Varicose veins


of Brazilians are affected


of men have some degree of venous insufficiency

Genetic factors influence the disease’s development in


of cases

People around the world seek the ideal treatment for varicose veins for a variety of reasons, mainly because of aesthetic aspects. It is difficult, however, to establish a clear link between the patient’s complaint and the varicose vein itself. Venous reflux, caused by the failure of venous valves to prevent blood from backflowing in response to gravity – one of the most important aspects of the vascular system – can also be accompanied by deep vein obstruction as well as perforator vein incompetence. If venous insufficiency – be it superficial or deep – is not properly treated, it can become a chronic anomaly, causing severe clinical consequences.

Recently, less invasive and more modern treatments, like ENDOVENOUS LASER TREATMENT (ELT), go head to head with conventional surgery options and are a safe and effective choice for patients.

Endovenous LASER treatment is fast becoming the gold standard for treating varicose veins. The procedure is performed by introducing a fiber in the damaged vein through a puncture or small incision in the leg. The LASER beam is emitted through the fiber, which is pulled through the vein and delivers just the right amount of energy. The targeted tissue reacts with the light energy, causing the vein to close and the blood to automatically be sent to other, healthy veins that are fully capable of absorbing the diverted blood flow.

It is a high-tech procedure that avoids much of the pain and bruising often associated with the more conventional method of ligation and stripping of the saphenous vein. The procedure does not require general anesthesia and requires relatively little downtime, since patients are encouraged to walk shortly after anesthetic recovery and resume their normal activities much earlier compared to conventional surgery.

Benign vascular lesions are more common than one would think and affect adult men and women. They usually present as birthmarks or simply appear throughout life, during the natural process of aging. There are several types of benign vascular lesions and most of them can be easily treated with modern technologies such as the various types of LASERs and IPL devices. They offer a safe, non-invasive and effective alternative for this type of procedure. IPL technology is always the most recommended for treating regions where the vascular lesions tend to be reduced and more superficial.

In the case of varicose veins, the main risk factor is genetics: a study of 402 people showed that the risk of varicose veins is 90% when both parents are affected by the problem. When only one of them is affected, the risk drops to 25% among men and 62% among women¹.

Another study shows that more than 50% of Brazilian women suffer from this problem, while 37% of men have some degree of venous insufficiency².