Can I Get Varicose Veins Treated During Pregnancy?

Varicose veins are a common side effect of pregnancy that affect many women. 

There are a number of reasons why varicose veins can become a problem while pregnant:

  • One explanation is that they appear due to pressure from the uterus on the vein that carries blood back to the heart from your feet and legs (inferior vena cava).
  • Another cites the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the blood vessels, making them more susceptible to varicose veins.
  • A third theory is that pregnancy increases the volume of blood in the body overall to support the growing baby while flow of blood from the legs to the pelvis decreases, which puts pressure on the veins in the legs.

It can be a combination of factors that cause them to appear.

The good news is that they are medically harmless, but the bad news is that they can be quite unsightly, with swollen blue/purple veins typically appearing behind the knees or on the lower legs.  They can be uncomfortable too, feeling heavy or itchy, so that you end up feeling quite conscious of them all the time.

Many women are understandably keen to do something about varicose veins.

Can I Get Varicose Veins Treated While I’m Pregnant?

Unfortunately, varicose vein treatment during pregnancy is not advised. Your body is ‘different’ while you’re pregnant for a whole host of reasons and its main priority has to be nurturing your baby. Treatments and procedures that are not medically essential are generally postponed until after the baby is born.

Until then, it is best to try and do what you can to minimise the risk of varicose veins appearing and stop them from becoming too much of a problem.

10 Tips For Preventing Varicose Veins in Pregnancy

There are several lifestyle changes and tips that could reduce the risk of varicose veins forming during pregnancy.

  1. Watch weight gain – gaining weight is normal during pregnancy, but it’s important to keep within sensible guidelines. Excess weight is a strain to the circulation
  2. Keep active – exercise is very important to keep the circulation going. Take 1-2 walks a day or try a swim if you can manage it
  3. Ankle movements – flex and rotate your ankles periodically to boost leg circulation – you can do this even when the bump is very big and other exercise becomes difficult
  4. Feet up – while it’s important to be active, do also take advantage of opportunities to elevate your legs when sitting
  5. Posture – avoid crossing your legs when you’re sitting down
  6. Loose clothing – avoid tight fitting clothes such including socks, belts and underwear
  7. Maternity tights/compression legwear – while tight fitting clothing is to be avoided, maternity support tights can offer gentle compression to the leg muscle. Compression socks can also be helpful to circulation by pushing blood back toward the heart
  8. Flat shoes – switch out of high heels as these can put extra pressure on the circulation
  9. Take it easy – avoid heavy lifting
  10. Side sleeping – sleeping on the left hand side is said to be beneficial

If you have concerns about varicose veins during pregnancy, ask your midwife for advice. If in doubt she/he will refer you to a doctor. See also NHS advice at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/common-pregnancy-problems/.

Varicose Vein Treatments

Unfortunately, once they have appeared, varicose veins don’t tend to go away of their own accord. So if the varicose veins don’t improve a few months after the baby is born, then you can consider getting them treated.

Varicose Vein Removal Treatments

A choice of varicose vein treatment routes 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
  • Tumescent Foam Sclerotherapy combines EVLA with Foam Sclerotherapy – exclusive to The London Vein Centre
  • Micro surgery for physical, surgical removal of the affected vein where necessary

London Vein Treatment Centre

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for thread veins using the latest techniques with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons. They also offer advanced laser varicose vein treatment at the London Vein Treatment Centre at a choice of two highly equipped London Vein Treatment Centres.

  • 4 Disraeli Road, Putney, London, SW15 2DS
  • 41 Harley Street, London, W1G 8QH

The most popular option is EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) laser varicose vein removal with a vascular surgeon with prices starting at £1,650 per leg (1 vein).

For more information, please complete the form to the right hand side or call 020 7386 0464.

Could Lockdown Make Varicose Veins Worse?

For many, the lockdown is little more than an inconvenience. But those with varicose veins are wondering whether it could be making their condition worse and experts are expecting a rise in enquiries as restrictions start to ease.

Could all that sitting around be causing veins to protrude further and causing even more damage?

The Lockdown Is Reducing Physical Activity

Science seems to paint a dire picture. Evidence suggests that varicose, lumpy veins are not merely passive byproducts of the ageing process, but a condition we may be able to modify through lifestyle change. Diet, exercise, quitting smoking, and so on, could all significantly reduce the chances that they form, perhaps by encouraging cells in our cardiovascular system to take better care of themselves.

Common sense, therefore, seems to suggest that COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown could be making varicose veins worse.

People stuck indoors don’t move around as much as those going about their pre-coronavirus routine. And those working from home only have to roll out of bed and walk a few feet to their office chairs, cutting out all the walking they would normally do as part of their daily commute. It all points to less exercise, fewer trips out with friends, and more time for sedentary habits to do their damage.

Lockdown May Increase The Chances Of Developing Varicose Veins, But May Not Exacerbate Symptoms

You should not forget, though, that researchers consider exercising a preventive measure for varicose veins. The more physical activity people get, the more internal shearing forces their blood vessels receive, and the better their condition becomes. This action may help keep the valves that supply the legs healthy and supple.

Interestingly, though, exercise cannot reverse varicose veins. Only surgical intervention can do that. Furthermore, activity may cause pain or make the wiggles worse. So a lack of exercise during lockdown may actually lead to temporary improvements if you already have the condition and are placing less strain on the veins.

Like exercise, dietary choices may also help to prevent varicose veins from forming by increasing the elasticity of blood vessels, reducing blood pressure and improving the robustness of leg valves.  Again, though, improvements in diet – even dramatic ones – cannot reverse varicose veins that exist already. Only surgery can do that.

Interestingly, people seem to be eating better as a result of the lockdown. Early indications suggest that COVID-19 may actually be improving diets across the board by encouraging people to cook more home-cooked food and avoid high-fat, high-sugar, high-calorie restaurant meals.

Further reading https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8468849/Shh-Anti-agers-no-one-need-know-varicose-veins-away.html

Wrapping Up

You can, therefore, make a good case that the lockdown is making varicose veins better for people who already have them. Existing patients are, on average, eating higher quality food and may also be standing less due to lifestyle changes; both of which may help to reduce the visual appearance and pain associated with varicose veins in the short term.

The lockdown, however, may be increasing the chance of people who don’t have the condition yet developing it. Sitting down all day long in, cooped over laptops is not a recipe for long-term health. Thus, the picture is mixed.

The solution is to do regular, simple, short bursts of exercise to keep everything moving. Even simple stretches can help.

And if you are concerned about the appearance of lumpy twisted veins, seek advice from a company that specialise in this condition.

Varicose Vein Treatment

The London Vein Treatment Centre offers a variety of options, depending on the nature of the condition being treated:

Varicose Vein Removal Treatments

A choice of varicose vein treatment routes 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
  • Tumescent Foam Sclerotherapy combines EVLA with Foam Sclerotherapy – exclusive to The London Vein Centre
  • Micro surgery for physical, surgical removal of the affected vein where necessary

London Vein Treatment Centre

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for thread veins using the latest techniques with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons. They also offer advanced laser varicose vein treatment at the London Vein Treatment Centre at a choice of two highly equipped London Vein Treatment Centres.

  • 4 Disraeli Road, Putney, London, SW15 2DS
  • 41 Harley Street, London, W1G 8QH

The most popular option is EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) laser varicose vein removal with a vascular surgeon with prices starting at £1,650 per leg (1 vein).

For more information, please complete the form to the right hand side or call 020 7386 0464.

Coronavirus COVID19 – Temporary Closure

Due to the COVID outbreak and in line with the governmental guidelines, Cosmedics Skin Clinics are now closed temporarily for face to face treatments and consultations.

However, our call centre remains open and is operating within safe guidelines for staff.

  • Worried about a skin lesion? Any clients who are concerned about worrying skin lesions or blemishes are encouraged to get in touch. We are happy to provide advice and can assess photos by email. This does not replace a consultation but can provide some initial helpful information
  • Can I make a booking? We are provisionally taking bookings from the end of April, when we hope current guidelines may be relaxed for at least some of our treatments
  • What about aftercare? If you’ve already had a treatment and have aftercare queries, please do get in touch. We are running occasional clinics for stitch removal and are able to advise on any concerns the best course of action in case of any concerns

We will keep our website and social media updated with further information should the position change.

We thank you for your support during these difficult days and wish you and your families well.


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Dr Ross Perry will be sharing his expert advice on simple measures to help with skin conditions that can arise from constant hand washing with alcohol gels and soap.

We know certain people particularly with sensitive skin or eczema sufferers the constant hand washing can make the skin quite irritated and sore. Dr Perry will give some advice on our Instagram page about your best options to not only keep your hands clean but also reduce the chances of any irritation and what to do if you are getting some irritation.

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If you have any queries or concerns regarding your appointment at Cosmedics Skin clinics, please call 0208 246 4861 or email enquiries@cosmedics.co.uk for further information.

Coronavirus COVID19: We Are OPEN

** UPDATE 23-3-20**

Cosmedics Skin Clinics continues to remain open across all our clinics during the ongoing coronavirus situation and are doing all we can to keep our staff and clients safe and well during this time.

We have very high standards in our clinics. Antibacterial handwash/gels are widely available to clients and staff to use on a regular basis.

We have additional booking checks in place and we ask all clients not to attend an appointment if they are showing any signs of virus including high temperature, cough or are generally unwell or still in a period of self isolation. Please do call 0207 386 0464 or email enquiries@cosmedics.co.uk if you need to cancel at short notice.

We are running a slightly reduced service and after Easter may have to change the regular rota for a period of time. On occasion we may have to cancel at short notice due to the changing governmental guidelines or staff illness.

We thank you for your support during these difficult days and wish you and your families well.


Queries

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your appointment at Cosmedics Skin clinics, please call 0208 246 4861 or email enquiries@cosmedics.co.uk for further information.

Woman’s Own: How to Handle Varicose Veins

Expert Advice on Varicose Veins from Dr Ross Perry

Woman’s Own looked into the issue of varicose veins with expert Dr Ross Perry, founder of The London Vein Centre

As the article explained, varicose veins affect a great many people. It’s estimated that 30% of the adult population have them in the UK,. The NHS carries out around 35,000 varicose vein removal procedures a year, which leaves many people untreated, yet the issue is not just cosmetic, it could cause pain and other health issues.

Dr Ross Perry was asked to explain what to expect from a visit to the GP:

“Your GP will assess the veins to see how extensive they are.

“They will be looking to see if the leg veins have signs of ulceration, pain, bleeding or skin colour changes – these are the signs the veins are moderate to severe – and whether you can be seen under the NHS or need to find a private clinic.

“In most cases, your GP will advise either compression stockings to help manage symptoms (usually for six months) or to go private.

“The criteria for referral to an NHS hospital is very strict, so you won’t be able to have them removed for purely cosmetic reasons on the NHS.”

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Woman’s Own

Private Varicose Vein Treatment

For those clients who cannot gain treatment on the NHS, the private sector offers treatments that have high success rates at eliminating unsightly vein problems.

The London Vein Treatment Centre offers a variety of options, depending on the nature of the condition being treated:

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
  • Tumescent Foam Sclerotherapy combines EVLA with Foam Sclerotherapy – exclusive to The London Vein Centre
  • Micro surgery for physical, surgical removal of the affected vein where necessary

London Vein Treatment Centre

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for thread veins using the latest techniques with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons. They also offer advanced laser varicose vein treatment at the London Vein Treatment Centre at a choice of two highly equipped London Vein Treatment Centres.

  • 4 Disraeli Road, Putney, London, SW15 2DS
  • 41 Harley Street, London, W1G 8QH

The most popular option is EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) laser varicose vein removal with a vascular surgeon with prices starting at £1,650 per leg (1 vein).

For more information, please complete the form to the right hand side or call 020 7386 0464.

Express: Which Veins Are Dangerous?

Expert Advice from Dr Ross Perry

The Express explored the issues of veins, asking our expert Dr Ross Perry how you know which ones are dangerous and what to look for

Veins have an essential function of carrying blood containing oxygen and nutrients around the body; but some people have pronounced veins and may wonder whether this is normal or worrying. Writer Jessica Knibbs asks:

“How do you know when your veins are signalling something dangerous?”

The Express spoke exclusively to Dr Ross Perry for expert medical advice on the matter. Dr Ross Perry founded The London Vein Centre, part of Cosmedics Skin Clinics. He explained first of all why some veins seem to be more obvious than others, saying:

“It depends on the natural size and position of the vein.

“They typically expand more when they are lower than the heart so leg veins are the most common as that is where the most effect of gravity has on them.”

Ross explained that there are known risk factors in developing thread veins and varicose veins, as the conditions are more likely to affect people who are pregnant, overweight or have a family history. He continued:

“It is rare for a vein to be dangerous until it gets blocked in which case the area would swell and become red which is called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and requires urgent medical care.

“If the veins ever get painful or one leg swells more than the other it’s advised to go see your GP.”

Thread Veins & Varicose Veins

The article explained that vein problems are caused by ‘venous insufficiency’ or weak veins. Blood can pool in the legs and cause swelling, pain, discolouration and wounds.

This is more common in those who are obese, pregnant or have a family history of vein problems. Other causes include high blood pressure in the leg veins, as a result of sitting or standing for long periods; sedentary lifestyle, smoking, or deep vein thrombosis.

Depending on the severity, treatments may range from medication to surgery.

Treatments for Vein Problems

Dr Ross suggested:

£Regular exercise and support stockings can help.

“These work best if a person is developing signs of thread veins.

“Exercise and the stockings also help prevent the veins from getting worse.”

To read more, please visit https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1236062/veins-varicose-thread-legs-pain-dangerous.

Thread Vein & Varicose Vein Treatment

As varicose veins are not generally considered to be serious, treatment on the NHS usually consists of lifestyle advice or compression stockings. Thread veins are treated as a cosmetic problem too.

However, for clients who wish to do something about it, there are now treatments that have high success rates at eliminating unsightly vein problems.

The London Vein Treatment Centre offers a variety of options, depending on the nature of the condition being treated

Thread Vein Treatments

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
  • Tumescent Foam Sclerotherapy combines EVLA with Foam Sclerotherapy – exclusive to The London Vein Centre
  • Micro surgery for physical, surgical removal of the affected vein where necessary

London Vein Treatment Centre

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for thread veins using the latest techniques with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons. They also offer advanced laser varicose vein treatment at the London Vein Treatment Centre at a choice of two highly equipped London Vein Treatment Centres.

  • 4 Disraeli Road, Putney, London, SW15 2DS
  • 41 Harley Street, London, W1G 8QH

The most popular option is EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) laser varicose vein removal with a vascular surgeon with prices starting at £1,650 per leg (1 vein).

For more information, please complete the form to the right hand side or call 020 7386 0464.

Do Varicose Veins Get Worse In Winter?

If you’ve noticed your varicose veins getting worse since the autumn, you’re not alone.

Varicose veins tend to deteriorate during the winter months, so it’s a difficult time for people who suffer with uncomfortable veins in their legs.

So why is the winter such a bad time for varicose vein sufferers? The main reason is that in the winter, we tend to be less physically active. Whether it’s due to the shorter days, darker nights, Christmas activity or great TV scheduling, most of us tend to be a lot more sedentary during the winter months. It’s naturally more appealing to curl up on the sofa with a box set rather than go out for a workout – or even a spot of gardening!

Less physical activity means that your circulation is decreased.

When circulation is poorer, the condition tends to deteriorate. The problem with varicose veins is that once they have become inefficient, the valves are damaged and it tends to be very much a one-way process which cannot get better without surgical intervention.

Is it too late?

Physical activity is rarely a bad thing – it has numerous benefits for your health and all adults are recommended to have at least 5 hours a week of exercise in order to keep fit and healthy.

However, if you’re hoping that a commitment to exercise will make varicose veins better, unfortunately that’s unlikely – although it could help to slow down further deterioration.

So get active, but if you’re struggling with physical symptoms of varicose veins such as itching, ulcers, bleeding, eczema; then it’s time to see a doctor and see about treatment. Equally pain, discomfort and difficulty sleeping are key indicators that you should seek attention.

Varicose vein treatment in winter

The good news is that the winter months are ideal for varicose vein treatment for 2 key reasons:

 

  1. Compression stockings (worn after varicose vein removal treatment) are quite cosy in winter and easily hidden by clothing. In summer, they can be hot and a lot harder to hide.
  2. Varicose vein treatment will cause bruising and redness. Again, this is much easier to hide during winter and should be healed in plenty of time for summer.

5 Varicose Vein Treatments

The latest treatment techniques are highly effective and available on a ‘walk in walk out’ basis at our London clinics with no general anaesthetic or overnight stay required. We offer a suite of options to get rid of varicose veins:

  1. EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) treatment from £1,650 – laser treatment to destroy the veins from the inside – the gold-standard solution for varicose veins
  2. Tumescent Foam Sclerotherapy – exclusively developed by our Vascular Surgeon, this combines EVLA with Foam Sclerotherapy
  3. ClariVein® treatment from £1,895 – a mechanical action combines with a special chemical to seal the vein for fast and effective relief
  4. Micro surgery from £500 – most often used alongside other treatments, physically removing the troublesome veins after laser/injections
  5. Foam sclerotherapy from £500 – injectable treatment which uses a special chemical to destroy the varicose vein

Cosmedics Skin Clinics

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer thread vein removal at a selection of clinics based in London and Bristol using the latest techniques with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons.

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

Never Neglect Varicose Veins, They’ll Only Get Worse

Do you have varicose veins? This is a condition that impacts a lot of people all over the world.

They tend to be caused due to weak vein valves and walls. There are tiny one-way valves inside of your veins that open in order to let the blood through. These veins then close to stop the blood from flowing backwards. Sometimes, the veins lose their elasticity and the walls become stretched. This results in weakened vein valves. This can then result in blood leaking and flowing backwards. This results in the collection of blood in your veins, which end up being enlarged and swollen. This is how varicose veins occur.

The problem is, once the veins have become damaged, the condition gets worse and worse, as blood flows ever more inefficiently, putting greater strain on the veins and vessels.

What increases your chances of having varicose veins?

While a lot of people develop varicose veins for no apparent reason, there are a number of different things that can increase your likelihood of suffering from this condition. This includes being pregnant, having a job that involves standing for long periods of time, being overweight, older age, having a close family member that has varicose veins, and being female. Research indicates that women are more likely to experience this than men because their hormones tend to make the valves more prone to leaking through relaxing the walls.

Get your varicose veins checked out as soon as possible

No matter your reason for having varicose veins, you should definitely get them checked out as soon as possible. This is because your varicose veins can get worse and cause further problems. They may seem harmless now but it is not uncommon for people to experience itching, heaviness, swelling, discomfort, aching, and pain because of their condition. Moreover, because blood does not flow properly, it can cause there to be greater issues, for example, varicose veins can become very hard and painful. You are also at greater risk of experiencing bigger problems if you end up with any sort of skin condition that will cause blood flow issues, such as eczema.

By seeing a specialist in vein treatment, they will be able to carry out tests to determine the extent of the blood flow issues so that they can advise on the best course of treatment. This can give you complete peace of mind because you know that you have taken steps to protect yourself from any sort of serious health issues in the future.

The earlier the treatment, the better the outcome and faster the healing are likely to be.

Contact Vein Treatment Centre today

If you have varicose veins and you are wondering what sort of treatment options are available to you, look no further than Vein Treatment Centre. Instead of going down the traditional vein stripping surgery route, we offer EVLA , which is a laser varicose vein treatment with far better outcomes. We also offer ClariVein® – a new treatment which combines a mechanical with a chemical action to seal the vein off, plus Foam sclerotherapy an injectable treatment for smaller varicose veins or larger thread veins.

These treatments are available as ‘day case’ procedures in London clinics that are fully registered with the CQC:

If you would like to find out more about the service that we provide or you are interested in booking a consultation, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We would be more than happy to help in any way that we can.

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

Office Workers At Risk of Varicose Veins

Research has highlighted varicose veins among the long-term health risks associated with working in an office. 

Scientists interviewed over 3000 people to find out about the health issues in a report dubbed ‘ The Work Colleague of the Future’. The team commissioned a 3D life-sized dummy to illustrate how someone working in an office could look in 20 years time, due to the time spent seated at a desk, which carries a surprising array of health risks due to lack of activity and static seated positioning.

  • Varicose veins from poor blood flow
  • Hunched back/round shoulders/bad back from poor posture when seated
  • Bloodshot eyes/dry eye due to staring at a computer screen
  • Pale skin due to artificial lighting and lack of outdoor activity
  • Eczema caused by stress
  • Hairy nose and ears due to poor air quality
  • Swollen limbs due to repetitive movements
  • Rounded stomach caused by sedentary position

Behavioural Futurist William Higham and his team reviewed ergonomics, occupational health and wellbeing. They found that office workers spent an average 6 hours a day sat at a desk, yet for some the figure was much higher.

Over 90% of those surveyed said they worried that this was too long and 98% recognised that it could cause health problems in the future.

Mr Higham said:

“Unless we make radical changes to our working lives, such as moving more, addressing our posture at our desks, taking regular walking breaks or considering improving our workstation setup, our offices are going to make us very sick.”

Varicose Vein Risks

Cosmedics’ Vein Treatment Centre based in London already sees many patients who work at a desk or in an office environment.

The company specialises in diagnosis and treatment for vein problems ranging from patches of fine thread veins to full varicose veins.

Varicose veins can be very uncomfortable for patients, as they can feel heavy, achy or painful. The skin can become inflamed and itchy too.

Avoid Vein Problems

Avoidance is always cheaper and easier than treatment. A few tips for office workers are:

  • Avoid prolonged periods of sitting down – get up and move about every hour even if for a short period. Activity trackers can be a good prompt for this or else set a timer
  • Take a brisk walk at lunchtime to boost circulation
  • Be careful to take enough exercise during the week
  • Pay attention to your posture – consider a standing desk or ergonomic stool
  • Take care to keep well hydrated
  • Avoid crossing your legs as this can make it harder for slow circulation
  • Be vigilant – if you spot any vein problems earlier treatment prevents them getting worse
  • Maintaining a sensible weight generally makes you less prone to developing vein conditions

Vein Removal Treatments

Varicose vein removal using the latest techniques is surprisingly fast and comfortable. EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) treatment offers a 95% success rate. Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer private laser varicose vein removal at their London vein treatment centre with a renowned vascular surgeon.

For smaller thread veins or spider veins, Cosmedics Skin Clinics, offer thread vein removal at a selection of clinics based in London and Bristol using the latest surgical techniques including laser vein treatment, microcautery treatment and sclerotherapy injections (not for facial areas) with trained doctors and surgeons. Nd:YAG laser thread vein removal for smaller facial veins is available at selected London clinics.

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

How to Treat Burst Blood Vessels

When blood vessels burst, the blood under the skin’s surface can look quite worrying – especially when it is on the face, hands, arms or legs, where it can be seen. 

The burst blood vessel can appear in a number of ways:

  • Small dots
  • Specific veins
  • Larger areas

Sometimes the burst blood vessels will clear up of their own accord – this is usually the case when they have arisen due to an injury.

However, some people develop thread veins or spider veins that are more than temporary in nature. These can be a result of exposure to the sun, wind or extreme cold. They are also more common with ageing and in patients who smoke and/or drink alcohol regularly.

Once these thread veins have appeared, these may not to go away of their own accord, as the damaged veins are not able to repair themselves.

Burst Blood Vessel Treatments

When burst blood vessels lead to longer term visible spider veins or thread veins, there are treatments that can be used to help.

The London Vein Treatment Centre offers a variety of options, depending on the nature of the condition being treated:

  • Laser thread vein treatment using advanced Harmony XL Pro laser machine, which provides a gentle and effective treatment for spider veins on the face and smaller thread veins.
  • Micro-cautery laser is also available at all of the company’s skin treatment centres
  • Larger thread veins, such as those found on the legs or thighs, can be treated with sclerotherapy injections

All treatments target the problem capillaries, vessels or veins in order to damage and destroy them, so that the veins shrink, shrivel up and then disappear. The blood flows through deeper, healthier vessels and veins and is not visible at the skin’s surface.

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Cosmedics Skin Clinics

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for spider veins using the latest techniques with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons. They also offer advanced laser varicose vein treatment at the London Vein Treatment Centre.

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