Varicose Vein Treatment

Non-surgical vein treatments

Vital Face & Vein offers minimally invasive non-surgical varicose vein treatments for large varicose veins to small varicose veins. To learn more book a consultation with Wellington’s doctor operated appearance medicine clinic Vital Face & Vein.


If you are looking for the best way to treat your veins Modern laser treatment is a better alternative than traditional invasive surgical vein stripping. Endovenous Laser Ablation has no requirement for bed rest, inactivity, hospital admission or general anaesthetic. At our vein treatment clinic, there are no incisions made meaning there are no scars. Large veins respond well to this procedure with many patients experiencing a dramatic change in the appearance of their legs.

In comparison with vein stripping and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy alone, this treatment is considered to have a much lower recurrence rate. When EVLA and Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy are used together, this generally optimises the success of treatment of large varicose veins. After this treatment, we will ask you to walk for 40-60 minutes to maximise the effects of this procedure. You may then resume most normal activities.

Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS enables safe and effective vein treatment of the most complex and severe varicose veins and is not a temporary cosmetic solution for varicose veins. Contact us today to book a non-surgical varicose vein treatment consultation at Wellington’s doctor operated appearance medicine clinic Vital Face & Vein.

At your appointment our qualified doctor will examine your legs and perform an ultrasound scan of your veins.  The doctor will advise and provide guidance as to the  best treatment for your leg veins.  Dr Lorraine Smith is a member of the Australasian College of Phlebology (ACP), a qualified sclerotherapist and is certified in ultrasound in Phlebology by the ACP. Dr Lorraine holds the highly regarded Diploma of Phlebology. In addition Dr Lorraine Smith is credentialed in advanced vein procedures by the NZ Society of Procedural Phlebology and holds the certificate of Interventional Phlebology from the Australasian College Aesthetic Medicine.

Full vein assessment costs just $200!

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins result when the one-way valves in the vein fail and the vein wall becomes diseased.

Blood is carried away from the heart by arteries and back to the heart by veins. The heart pumps the blood downward to the feet but it is the contraction of the leg muscles that pumps the blood back upward to the heart. The primary leg muscle responsible for the pumping blood back to the heart is the calf muscle. Each time the calf muscle contracts, blood is pushed upward through veins past one-way valves. The one-way valves prevent the back flow or reflux of blood back down the legs in between muscular contractions. Failure of these valves causes varicose veins.

The vein most likely to fail is the great saphenous vein which runs from the groin to the ankle along the inside of the leg. The great saphenous contains several one way valves that facilitate the return of blood back to the heart. The resulting increased pressure is transmitted into the branches of the great saphenous vein and varicose veins are the result. If the Great saphenous vein has failed this must be treated in order to effectively treat the visible varicose veins.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Varicose vein disease is a medical condition that commonly causes symptoms that include leg pain and swelling, leg cramps, and restless legs. The leg pain is typically worsened with prolonged sitting and standing and improved with movement and leg elevation. Conversely and somewhat ironically some patients report worse leg cramps and increasing symptoms of restless legs at night.

Lower extremity venous insufficiency (valve failure) is progressive if not treated effectively. The symptoms can progress from pain and swelling to skin discoloration and skin ulceration. Varicose leg veins increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis.

How common are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are very common affecting 60% of woman and 40% of men at some stage in their life. Varicose veins have multiple causes but in many cases, they are an inherited disorder. If one parent has varicose veins, the chance you will have them is about 60%. If both parents have varicose veins, the chance you will have them approaches 90%.

Varicose vein disease is a medical condition that commonly causes symptoms that include leg pain and swelling, leg cramps, and restless legs. The bulging leg veins are often referred to as ugly leg veins’ as the appearance may be distressing and cause the patient to feel self -conscious about their varicose veins.

How can varicose veins be treated?

An important thing to understand about varicose disease is that the varicose veins seen at the skin surface are a sign of an abnormality in a vein that can’t be seen (most commonly the great saphenous vein). An ultrasound exam is needed to identify the underlying cause and source of the varicose veins.

If varicose veins are simply removed without treating their underlying source, they will rapidly re-occur or new ones will develop.At Wellington based Vital Face and Vein we always perform an ultrasound scan of your veins before any treatment decisions are made. Even bad leg veins can be very successfully treated at Wellington Vital Face and Vein.

What are venous ulcers?
Venous ulcers are areas of skin that have broken down as a result of varicose disease. Varicose ulcers are very effectively treated at Vital Face and Vein with a combination of endovenous laser ablation and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. The varicose veins that are causing the venous ulcer are mapped out with an ultrasound exam. The varicose veins are then eradicated with a combination of endovenous laser and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. Venous ulcers then typically heal within 4 to 8 weeks and they rarely recur. Patients wear compression stockings until the venous ulcer fully heals. The most conservative option used to treat varicose veins is compression stockings, unfortunately, they are hard to put on and uncomfortable to wear so they are not an acceptable solution for most people with varicose leg veins. Compression hose work by pressing on the dilated veins, speeding the flow of blood out of the legs which relieve symptoms of varicose veins. The most comprehensive and effective solution to treat varicose veins is endovenous laser which shuts down the underlying source of the varicose vein. At Wellington Vital Face and Vein following laser ablation, we remove the varicose veins at the skin surface using injections known as sclerotherapy.