Celebrities are not immune from problems with their veins. TV host and former Countryfile presenter, Julia Bradbury, has recently told the media about her own issues, which left her unwilling to expose bare legs in dresses or short skirts.
She developed thread veins in her 20s, a condition which she believes she inherited from her father. During pregnancy, suffered from varicose veins as well, along with high blood pressure.
In 2016, Julia Bradbury had laser treatment to get rid of the varicose veins.
After her varicose treatment, she said:
“My legs feel smooth to the touch and I feel sure that this is a permanent solution to the problem that has plagued me for most of my adult life.”
She now has injectable treatment every year to keep on top of her thread veins. These fine red veins are very common, affecting an estimated 1 in 3 adults.
Julia Bradbury had treatment known as microsclerotherapy, which involves injecting a special substance into the thread veins in order to irritate and ultimately destroy them, so that blood simply flows elsewhere.
- After local anaesthetic, veins are injected with a small amount of special solution called ‘sclerosant’
- This causes the lining of the vessels to stick together, stopping blood from flowing
- The vein is destroyed and ultimately disappears
It can take 2-3 sessions and treatment does not stop new veins appearing in the future.
Thread Vein Treatment Options
There are private companies such as the London Vein Treatment Centre which specialise in offering a broad range of vein treatments for private patients. These often use specialist technology and the doctors offering treatment are trained and experienced in vein problems.
Thread vein treatment options at the London Vein Treatment Centre include:
- Laser treatment with the technologically advanced Harmony XL Pro in Harley Street and Putney. The laser targets prominent/visible capillaries, vessels or veins and damages the veins so that they shrink, shrivel up and eventually disappear. This treatment is suitable for thread veins on the face or body
- Micro-cautery laser treatment is available at all of the company’s skin treatment centres. This uses a superfine cautery device and is ideal for smaller facial veins, capillaries and spider veins.
- Sclerotherapy injections work to destroy the vein from within
This treatment is recommended for larger thread veins, such as those on the legs
London Vein Treatment Centre
As well as thread vein treatments, Cosmedics Skin Clinics also offer private varicose vein treatment and see many patients who have been refused treatment on the NHS.
Their London Vein Treatment Centre offers 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 or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.