A Rising Number Of Middle-Aged Men Are Undergoing Varicose Vein Treatment To Avoid Getting ‘Grandpa Legs’

A Rising Number Of Middle-Aged Men Are Undergoing Varicose Vein Treatment To Avoid Getting ‘Grandpa Legs’

A Rising Number Of Middle-Aged Men Are Undergoing Varicose Vein Treatment To Avoid Getting ‘Grandpa Legs’

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A growing number of body-conscious men are turning to varicose vein removal treatments in order to avoid developing ‘grandpa legs’ as a result of working out or cycling.

The demand for varicose vein treatment for men has grown from 10% of all patients to around a third over the past five years, according to new research.

Doctors at Veincentre, a chain of clinics specialising in vein-removal, claim to have performed more than 10,000 procedures since 2010.

The research has shown that the biggest growth has been with middle-aged men, often dubbed ‘MAMILS’ – or middle-aged men in lycra- who are avid gym-goers or cyclists.

According to new research, the over 40’s category now accounts for more than a tenth of the nation’s gym goers. There’s cause to believe that the trend has been Inspired by muscular role models such as Hollywood actors and athletes.

But if you are one of these middle-age gym-goers, what treatment is out there to help you? The experts at Canterbury Skin and Laser are here to explain the treatments that can help varicose veins.


The first treatment Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic offers to remove varicose veins is sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment that aims to improve a number of cosmetic vein conditions including varicose veins and thread veins. The treatment involves inserting a fine needle into the treated vein. The vein is then filled with sclerosing liquid, which causes damage to the lining of the vein. The veins react to this by swelling before fading.

“The great thing about sclerotherapy is that it provides patients with a quick and easy solution to their unwanted veins. The treatment can be performed in the 30 minutes and requires little recovery time, making it the perfect varicose vein treatment for patients with busy lifestyles,”said Dr. Alice Hudson-Peacock, a cosmetic doctor at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic.

Following treatment, the site of injection will be covered for three days. Once the wrappings have been removed, patients may still see visible bruising and swelling to the treatment areas. This usually subsides within a week or two. Then will continue to fade, and can be expected to improve up to 8 weeks following treatment. Patients may also be required to wear compression stockings during this process to help force the veins to close and fade.

Laser treatment

On the other hand, the second treatment to combat thread and varicose veins is laser treatment. This form of treatment works by penetrating the vein with high levels or light energy that are matched to a target colour (like the red of a thread vein). This allows the treatment to effectively target the unwanted veins, whilst minimising the amount of absorption made by the surrounding skin. The laser delivers controlled energy pulses which heat the veins and close them. The veins are then dissolved and expelled from the body by the patient’s immune system.

“The great thing about laser treatment for varicose and thread veins it that it gives patients a long term solution to their unwanted veins. Thanks to the treatment’s vein collapsing nature, patients can effectively remove their prominent veins through their body’s immune system. This is a big benefit for many patients as it means they can enjoy their results, safe in the knowledge that their unwanted veins won’t return.”

If you would like to know more about either of the thread and varicose vein treatments mentioned in this article, book your consultation with Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic today by calling 01227 472288 or emailing reception@skinandlaser.co.uk.
The clinic boasts a loyal following of patients in a number of location including Ashford, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Margate, Ramsgate, Hythe, Whitstable, Faversham, Sittingbourne, Sheppy and Maidstone.