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Varicose Veins: Are they More Than Just a Cosmetic Issue?

by – April 12, 2024

Varicose veins – can be more than just a cosmetic concern. While many may dismiss them as unsightly but harmless, the truth is, varicose veins can indicate underlying venous insufficiency, which, if left untreated, can lead to more serious health complications like venous leg ulcers (Read more on the progression of varicose veins in this post – Do I Need Varicose Veins Treatment).  In this blog post, we’ll delve into the reasons why varicose veins should not be ignored and why The Whiteley Clinic stands out as the premier destination for varicose vein treatment.

Varicose Veins – Cosmetic or not?

Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that often appear blue or purple and protrude from the skin’s surface. While they may seem harmless, varicose veins can indicate an underlying issue with the veins’ valves, causing blood to pool and flow backward. This condition, known as venous insufficiency, can lead to a host of symptoms, including leg pain, swelling, heaviness, and even skin ulcers in severe cases.

Research has also proven that every year, 1 in 23 people with varicose veins will progress1. This progression can be swollen ankles, red or brown skin marks around the ankles to leg ulcers. Also, others will bleed from their varicose veins or get “phlebitis” (clots in varicose veins).

However, treatment of the varicose veins gives patients a better quality of life2, and stops this deterioration.

Why Choose The Whiteley Clinic?

  1. The Whiteley Clinic boasts unparalleled expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins. With numerous decades of experience, our team of venous specialists and vascular scientists have helped thousands of patients achieve healthier, happier legs. We have also been Awarded ‘Best for Varicose Veins Treatment’ (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024) by Global Health & Pharma.
  2.  At The Whiteley Clinic, Scans are thorough and performed by our team of dedicated Vascular Scientists/Sonographers who, together with the Consultant Vascular Surgeon or Consultant Venous Surgeon and Consultant Phlebologist, ensure a complete and personalised treatment plan is devised with the correct underlying cause of the varicose veins being identified.
  3. We can claim to have the lowest possible rate of recurrence in varicose veins that it is possible to achieve, thanks to our research and treatment developments.
  4. From minimally invasive procedures like endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and endovenous microwave ablation (EMWA) to innovative techniques like the remarkable non-invasive Sonovein treatment, The Whiteley Clinic offers the latest advancements in varicose vein treatment. Our state-of-the-art treatments are performed in our modern, purpose-built facilities by our skilled team of venous specialists, ensuring you receive the highest standard of care every step of the way.
  5. At The Whiteley Clinic, we prioritise your comfort, safety, and satisfaction above all else. From your initial consultation to post-procedure follow-up, our dedicated team is here to support you throughout your treatment journey. We take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and develop a personalised treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals.
  6. The Whiteley Clinic is recognised as the leading international centre for the treatment of pelvic vein reflux (including varicose veins of the vulva and vagina)

Varicose Veins Can Be More Than Cosmetic

Varicose veins may not be as harmless as you think, but with the expert care and cutting-edge treatments available at The Whiteley Clinic, you can take control of your venous health. Don’t settle for anything less than the best – choose The Whiteley Clinic for your varicose vein treatment and experience the difference for yourself.


1 J Vasc Surg Venous Lymphat Disord. 2015;3(1):18–26.

2 – Health Technol Assess. 2006;10(13):1–iv

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