Varicose veins may be stereotypically associated with older patients and they are known to affect those who are overweight more than average; but younger, fitter patients are certainly not immune from varicose veins. Actually varicose veins can affect people of any age and any physical fitness.
What’s more, younger, fitter patients may find that varicose veins are more noticeable too, for a number of reasons:
- Legs likely to be exposed sporting activities (e.g. gym, running, swimming)
- Less body fat makes veins more visible and pronounced
- More likely to have ‘bare’ legs due to fashion choices (shorts/short skirts/dresses)
- Young/fit patients generally expected to have smooth toned legs
Age and weight are still significant factors in having varicose veins, so why can they affect younger and fitter people too?
Hereditary Varicose Veins
The number one influence over a person’s propensity to get varicose veins is hereditary – so if your parents and grandparents had them, then you are at a higher risk than if they didn’t.
Therefore, if varicose veins run in the family, it is useful to understand at what age your family tend to get varicose veins, as if your relatives tended to get them young, unfortunately you might too.
Avoiding Varicose Veins
There are a few tips that can help patients to reduce the risk of varicose veins or delay their onset:
- Exercise and diet to reduce any excess body weight and relieve unnecessary pressure on the leg veins
- Avoid high heels
- Avoid long periods of standing or sitting
- Raise your legs
- Avoid crossing your legs
Treating Varicose Veins
The good news is that if varicose veins have appeared, they can now be treated far more effectively than 10 years ago, thanks to new laser technology.
Unfortunately, there is little treatment now in the NHS, but patients are able to choose modern treatment in the private sector, where the latest treatment options are available with short waiting lists.
Cosmedics’ London Vein Treatment Centres offers high-tech solutions to get rid of the varicose veins on a day case basis. There is no need for a hospital stay – these procedures are carried out in clinic and patients are able to walk out and return home same day. There is no general anaesthetic, only a local, which also makes the procedure much more agreeable.
Private Varicose Vein Treatment Options
- New ClariVein® treatment combines a mechanical action causing the vein to spasm with a special chemical to seal the vein
- EVLA treatment uses a laser to destroy the veins in question. The procedures takes as little as 20-30 minutes per leg
- Foam sclerotherapy uses a chemical to block and thus destroy smaller varicose veins and larger thread veins
- Micro surgery can be used alongside other treatments to physically remove the troublesome veins
London Vein Treatment Centre
Varicose & Thread Vein Treatment
Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer private treatment for thread veins and varicose veins at their London Vein Treatment Centre. They also offer varicose vein ultrasound scanning for proper diagnosis of any ‘underlying’ vein problems.
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