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Leg Vein Removal

Varicose Vein & Spider Vein Treatment

Hiding your spider veins under clothing is a daily and often upsetting inconvenience. If you are tired of not being able to enjoy life your way, especially in summer, talk to our friendly doctors, and make a start on saying goodbye to varicose and spider veins!

What are Varicose and Spider Veins?

Enlarged veins and small capillaries on the legs are a very common cosmetic problem, affecting about 50% of people aged 50 and over. More common in women, they often arise during or after pregnancy and are more common in people who spend a lot of time standing.

Varicose veins are large, raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn. They may be raised above the skin surface and may be associated with some aching.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that are easily visible through the skin, they typically have a red (telangiectasia ) or bluish (venules) colour and occur on the legs and face. Unfortunately these veins are often unsightly and attempting to conceal them with clothing or cosmetics are not always successful, in many cases people change their lifestyle to avoid exposing their legs.

Varicose and spider veins are more common in women, and often arise during or after pregnancy. They are also more common in people who spend a lot of time standing.

Leg Veins

What treatments are available?

Laser can effectively treat the smaller (red to purple) spider veins, whilst sclerotherapy is useful for the larger (purple to blue) varicose veins. Often a combination of the two is used. Sometimes assessment of the venous circulation in the legs is important for planning effective treatments. Doppler Ultrasound assessment can assess the presence of incompetent valves in the circulation where backflow occurs and varicose veins develop. In cases of significant varicose veins, our doctors will often recommend assessment by a vascular surgeon, or radiologist (endovenous laser is an alternative to stripping operations).

How does laser vein treatment work?

The Cynergy Pulsed Dye and YAG Laser works by targeting these vessels and causing them to shrink over a period of 4 – 6 weeks after treatment. The use of a special cooling tip on the handpiece minimises any discomfort and also helps to protect the skin. It is most effective when vessels are 1 to 1.5 mm in diameter. Multiple treatments will generally be required before end results are achieved. Treatment is quick and a large number of veins can be treated in a session of between 15 and 60 minutes. Immediately afterwards the area becomes red with some minor swelling.

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy involves a series of tiny injections of a solution (fibrosing agent – aethoxysklerol or polydocanol) designed to irritate and then close off the offending vessels. The veins turn white whilst the solution is being injected and then appear red and swollen several minutes after as the solution irritates the vessel wall. This is repeated until all the troublesome veins have been injected.

Most leg veins require multiple treatments but it is important to understand that complete disappearance of all vessels is rare.

If there is a family history of DVT, please read below FAQS.

What are the benefits?

Treatments are great for superficial veins, spider veins, broken capillaries, small varicose veins.

 

Areas treated include legs, thighs, calves, ankles.


Benefits include:


Less Pain

If your varicose veins cause discomfort, having them treated can eliminate that pain.


Self confidence 

Having your varicose veins treated means you can get back to wearing whatever you want without having to worry about using a concealer when wearing shorts or dresses.


Increased mobility 

Often, varicose veins cause swelling that interferes with normal movement, so many people who would otherwise be active become less mobile due to their varicose veins. Having veins treated can get rid of the source of the swelling that’s causing your diminished mobility and allow you to get back to what you liked to do before your varicose veins interfered with your lifestyle.

Post Care

What should I expect after the treatment?

After Sclerotherapy there is usually some redness and swelling along the course of the treated veins. This may persist for some days to weeks, depending upon the size of the treated veins.
Bruising and minor discomfort can occasionally occur.

Vigorous exercise should be avoided for one week after treatment, although daily walking is encouraged. You cannot fly or drive long distances for 10 days after treatment.


You will usually need to wear support stockings / bandages for 3 – 5 days (only remove after showering). Bandaging may not be essential in every case.

When the bandage is no longer required, you can continue to wear for comfort if desired.

Sclerotherapy results in a gradual improvement in the appearance of visible vessels over a period of weeks after treatment. Several treatments may be required to get the best results, but you will usually see an improvement after the first treatment.

Not all people respond to sclerotherapy though, and non-response or recurrence occurs in a proportion of cases.

Rediscover yourself, book a complimentary consultation today.