How to get rid of varicose veins

If you are unhappy with your varicose veins or worried about associated health issues, you may be wondering what your options are.

If you see your NHS doctor about tackling varicose veins for cosmetic reasons or associated health problems, they will very likely suggest self-care measures such as trialling compression stockings for 6 months. However this can lead to further varicose veins complications and prolong your suffering.

Ultimately, the best way to get rid of your varicose veins and avoid issues is treating and removing them promptly with varicose vein removal treatment by a highly qualified consultant vascular surgeon, at a reputable clinic.

Consultations can be arranged with surgeons, who will undertake detailed assessment of your vein(s), including an ultrasound scan, to determine the best treatment, or in some cases, combination of treatments, for you, from a choice of treatment options.

What varicose vein treatments are available?

A range of modern, advanced, non-surgical varicose vein treatments are available, suited to different types of varicose vein cases. Some clinics choose to offer patients the more archaic method, varicose vein stripping, although at The Private Clinic we choose not to use this method due to its more invasive nature, higher varicose vein recurrence rate and longer downtime.

Please see below a range of non-surgical procedures for varicose veins:

EVLA: Standing for Endovenous Laser Ablation, EVLA is a highly recommended laser treatment for varicose vein removal, with a success rate after 5 years of 95.4% according to NICE. And how does it work? The treatment uses laser heat to collapse and destroy the varicose veins from the inside.

VenaSeal: This is a closure system using safe medical adhesive to close the vein. Often desired by needle phobic patients, the treatment is quick and painless with shorter recovery, and there is no-need for compression stockings post-treatment.

Schlerotherapy: The treatment involves the injection of a chemical into the varicose vein, which damages it and leads it to close off. The affective vein subsequently shrinks and disappears. Schlerotherapy can come in either foam or liquid form. Liquid sclerotherapy is most appropriate for small varicose veins that are not associated with underlying venous reflux and foam sclerotherapy is more suitable for larger varicose veins.

Phlebectomy: A minimally invasive surgical treatment, Phlebectomy treatments involve a hook being entered via very small incisions to the affected area (using local anaesthetic), followed by the vein being gently removed. Incisions are so small that stitches are not required.

How do I choose a clinic or surgeon for my Veins treatment?

  • Ensure that your varicose vein treatment would be carried out by a Vascular Surgeon
  • Having great impact on your results, make sure to find out the surgeons experience, including how long the vascular surgeon has been performing the treatment, and how regularly they perform it. Find out if the surgeon is board certified in the field of vascular surgery or received a vein-treatment associated certification from a respected organisation. Also, check the surgeon is qualified in treating your particular condition.
  • Ensure a range of varicose vein treatment options are available, including EVLA, Sclerotherapy, VenaSeal and Phlebectomy procedures, for peace of mind you will be recommended and treated with the appropriate procedure for you
  • Verify that preliminary evaluations are taken place before treatment, involving an imaging technique (such as ultrasound technology) to understand the location of your veins and check for any serious conditions
  • Check the clinics before and after vein treatment photos, which can provide a good indication of the results you can expect
  • Read patient reviews and testimonials to understand the kind of experience you could achieve with that clinic. These may be accessed on the clinics website, or other online sources such as Trustpilot and Google Reviews.
  • Find out about the quality of service, care and aftercare offered by the clinic. This may be available on the clinic websites, found in patient reviews, and learnt after your consultation
  • Check that the clinic is CQC (Care Quality Commission) certified

What can be achieved with varicose vein treatments?

Varicose vein removal can achieve highly effective, safe results, when performed by a highly qualified Consultant Vascular Surgeon. Please see the kind of results that have been achieved by some of our varicose vein patients, below, and see more varicose vein before and after photos on our website.


Before and after EVLA Treatment at The Private Clinic

Before and After EVLA and Phlebectomy Treatment at The Private Clinic

Before and After EVLA Treatment at The Private Clinic

Why choose The Private Clinic for Varicose Vein removal?

The Private Clinic offer some of the UK’s top Consultant Vascular Surgeons, who are pioneers in the EVLA method and have performed over 7,000 vein treatments to date. Our highly experienced surgeons always focus on tackling the route of the problem, which is why we provide a free ultrasound scan for all patients.

All of our treatments are walk-in-walk-out competitively priced treatments, performed under local anaesthetic and completed in under an hour, so you can return home shortly after.

To find out more about our varicose vein treatments please visit our website, including more details on the procedures, the answers to several varicose vein FAQs, patient stories, and more.

If you would like to arrange a varicose vein consultation with one of our Consultant Vascular Surgeons, please get in touch via 0333 920 2471 or you can request a consultation on our website. Varicose vein surgeon consultations and treatments are available in our clinics in Harley Street London, Birmingham, Bristol, Weybridge, Chelmsford, Essex, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Bournemouth and Bexhill.

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