualified phlebologist on

This is probably genetic. They will probably get worse as you age. You can see a physician and have it treated. Depending on how large it is, it could be injected or lasered.

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