The Truth about Incompetent Veins

by | Dec 18, 2023

What exactly is an incompetent vein, and why are we better off without them?

An “incompetent vein” refers to a vein that fails to efficiently circulate blood back to the heart due to weakened or damaged valves that line the walls of the vein. Normally, veins have one-way valves that push the blood flow towards the heart and stop it from flowing backwards. However, in an incompetent vein, these valves don’t function properly, leading to blood pooling, vein enlargement, and potential complications like varicose veins.

Decoding Varicose Veins:

Varicose veins are visibly enlarged, dysfunctional veins, that disrupt blood circulation in the body’s surface networks. These abnormal veins typically develop slowly over several decades, often stemming from conditions present at birth.


Interestingly, your body isn’t dependent on these varicose veins for its circulatory needs. Almost always, alternate pathways already exist through the network of healthy veins. When we effectively treat varicose veins using modern methods available today, the normal surrounding veins step up, continuing to ensure the smooth flow of blood throughout your body.

There’s a common misconception that treating varicose veins can overburden the remaining normal veins. Let’s debunk that myth. There’s no added pressure placed on these healthy veins as long as all the problematic veins are treated effectively. The surrounding healthy veins seamlessly continue their role in blood transportation without experiencing any extra strain. So treating varicose veins actually eases the strain on the overall circulatory system.

Skin and Tissue Transformations:

Many people are not aware that varicose veins bring about a range of skin and tissue changes, causing swelling, dermatitis, pigmentation, and skin thickening, often leading to skin ulcers. The good news? Treating varicose veins effectively not only alleviates these complications but, in most cases, makes them disappear altogether.

Body’s Renewed Vascular Wellness:

When it comes to varicose veins, your body doesn’t miss what’s removed. Treating these veins not only improves the overall circulatory function but also resolves associated skin and tissue complications, and results in a renewed sense of vascular wellness.

Worried about your veins?

Make an appointment to see phlebologist Dr Peter Paraskevas in our Vein Health Melbourne or Sydney clinics, and get your veins assessed and treated today.

We provide fast and easy, walk-in walk-out treatments. Our minimally invasive treatments utilise world-class technologies to achieve the best patient outcomes. Our results speak for themselves – see our before & after gallery.


Why choose us?

  • Walk-in, walk-out treatment in our accredited facility
  • High success rates
  • No general anaesthetic
  • No hospitalisation
  • Medicare rebates apply
  • Minimal downtime or time away from work
  • Comprehensive after-care and follow-up scans and reviews
Seek Expert Advice from one of Australia’s Leading PhlebologistsDr. Peter Paraskevas Phlebologist, Medical Director

Dr Peter Paraskevas is expert in the assessment and treatment of Varicose Veins. For 20 years Vein Health Medical Clinic has provided the latest in non-surgical laser, radiofrequency and sclerotherapy treatments and combined this with state-of-the-art ultrasound diagnostic testing to treat varicose veins and venous disease.

The content provided in this article is provided for information and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice and consultation.

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