Q: Should I wait until I am older to get the endovenous laser ablation procedure? I am a 24-year-old active female who has incompetent great saphenous veins in both legs. Can you advise if I should wait to close them via laser ablation or have it done ASAP? I have unsightly varicose veins, but currently there is no pain or adverse side effects.
A: Once you have faulty valves in the Greater Saphenous Vein (GSV), they almost never return to normal. The damage in terms of varicose veins and skin damage will only worsen over time. Treatment is easier when damage is less severe.
If you plan on getting pregnant soon, you run the risk of the ablation opening up when pregnant due to the added pressures on your veins from the pregnancy and hormones. If pregnancy is expected years away, opening up is probably less likely.