How Old is Too Old to Treat Varicose Veins?

About 25% of adults in the U.S. have varicose veins, and 16% of those adults are older than 60.

If you have varicose veins and are considering treatment, you may be surprised to learn that your age may not play as important of a role as your overall health when it comes to determining your eligibility for treatment.

Many people simply accept varicose vein symptoms as a natural part of aging. However, since modern varicose vein treatments are largely non-surgical, there are appropriate treatment options for those of any age.

So is there an age limit for vein treatment? If not, when should you do something about your veins?

Am I too old to treat my varicose veins?

The simple answer is that treatment of varicose veins does not have an age restriction. Your eligibility for treatment is more dependant upon your activity levels and other lifestyle choices. A qualified vein specialist can provide careful evaluation and diagnosis, and offer treatment options that are right for you.

Do I need to treat my varicose veins?

Many people incorrectly believe that varicose veins are just a cosmetic problem. However, the majority of varicose vein sufferers have at least one leg symptom including:

  • Discomfort or heaviness in your legs

  • Burning or throbbing

  • Swollen legs

  • Problems with healing

  • Thickening or changes in the color of your skin

  • Problems with bleeding

  • Itching

If you are living with any of these problems - regardless of your age - you don’t have to live in discomfort or pain. Treatment can help alleviate, or completely remove, these troubling symptoms.

Only a vein specialist can determine if you’re a good candidate for varicose vein treatment. While there is no defined age limit for vein treatment, your doctor may advise that treatment may not be an option if:

  • You are not mobile and do not get out of bed

  • You have a blood clot or an active infection

If you suffer from varicose veins, don’t let age discourage you from seeking treatment.


Elmore Medical Vein & Laser Treatment Center is the premier vein specialty medical practice in the Central Valley. Dr. Mario H. Gonzalez and his staff offer years of experience and medical expertise that you won’t find anywhere else. Contact us today to set up a consultation appointment.

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