At enhanceskin we have been treating varicose veins in Nelson and Marlborough for well over a decade. Two of the questions we are most frequently asked are… “Am I too old?” and “Am I too young?”. But, our answer to both is always no!
Treating Varicose Veins – Never too old or young!
There is always much debate around the cause of varicose veins. You will get those that advocate they are caused by occupation or lifestyle choices. But the fact remains that the primary cause of vein disease is genetics. In fact, this factor accounts for about 80% of cases. So, it is for that very reason that people of any age can suffer from varicose veins. Dr David Orsbourn has treated varicose veins in patients aged from sixteen to ninety-four years. Of course, the vast majority of clients are in the fifty to seventy years age bracket. But varicose veins and their often debilitating symptoms can affect anybody.
Why do young people put off vein treatment?
One of the main reasons younger people (or their caregivers) put off treating varicose veins is because they think they will eventually need to have them treated again. Essentially, this is true. The younger a person is when they first suffer from varicose veins, the more likely they are to get a recurrence. But, our gold-standard treatment, EVLA, has a 99% success rate (even after five years* with studies now out to 15 years). So, a young person can easily get through their sometimes self-conscious teenage years without the requirement for further treatment.
Why do seniors put off vein treatment?
Sadly, varicose veins often come into the category of ailments we just put up with as we age. This is such a shame when treating varicose veins can be life-changing! Additionally, your varicose veins may be an underlying cause for other health issues, such as cellulitis and venous leg ulcers. So, treating varicose veins could improve your overall health in other ways.
All of our treatments are walk-in and walk-out.
- Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGFS) uses specialised ultrasound equipment to guide injections of sclerosant which permanently closes the vein. This procedure is virtually painless, so requires no anaesthesia.
- Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), the gold standard for varicose vein treatment, again, requires no general anaesthesia or hospital stay. You walk in and walk out (wearing compression stockings for two weeks), and you are even able to drive home afterwards.
- Venaseal Glue is another option for a small number of patients with advantages Dr David explains to those who he feels will benefit from this treatment.
Before we embark on any treatment plan, we offer a COMPLIMENTARY full doctor’s vein assessment, and a scan to help to determine the treatment most suitable for you. Your treatment plan also includes follow-up appointments for twelve months afterwards.
Contact us to book your appointment with David in Nelson or Marlborough!