Varicose veins are a very common medical and cosmetic issue – and at least 30-40% of Australian adults have some extent of venous disease. Women from middle age are impacted more than men, though both sexes can be affected, and even very young adults can experience varicose veins. A certain proportion of cases occur in people aged over 60 years.
When are you too old for varicose vein treatment?
There are different types of varicose veins, and having treatment will depend on an array of factors, including the extent of the venous disease. It is important to understand when (and why) treatment is needed – and that age is no barrier to having your veins treated at Crows Nest Vein Clinic.
Why are Varicose Veins an Issue?
Varicose veins are twisted, bulging veins most often seen in the legs. They’re caused by weakened vein walls and incompetent valves which allow blood to flow backwards in response to gravity. This blood pools in the lower legs and the adjacent tissues, putting too much pressure on the veins and causing them to enlarge and further weaken.
While small varicose veins are usually of cosmetic concern only, they can (and often do) worsen. Treatment is progressively more important as the severity of vein disease increases.
Varicose Veins are clinically classified as follows by the Royal Australian College of GPs (RACGP):
C0 – no signs of venous disease
C1 – telangiectasis (spider veins) or reticular veins
C2 – varicose veins
C3 – oedema (swelling)
C4 – pigmentation (redness or brownish discolouration of the skin), eczema (itching), lipodermatosclerosis (inflammation of the fat under the skin), atrophie blanche (scarring)
C5 – healed venous ulcer
C6 – active venous ulcer
CA – asymptomatic
CS – symptomatic
Varicose veins are not only unsightly and of cosmetic concern, impacting confidence (especially in women). They can worsen and potentially lead to health and wellness complications including:
- Chronic discomfort
- Swelling and redness
- Burning, throbbing, and pain
- Compromised integrity of the adjacent and overlying tissues
- Slow healing
- Skin ulceration
- Diminished quality of life
- Blood clots
What is the best age to have Varicose Veins treated?
The earlier, the better! The best age for vein treatment is at diagnosis by a vascular specialist – and the right approach to treating vein disease will elicit better outcomes, sooner.
In the past, when surgical vein stripping was the standard vein removal approach, age and associated health conditions prohibited many people from having their veins appropriately treated. Though some doctors still recommend vein stripping, this is not the gold-standard approach for most people.
Fortunately, the way varicose veins are treated has changed dramatically. Today, modern minimally-invasive vein treatments are much simpler for patients and require no general anaesthetic or hospital admission and no time off your feet. As such, age is no longer an impediment to vein treatment – and otherwise healthy, active women and men can have their varicose veins treated into their 70s and even beyond.
Minimally invasive vein treatments are virtually painless, require little to no downtime, and the outcome of having timely treatment is excellent.
The only impediment to having your veins treated is if you are immobile (and confined to bed) or if you have an active infection or a blood clot. A vascular specialist is the best person to consult to understand your suitability and options for vein treatment.
Are your varicose veins causing:
- Dry, thickened skin?
- Self-esteem issues?
If so, it’s time to have them treated.
It’s vitally important that varicose veins be medically evaluated by a vein specialist as early as possible. Treating the issue promptly is very important – failure to do so may lead to bigger problems like chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) which is a progressive medical condition and much more difficult to manage.
Furthermore, you deserve to feel and look your best – and vein treatments help countless women (and men) regain their self-confidence and zest for life.
Contact Crows Nest Vein Clinic
Crows Nest Cosmetic & Vein Clinic is a leading Sydney clinic and we are proud to offer world-class minimally invasive treatment options for varicose veins. Dr Nicole James is our expert, experienced vein specialist. She understands the concerns of women and men at all stages of venous disease and she provides advice and guidance regarding the most appropriate treatment approach for each individual case. These options include sclerotherapy, microsclerotherapy, or endovenous laser ablation.
Book a consultation today! Our vein treatments require no GP referral and they are eligible for Medicare Rebates.