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How does age affect the effectiveness of varicose vein treatment?

I am in my 50's and have had varicose veins since my late 20's. They have gotten worse over time and I finally want to have them treated. My skin is obviously more wrinkled and less elastic than before, and it has also gotten darker from being in the sun. Will this affect my ability to heal properly after varicose vein treatment? How does age affect the success of treating varicose veins?


Doctors Answers (5)

We have frequently treated varicose veins in patients at age 70 and older. Treatments should be just as effective in your 50's as they would have been for treatments in your 20's. Sun damage to the overlaying skin and thinning of the skin may increase the incidence of bruising and healing time very slightly, but would not be a significant factor in the effectiveness of the treatment.

Great question. If you are in your 50's we still consider you "young." We have performed vein ablations and microphlebectomy (removal of the actual varicose vein) on people as young as 18 and as old as 84. You should do very well. To ensure your skin is healthy I would recommend using a topical lotion such as Aveeno (blue bottle) twice a day. Do not use the day of the procedure. Best to avoid sun before and after as it is very damaging to the skin.

Age is an insignificant issue. Patients of any age can benefit from treatment.

We commonly treat 50-90 years of age with excellent results. Age is not a factor, immobility and a sedentary life style is a factor.

Should heal and do fine. We do plenty of people in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Most people heal with minimal to no incision scars. Obviously it is better to stay out of the sun around the time of the procedure.

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