Are varicose veins a cosmetic issue?

The reason that NHS treatment for varicose veins is now so scarce is that the problem has been categorised as a largely ‘cosmetic’ issue for all but the very worst cases. 

However, many would argue that varicose vein removal treatment should not really be classed as ‘cosmetic’ at all.

Varicose veins are a problem on many levels and the impact is far more than just cosmetic.

Initially, the most noticeable symptoms may be the external appearance of veins. Varicose veins are best known for their appearance – lumpy, twisted veins that are bulging and dark blue or purple in colour. The bulges can often be seen even through tights or leggings.

However, it is not just a vanity issue. Varicose veins are also uncomfortable and patients complain that their legs feel heavy. Left untreated, discomfort becomes more severe and the veins can be very painful.

In the long term, varicose veins also affect the skin, so patients can develop sores, itchiness, eczema and even serious leg ulcers due to the poor blood supply and circulation in the area.

So varicose veins are far from being a cosmetic problem.

Unfortunately, varicose veins simply don’t get better by themselves and the condition simply deteriorates as the poor blood supply causes the condition of the skin and legs to get worse and worse. Early diagnosis and treatment are the best case scenario as this can avoid the discomfort, pain and associated conditions that develop when the veins get worse.

Varicose Vein Removal Treatments

We offer a range of varicose vein treatments using the latest laser and surgical techniques, all carried out by our experienced Vascular Surgeon on a ‘walk in walk out’ basis with no overnight stay and no general anaesthetic:

  • EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) treatment offers a 95% success rate. Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer EVLA treatment at their London vein treatment centre with a renowned vascular surgeon. Prices start at £1,650 per leg (1 vein)
  • ClariVein® is a treatment which combines a mechanical with a chemical action to seal
  • Foam sclerotherapy an injectable treatment for smaller varicose veins or larger thread veins
  • Micro surgery for physical, surgical removal of the affected vein where necessary

Before + After Varicose Vein Treatment

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.

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