Long gone are the days when body-consciousness was confined to women. Research reveals that more and more men are spending more time and money on getting their bodies ‘beach ready.’ Though it’s not just the quest to lose flabby bits and gain more chiselled cheek bones that are high on body-conscious men’s agendas.

It has been reported that increased demand for operations to remove varicose veins is being driven by men. According to research conducted by Veincentre, specialists in removing varicose veins, demand to remove veins that have become enlarged and are often twisted and purple in appearance, increased by as much as 30 percent in 2015.

Men now account for a third of Veincentre’s patients, an increase from one in five just four years ago in 2012.

Dr. David West, who founded the organisation, told The Telegraph how men are progressively becoming more conscious about the way they look.

“They [men] want to bare their legs in shorts, and feel confident going cycling and swimming,” said Dr. West.

Whilst men and women suffer from varicose veins in equal proportions, traditionally it has been women that have sought treatment for the condition.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins develop when the tiny valves in the veins fail to work as they should.  Instead of the blood flowing smoothly to the heart as it does in a healthy vein, with varicose veins as the vales are damaged or weak, the blood flows backwards and collects in the vein, resulting in the vein becoming enlarged and swollen.

Varicose veins tend to affect older people, those who are overweight and pregnant ladies.

What are the treatments for varicose veins?

There are several ways to treat varicose veins, including both surgical and non-surgical options. Non-surgical options include taking regular exercise, raising the affected leg whilst resting and using compression stockings for several months.

More invasive procedures to remove unsightly varicose veins include foam sclerotherapy, which uses special foam to close the vein, endovenous thermal ablation that uses either laser or radiofrequency, and open vein stripping, which involves surgery to remove the affected veins.

If you require any advice or information about varicose veins and how to treat them, get in contact with Daryll Baker of The Vascular Consultancy. Daryll Baker is a leading specialist in the UK on the diagnosis and treatment options for varicose veins and other venous problems.


TV personality and model, Katie Price is reportedly having Botox injections in an attempt to curb her excessive sweating.

According to reports, the 37-year-old is having regular Botox injections in order to combat her tendency to over sweat. Ms Price has admitted she suffers from night-time sweats.

During an episode of the daytime chat show Loose Women, co-presenter Katie Price admitted that suffers from the night sweats and feared that she might be starting the menopause early.

“I’m having sweaty nights, I’ve asked these guys, ‘Am I on the change?’ I keep getting cold sweats and I wake up and I’m just soaking wet,” said Ms Price.

Though it is believed that Katie Price does not suffer from the condition known as hyperhidrosis and she is receiving the Botox injections for hygiene and cosmetic reasons.

“The last thing she wants is for her fans to see her hot and bothered on TV. The injections will ensure she looks her best at all times,” a source told The Sun newspaper.

Botox injections can be used to treat hyperhidrosis, a condition which affects approximately three percent of the population. Hyperhidrosis can lead to excessive sweating on either the whole of the body or just specific areas. As the NHS notes, the most commonly-affected areas include the armpits, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, the groin, the face and the chest.

Botulinum toxin – Botox – injections have been licensed to safely treat patients suffering with hyperhidrosis since 2001. When the Botox is injected close to the sweat glands, it works by blocking the supply of the sympathetic nerve to the glands.

However, this form of treatment is not permanent. The benefits may last for up to six months and can be repeated when the excessive sweating returns.

Boosting self-esteem through hyperhidrosis treatment

Whilst hyperhidrosis does not pose a serious threat to a sufferer’s health, it can have negative implications on an individual’s self-esteem and confidence. In some cases, it might even lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.

Having Botox injections can help thwart the feelings of depression and anxiety that some hyperhidrosis sufferers experience, leaving them feeling more confident with improved self-esteem.

As Katie Price admits, having the injections to help curb her excessive sweating will “ensure she looks the best at all times.”

If you suffer from hyperhidrosis or other venous problems, get in contact with Daryll Baker at the Vascular Consultancy.  Daryll Baker is one of the UK’s leading specialists in providing diagnosis, advice and various treatment options for venous conditions.


Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.


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