Are Itching Varicose Veins A Bad Sign?

Itching varicose veinsItching varicose veins is a symptom of  that indicates that the condition is quite advanced, as vascular insufficiency is affecting the health and condition of the skin as well.

The most commonly recognised symptoms of varicose veins is their appearance. Patients can often be seen with enlarged, twisted and lumpy blue or purple coloured veins. They look – and feel – increasingly uncomfortable.

However, the appearance is not the only symptom.

The condition venous stasis dermatitis or venous eczema involves irritated skin. Initially the area probably feels quite itchy, but then will start to develop abrasions which get worse with scratching. This can develop so  the skin becomes red and scaly – which is noticeable to others as well as the patient themselves. In the worst cases, the condition worsens to the extent that sores and ulcers start to be an issue, with risk of infection.

You may even experiencing itching varicose veins before they’re really visible, as some patients experience ‘hidden varicose veins‘.

Why do I have itching varicose veins?

For patients with varicose veins, the blood circulation is inefficient. This means that the blood is not being returned efficiently back up the legs to the heart. It causes build up of pressure in the veins.

As the condition worsens, the skin can be affected, as it is not able to get enough fresh blood and oxygen to maintain a healthy balance.

Another factor is that pressure in the veins causes some of the blood to leak out into your skin, which can cause swelling, especially around the ankles.

Are itchy varicose veins a bad sign?

Itchy skin is not usually one of the early signs of varicose veins, so if your skin is affected, then that usually is a sign that the problem is getting worse.

Unfortunately, varicose veins is a condition that won’t get better without intervention to remove the insufficient veins. However, there are things that you can do to make the condition more bearable.

What can I do about itching varicose veins?

It’s important to remember that itchy skin is a symptom of varicose veins. So while moisturising creams may provide some relief, the key is to manage the varicose veins themselves.

  1. Wear compression stockings to relieve the pressure on your legs
  2. Avoid standing for too long
  3. Keep active with regular exercise/walks to boost your circulation
  4. Raise your feet whenever you can to relieve the pressure on difficult veins
  5. A GP can prescribe steroid or other prescription-only creams to tackle severe itching
  6. Enquire about varicose vein treatment. For patients who are struggling with itching, ulcers, bleeding, eczema, pain, discomfort and difficulty sleeping; then it’s recommended to seek treatment.

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

London Vein Treatment Centre

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for varicose veins, thread veins and other vascular conditions using the latest techniques. All consultations and treatments are carried out with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons. Advanced ‘day case’ varicose vein treatment is available at specially equipped London Vein Treatment Centre locations:

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

Thread vein treatment is additionally available at:

  • The Smart Clinics, 30 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 2JE
  • City Walk in Clinic, Ground floor, Renown House, 33–34 Bury Street, London, EC3A 5AR

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

Varicose Veins Treatment Video

Varicose Veins Day Case Treatment

Leading London Vascular Surgeon, Mr Parameswaran Sridhar MBBS FRCS explains the latest laser and surgical treatment options in our new Varicose Veins Treatment Video.

Mr Sridhar is a highly experienced vascular surgeon who has treated many patients successfully. He explains:

“I do general surgery and vascular surgery and my special interest is in varicose veins.

“I’ve been doing varicose vein surgery for more than 20 years.”

Mr Sridhar has seen many patients struggling with the aesthetic and physical effects of leg vein problems. He says:

“Most of the patients I see in Cosmedics have bulgy veins or aching legs with varicose veins; or patients with less self-confidence because of the appearance.”

Comprehensive range of varicose vein treatments

The London Vein Centre specialises in treating varicose and thread veins on the body and face. The organisation offers a wide range of treatment options, so that each individual patient may receive the most appropriate advice on the best option to suit their needs.

“At Cosmedics, we offer various types of treatment. This includes endovenous laser, endovenous microwave or radiofrequency, ClariVeinfoam sclerotherapy and glue injections.

“As well as providing a vascular vein service, we also provide treatments for thread veins, all the superficial little red and purple veins that are on the surface of the skin.

“These are often cosmetically unsightly and very easily treated with microsclerotherapy injections or laser or intense pulsed light.”

What to expect

Does it hurt?

Mr Sridhar explains that procedures are not uncomfortable and local anaesthetic can be used if required.

“Most of the procedures we do are not painful.”

“Some of the procedures require local anaesthesia, so during the procedure you should not have any pain.”

When can I go home?

All our procedures are ‘day case’. As Mr Sridhar explains:

“You can walk away from the clinic on the same day.”

What results can I expect?

There are very high levels of satisfaction in the patients who have treatment with excellent results:

“I have treated thousands of patients. They’re delighted with the outcome, they’re surprised at how easy and quick the procedure is and they go back to their normal activity with increased self-confidence.”

What next?

“If you’ve got varicose veins and that is concerning you, please contact us and we are more than happy to help you.”

London Vein Treatment Centre

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for varicose veins, thread veins and other vascular conditions using the latest techniques. All consultations and treatments are carried out with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons. Advanced ‘day case’ varicose vein treatment is available at specially equipped London Vein Treatment Centre locations:

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

Thread vein treatment is additionally available at:

  • The Smart Clinics, 30 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 2JE
  • City Walk in Clinic, Ground floor, Renown House, 33–34 Bury Street, London, EC3A 5AR

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

 

Can Thread Veins Turn Into Varicose Veins?

thread vein legsIf you have developed thread veins on your legs, you may be wondering whether they are likely to turn into something worse – i.e. lumpy/twisted varicose veins. 

The good news is that thread veins do not directly cause or develop into varicose veins. They are two different conditions. They look different and affect different types of veins.

Thread veins develop in the small to medium size veins near the surface of the skin, while varicose veins affect the larger veins deeper in the legs.

Thread veins tend to be a cosmetic issue – they are noticeable, but don’t cause pain, itching, discomfort or irritation.

On the other hand, varicose veins can be very uncomfortable, painful and itchy. They can cause skin conditions and ulcers too.

However, if you do have thread veins, it is an indication that your circulation is deficient and therefore you may also be predisposed to developing varicose veins in the future.

What’s more, if you have varicose veins, then there is a risk of developing thread veins as well, due to the pressure on the smaller veins and vessels surrounding the larger varicose veins.

Thread veins vs varicose veins appearance

GP and founder of the London Vein Centre, Dr Ross Perry explains:

Varicose veins are often the big, bulgy blue veins that you see in people on the lower parts of the legs.

Thread veins tend to be much thinner, reddy purpley veins, which are often on the surface of the skin.”

Varicose veins are deeper than thread veins

“The major difference between the two veins is the depth of where they are.

“Varicose veins are often a problem with the underlying veins, which are your deeper veins and the valves that are with those; and often what happens is the valves mean that the blood doesn’t flow back to the heart as well as it should do.

“As a result of this you get pooling of the blood and stretching of the veins. This then causes them to ache and swell. Those are the varicose veins that can then often potentially have a knock-on effect on causing thread veins further up in the skin; but not always.”

Preventing vein problems

The best way to try and prevent or slow the progression of venous disease is to keep healthy and active:

  • Exercise regularly, e.g. walking, jogging, swimming, biking
  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit/veg and low fat
  • Keep an appropriate weight

Diagnosing vein problems

Dr Ross Perry explains that it is not always easy to tell the difference between thread veins and varicose veins:

“So unfortunately, trying to decide whether or not somebody’s got varicose veins and thread veins often requires an ultrasound scan; which not only is able to determine whether or not somebody has deep underlying problems that could potentially cause varicose veins and ultimately to thread veins higher up; or whether or not the varicose veins themselves are in fact not working properly and causing symptoms such as aching in the lower legs.

“This is a very simple procedure that is done in-house with our vascular surgeon and so they were able to tell you and give you the results there and then.”

London Vein Treatment Centre

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for varicose veins, thread veins and other vascular conditions using the latest techniques. All consultations and treatments are carried out with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons. Advanced ‘day case’ varicose vein treatment is available at specially equipped London Vein Treatment Centre locations:

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

Thread vein treatment is additionally available at:

  • The Smart Clinics, 30 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 2JE
  • City Walk in Clinic, Ground floor, Renown House, 33–34 Bury Street, London, EC3A 5AR

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

CEAP – How Bad Are Your Varicose Veins?

If you have varicose veins and are hoping to get some kind of treatment, then it helps to understand how bad your veins are.

Varicose veins are classified according to CEAP classification. This is the official way of classifying the severity of varicose veins; which in turn, helps to determine what sort of treatment is most appropriate.

CEAP System for Varicose Veins

The CEAP system was created by a committee of the American Venous Forum in 1994  The objective was to standardise the reporting of varicose veins so that diagnosis and treatment can be more uniform. The classifications were updated in 2004 and revised again in 2020 to improve the system.

The classification offers clinicians a choice of 7 stages of varicose vein and some of these also have sub-stages. The severity of varicose veins helps to establish the best treatment option.

StageDescriptionTreatment
C0No visible or palpable signs of venous diseaseLifestyle advice i.e. diet/exercise, to slow progression of varicose veins. This is sensible at all stages.
C1Visible veins or blood vessels beneath the skin surface, which do not bulge. These may include red spider veins/telangiectasias as well as blue/purple veinsPotentially compression stockings in addition to lifestyle advice
C2Varicose veins are visible – raised/protrudingMay consider sclerotherapy injections at this stage in addition to above
C3Swelling or swollen varicose veins (oedema) caused by water retentionMay consider treatments such as EVLA or ClariVein
C4Changes to skin quality and appearance

  • C4a – surface skin conditions e.g. pigmentation, eczema
  • C4b – more severe associated skin conditions e.g. changes to skin texture
  • C4c – visible veins and vessels around the ankles
Treatment of varicose veins here could help to avoid developing leg ulcers.
C5Varicose veins with healed ulcersTreatment of varicose veins at this point could help to prevent further leg ulcers from developing
C6Varicose veins with active/open ulcers, which can be very painfulOnce a leg ulcer has been present for two weeks or more, then a referral to a specialist vascular service is recommended

Lifestyle changes and compression stockings are intended to keep varicose veins at the lower stages and to slow down the progression. This reduces the risk of developing more serious complications, which can be uncomfortable and painful as well as unsightly.

How the NHS use CEAP Guidelines

Classifying your varicose veins according to the above system enables doctors to determine at what point a patient may be referred. The NHS guidelines  at https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg168/documents/varicose-veins-full-version-2 state:

1.2 Referral to a vascular service

1.2.1 Refer people with bleeding varicose veins to a vascular service immediately.

1.2.2 Refer people to a vascular service if they have any of the following.

    • Symptomatic primary or symptomatic recurrent varicose veins.
    • Lower‑limb skin changes, such as pigmentation or eczema, thought to be caused by chronic venous insufficiency.
    • Superficial vein thrombosis (characterised by the appearance of hard, painful veins) and suspected venous incompetence.
    • A venous leg ulcer (a break in the skin below the knee that has not healed within 2 weeks).
    • A healed venous leg ulcer.

Unfortunately, this means the NHS effectively waits for the condition to deteriorate before funding treatment. Earlier stages can be unpleasant, but they are not considered severe enough until there are advanced issues such as skin changes, bleeding or ulcers.

Varicose Vein Treatment UK

Varicose veins are not a condition that will go away without treatment, so many people are now turning to the private sector for treatment, to enjoy healthier skin and veins earlier and avoid the difficulties of the more advanced CVI (Chronic Vein Insufficiency) disease.

Varicose Vein Removal

The only really effective way to resolve varicose veins for good is with surgery. However, that doesn’t have to mean painful vein stripping with a long recovery. Modern varicose vein surgery is provided in private clinics on a day case basis using laser technology which offers excellent results and fast recovery.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer private EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) laser varicose vein removal at their London vein treatment centre with a renowned vascular surgeon with prices starting at £1,650 per leg (1 vein). There is no general anaesthetic, no hospital stay and patients can walk out of the clinic with the varicose veins gone.

They also offer foam sclerotherapy and micro surgery in order to provide a tailor-made service with the most appropriate treatment for each individual.

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

NHS classes varicose veins as cosmetic

If you are developing varicose veins and assuming that the NHS will be able to sort them out for you, you may be surprised and somewhat disappointed to find out that NHS has classed varicose veins as a ‘cosmetic’ issue for all but the very worst cases. 

As such, treatment for varicose veins has become a lot less common on the NHS. Varicose veins may look ugly, but if they are not causing issues such as pain or ulcers, they are now unfortunately unlikely to meet the requirements for referral.

Yet frustratingly, varicose veins is a progressive condition, which means that they will continue to get worse without treatment.  It is a gradual process of watching them get thicker and lumpier with time.

NHS advice for living with varicose veins includes wearing compression stockings to reduce the pressure and alleviate discomfort, as well as staying active with a healthy diet to manage weight and keep circulation healthy. These actions can help for some patients, but ultimately lifestyle measures are not a ‘cure’ for varicose veins, just a way of managing to live with them.

Understandably, many patients are keen to get varicose veins treated as early as possible to stop them from getting worse. It’s natural to want to avoid the severe form of the problem as it is extremely unsightly and uncomfortable.

Private Sector Treatment

Essentially, categorising most varicose vein cases as ‘cosmetic’ means that treatment for varicose veins on the NHS has been the victim of cutbacks, so now patients who might previously have qualified are looking at the private sector to have treatment.

The good news is that for those who are willing and able to fund their own treatment, the private sector offers a range of superior treatments using advanced technology.

There are options suitable for mild, moderate or severe varicose veins, using the latest laser and surgical techniques.

At Cosmedics’ London Vein Centre, the following treatments are available with 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

varicose veins ankles treatment

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

Foam Sclerotherapy Video; Expert Advice

Varicose Veins Treatment

Also Suitable for Thread Veins & Blue Leg Veins

vein expert videoDr Ross Perry, GP and founder of The London Vein Centre, has created a short new video to introduce foam sclerotherapy

This is a less well known treatment for varicose veins yet it offers enormous advantages for patients who have smaller varicose veins or blue thread veins on the legs.

Many assume that surgery is the only solution. If they are aware of alternatives, then they primarily tend to think of the more expensive laser options.

Yet foam sclerotherapy has the potential to banish unsightly leg veins in under half an hour.

Dr Ross Perry explains more in our new video.

Foam Sclerotherapy

Quick Injection Treatment for Varicose Veins

Foam Sclerotherapy Demonstration

Dr Ross Perry explains:

“Here we are showing our vascular surgeon doing a foam injection for varicose veins.

“This is a very short quick treatment that only takes about 20 minutes for smaller varicose veins and blue veins on the legs

“If you suffer with such things then please contact Cosmedics and we’ll be more than happy to help.”

This procedure is carried out using an ultrasound scan in order to guide the injection. This ensures that our Vascular Surgeon can deliver it precisely and accurately exactly where it is needed.

We use a special sclerosant foam which is injected into the affected veins. The foam causes an inflammatory reaction in the vein wall, which ultimately blocks the vein. This procedure is quite safe, as blood circulation is diverted through other, healthier veins. The aim is to stop the appearance of unsightly blue veins.

Compression bandages are applied after the procedure and are typically worn for between a week and a month.

London Vein Treatment Centre

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for varicose veins, thread veins and other vascular conditions using the latest techniques. All consultations and treatments are carried out with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons. Advanced ‘day case’ varicose vein treatment is available at specially equipped London Vein Treatment Centre locations:

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

Thread vein treatment is additionally available at:

  • The Smart Clinics, 30 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 2JE
  • City Walk in Clinic, Ground floor, Renown House, 33–34 Bury Street, London, EC3A 5AR

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

FREE Pre-Appointment Veins Assessment

photo assessment

NEW and Exclusive Service

The London Vein Centre has announced the launch of a FREE pre-appointment veins assessment.

This new option has been developed for clients who want to get an idea of what to expect before booking or attending an appointment.

Vein problems such as varicose or thread veins can be quite daunting. Self-diagnosis is not always straightforward, as varicose veins can be ‘hidden’ and thread veins can vary enormously from patient to patient too.

The free veins assessment service means that clients can simply send a photo of their veins for an expert opinion from one of the company’s surgeons or doctors.

Clients can expect an email or call back within a couple of days with the initial assessment of their veins together with appropriate advice about what they may expect in terms of formal diagnosis, treatment options and costs.

This service doesn’t replace the need for a full assessment in person, but sending in a photo gives some great initial information as a starting point. It also helps the team to know what type of appointment to book and whether the client should be seen for varicose or thread veins.

If the assessment points to varicose veins, then a consultation will be booked with our Vascular Surgeon. This appointment costs £150 and will include a duplex ultrasound scan to see inside the veins – vital information for an accurate diagnosis alongside the surgeon’s inspection. After full assessment of the varicose veins, clients will be able to get advice on the most appropriate treatment option along with the likely costs. The London Vein Centre offers advanced varicose veins treatment options including EVLA endovenous laser ablation treatment from £1,650 and ClariVein, which combines a mechanical and chemical action to destroy the veins and costs from £1,895 per leg.

Thread veins are a simple matter in terms of treatment and consultations are available with our expert vein treatment doctors.  A thread vein consultation costs £50 and this fee is deductable against the cost of any treatment carried out on the day. The London Vein Centre offers advanced thread vein treatment for legs and facial issues using injections or laser, with thread vein treatment prices starting at just £300 for leg thread veins.

Free photo assessment

Dr Ross Perry explains why the company launched this innovative service:

“We understand that it can be quite overwhelming and confusing for clients to know where to start in terms of getting veins treated.

“We offer a host of vein treatments at the London Vein Centre, so clients can be confident that they’ll get good advice and the right option for them.

“Providing a pre-appointment assessment is a simple extension of our service which means that we can provide some initial information on what to expect, as well as ensuring that the client is booked to see the right expert for the best possible service when they visit our clinics.”

Send a photo

To initiate a free pre-appointment veins assessment, clients can now add a photo to any of the enquiry forms on the website. The enquiry form at Veins Assessment allows clients to add up to 3 photos.

London Vein Treatment Centre

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for varicose veins, thread veins and other vascular conditions using the latest techniques. All consultations and treatments are carried out with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons. Advanced ‘day case’ varicose vein treatment is available at specially equipped London Vein Treatment Centre locations:

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

Thread vein treatment is additionally available at:

  • The Smart Clinics, 30 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 2JE
  • City Walk in Clinic, Ground floor, Renown House, 33–34 Bury Street, London, EC3A 5AR

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

What’s The Difference Between Varicose and Thread Veins?

veins video

New Video

Expert Vein Doctor Explains Varicose vs Thread Veins

Dr Ross Perry, GP and founder of The London Vein Centre, has created a short new video to explain the difference between varicose and thread veins. 

Many patients are not sure whether they have varicose veins or just thread veins.

It is important to diagnose vein problems correctly in order to arrange the most appropriate treatment.

Varicose veins tend to look different to thread veins

Dr Ross Perry explains:

Varicose veins are often the big, bulgy blue veins that you see in people on the lower parts of the legs.

Thread veins tend to be much thinner, reddy purpley veins, which are often on the surface of the skin.”

Varicose veins are deeper than thread veins

“The major difference between the two veins is the depth of where they are.

“Varicose veins are often a problem with the underlying veins, which are your deeper veins and the valves that are with those; and often what happens is the valves mean that the blood doesn’t flow back to the heart as well as it should do.

“As a result of this you get pooling of the blood and stretching of the veins. This then causes them to ache and swell. Those are the varicose veins that can then often potentially have a knock-on effect on causing thread veins further up in the skin; but not always.”

How to get the best diagnosis of vein problems

“So unfortunately, trying to decide whether or not somebody’s got varicose veins and thread veins often requires an ultrasound scan; which not only is able to determine whether or not somebody has deep underlying problems that could potentially cause varicose veins and ultimately to thread veins higher up; or whether or not the varicose veins themselves are in fact not working properly and causing symptoms such as aching in the lower legs.

“This is a very simple procedure that is done in-house with our vascular surgeon and so they were able to tell you and give you the results there and then.”

London Vein Treatment Centre

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for varicose veins, thread veins and other vascular conditions using the latest techniques. All consultations and treatments are carried out with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons. Advanced ‘day case’ varicose vein treatment is available at specially equipped London Vein Treatment Centre locations:

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

Thread vein treatment is additionally available at:

  • The Smart Clinics, 30 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 2JE
  • City Walk in Clinic, Ground floor, Renown House, 33–34 Bury Street, London, EC3A 5AR

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

Private Varicose Vein Removal Costs 2021

Self-Pay Prices in London

varicose vein costsVaricose veins affect millions in the UK. As the NHS will only treat the most severe cases, many patients look to the private sector for a solution to the unsightly problem.

For patients looking to pay for varicose vein removal, cost is one of the biggest concerns. Private medicine has a reputation of being potentially expensive with ‘hidden costs’ bumping up the price.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Nowadays many providers will understand that patients are customers who are used to being able to research their treatment – and getting an idea of varicose vein treatment costs and prices is one of their key concerns.

Varicose vein removal costs

There are a number of factors that influence the price of varicose vein treatment:

Varicose vein treatment technique

There are a number of different ways in which varicose veins might be treated. The private sector excels in offering the latest treatments with high success rates.

The London Vein Centre based in Harley Street and Putney offers some of the very latest techniques available:

  • Foam sclerotherapy an injectable treatment for smaller varicose veins or larger thread veins. Prices start at £500
  • 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. Prices start at £1,895
  • Micro surgery for physical, surgical removal of the affected vein where necessary. Prices start at £500

An article in the Daily Mail compared the options https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7521919/Experts-explain-different-ways-treat-varicose-veins-affect-three-ten-adults.html. NHS information can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/varicose-veins/treatment/.

How many veins/legs

The area to be treated is a definite factor in the total price. If it’s just one vein on one leg, then that will be cheaper than multiple veins affecting both legs

Day case vs hospital stay

With modern varicose vein removal, patients are able to return home on the same day as surgery. This is a considerable cost saving as well as being more convenient.

It is possible because the speed of recovery from procedures such as EVLA and ClariVein is very much faster than the traditional ‘vein stripping’ surgery associated with the NHS. there is no compromise as both these procedures have a much higher success rate than vein stripping too.

Local anaesthetic vs general anaesthetic

Where general anaesthetic is required, costs will be much higher, due to paying the anaesthetist as well as ensuring correct monitoring and recovery. Local anaesthetic is a much lower risk and less costly option.

EVLA and ClariVein are both delivered without the need for general anaesthetic.

Provider

Some providers are more expensive or cheaper than others. This doesn’t always indicate that they’re better or worse. It is important not to pay too much but also not to pay too little either.

Check the qualifications and experience of the practitioner, as well as the credentials of the clinic. At Cosmedics’ London Vein Centre, varicose vein removal is carried out by Vascular Surgeon Mr Parameswaren Sridhar in CQC-registered clinics in Harley Street and Putney.

You can now also find independent reviews and testimonials from previous clients by looking at google reviews and other feedback providers.

What’s Included

Comparing prices online is really helpful for getting an idea of what’s available, but do be careful to check what’s included.

Hidden extras might include scans or dressings.

At London Vein Centre, the scan is included in your consultation price and there are no ‘hidden extras’ associated with the cost of treatment.

London Vein Treatment Centre

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for varicose veins, thread veins and other vascular conditions using the latest techniques. All consultations and treatments are carried out with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons. Advanced ‘day case’ varicose vein treatment is available at specially equipped London Vein Treatment Centre locations:

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

Thread vein treatment is additionally available at:

  • The Smart Clinics, 30 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 2JE
  • City Walk in Clinic, Ground floor, Renown House, 33–34 Bury Street, London, EC3A 5AR

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

Venous Lake Blood Vessel Treatment

‘Venous Lake’ is a condition where patients have a broken blood vessel, normally on the lower lip, where the skin has been exposed to the sun.

The medical term for this is ‘Phlebectasis’.

The venous lake looks like a blue/black/purple coloured spot on the lip, usually between 2mm – 1cm diameter.  and is caused by a problem in the blood vessel which causes blood to pool rather than flowing away. It may be slightly raised to the touch, and is usually soft and compressible to the touch.

Venous lakes are caused by a blood vessel (vein) in the skin, which over time has become enlarged and wider (or dilated).

These are more common as patients get older and they’re nothing to worry about in medical terms, but it should definitely be checked and properly diagnosed by a doctor just in case there is something more sinister.

Venous Lake Appearance

Venous Lake Blood Blister

Venous Lake Treatment

The NHS tends not to treat venous lake, as it is classed as a ‘cosmetic issue’ in that it is not medically harmful. However, many patients dislike the look of them and would like to get rid of them.

The good news is that private clinics like The London Vein Centre can offer treatment which can be quite effective.

Laser treatment for venous lake

Most venous lake can be treated with laser. While one session should make a difference, 2-3 sessions are generally advisable for full results. This option works to gradually destroy the problematic blood vessel, leaving the skin looking clear and normal. There is no anaesthetic required and no scalpel or injections.

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

These 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.

Surgical treatment for venous lake

Occasionally surgical removal is the best approach. This is a bit more invasive, but is completed very quickly and normally can be carried out in the same session as the consultation. The London Vein Centre doctors and surgeons use local anaesthetic to ensure that the treatment is painless and this option requires no further treatment sessions.

The London Vein Treatment Centre specialises in all types of thread veins on the face and body using the latest techniques for best results.

The team are highly skilled and experienced in treating vein problems. Patients can feel confident in a swift and accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment recommendations.

London Vein Treatment Centre

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for thread veins on the face or body 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. Our friendly team would be happy to help.