There are two effective treatment options for thread veins.
- Laser treatment breaks down unwanted face and leg veins using a powerful light source.
- Sclerotherapy (Microsclerotherapy) is used exclusively to treat leg veins. Here a medical solution causes microscopic damage to cells such that the vein closes.
A combination of both treatments may be advised when treating leg thread veins. This will be decided following a medical examination.
Laser treatment is often best for smaller thread veins whereas Microsclerotherapy is often used to treat larger thread veins and also for patients with darker skin types. Laser therapy is a highly effective and often permanent treatment for thread veins.
Your medical professional will take you through a consultation to understand exactly what your expectations and desires are, helping us achieve optimal outcomes. Local anaesthetic will be applied to ensure maximal comfort.
Thread Veins Prices – Face
Consultation from £50 with a doctor
Very minor area from £150
Minor area from £200
Intermediate area from £240
Major area (treated by Doctor) from £315
Thread Veins Prices – Legs
Consultation from £50 with a doctor
Test patch £50
Minor area from £270
Intermediate area from £330
Major area (treated by Doctor) from £410
your questions about thread vein removal answered
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As for the day of treatment, avoid all creams and lotions on the area to be treated.
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Facts about Microsclerotherapy
It is a highly effective treatment for ‘telangiectasias’ (thread-veins) and associated reticular veins.
It is noteworthy that more than 80% of the population are estimated to have telangiectasias and reticular veins and their presence can signify a more significant venous problem.
Sclerotherapy not only offers the possibility of remarkably good cosmetic results but also has been reported to yield an 85% reduction in symptoms. These, unfortunately common, symptoms include:
It is important for us to check your medical history, paying particular attention to known risk factors:
- worsening with pregnancy or menstrual periods
- stationary lifestyle
- history of hormonal therapy
- previous trauma
At your assessment appointment your doctor will carry out an examination which will include a brief ultrasound test as well as the use of a special Veinlite® which helps visualize the vessels under the skin. Following assessment, you will be able to discuss the best options for you.
You may of course choose to follow a conservative course of action.
This will include:
- Keep active/ avoid standing
- Sit with legs elevated when you can
- Consider use of ‘Class 2’ compression stockings
For anyone who is considered appropriate for, and elects to have a course of microsclerotherapy, it is essential to know that:
- After-care advice should be followed – provided in leaflet form
- Compression stockings must be worn – without them, treatment may fail
- Follow-up after 2 weeks is strongly recommended – occasionally, a ‘coagulum’ can form which needs to be removed to avoid abnormal discolouration from resulting
- Numerous treatments are necessary – we normally recommend 3, but this will vary depending on severity
- Some vessels (extremely small ones) may be better dealt with using laser