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All about Varicose Veins

Struggling with varicose veins? A common condition, varicose veins affects up to 40 percent of adults so you are definitely not alone. While some with the condition are not currently troubled by their varicose veins, for others, the condition presents a great nuisance. Some can be affected in terms of confidence or by symptoms such as aching and swelling, or they may be experiencing or worried about associated health complications.

If you are affected by such problems, you may be considering removing your varicose veins. We are here to give you the low down on different varicose vein treatment options, as well as discuss what causes the condition in the first place, and more…

How do I get rid of varicose veins on my legs?


There are a range of advanced and effective treatments for varicose vein removal that work in different ways and are suited to different varicose vein cases. We believe treatment should only be performed by a Consultant Vascular Surgeon who is fully qualified and trained in varicose vein removal.

Some patients look for treatment through the NHS. Although, it is important to note that for varicose veins with and without complications, the NHS typically always first advise self-care measures for a long trial period, such as wearing compression stockings. Although, we do not advise this route as delaying treatment can cause varicose vein problems to exacerbate.

Your Veins Treatment Best Options

As we mentioned, there are several varicose vein treatment options and the best one for you will be determined by a Consultant Vascular Surgeon. Options differ in their techniques, downtimes and success rates. Although, at The Private Clinic we choose to only offer the following effective, minimally-invasive treatments which take less than an hour to complete and do not require large surgical incisions and general anaesthetic: EVLA, Sclerotherapy, Phlebectomy and VenaSeal.

  • EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) is a safe, highly effective laser ablation method for varicose vein removal. The treatment uses an ultrasound tool to locate the damaged vein, before using laser heat technology to obliterate the wall of the vein.
  • Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a foam solution which acts as an irritant into the vein, creating inflammation pushing blood out of the area. This damages the veins internal lining and eventually closes off or collapses the vein, which disappears within a few weeks.
  • Phlebectomy is performed under local anaesthetic and requires tiny incisions to be made, to insert a hook to remove the affected vein. No stitches are needed with incisions being very small. This treatment is most effective on large bulging varicose veins that are close to the surface of the skin.
  • VenaSeal treatment uses safe medical adhesive to close off the affected vein. A catheter is used to dispense small measures of the medical grade glue inside the vein, in order to close it. When the vein is sealed, the blood is re-routed via healthy veins that are deeper within the leg, and your body eventually absorbs the original varicose vein. The treatment is a good option for needle phobic patients, and also does not require the use of compression stockings temporarily post treatment.

Before and After EVLA at The Private Clinic

What is the most effective treatment for varicose veins?

EVLA is considered to be the Gold Standard Treatment for varicose vein removal by NICE, (the National Institute for Clinical Excellence), an organisation aiming to encourage best healthcare practices nationwide. The safe, minimally invasive, treatment has an outstanding success rate, of 95.4% after 5 years, according to NICE.

Although EVLA can be used in many cases, not everyone is eligible for the procedure. Some varicose vein cases are best suited to other highly effective techniques, or a combination of different treatments. For example, the new innovative, quick treatment VenaSeal, may be the best method for some patients.

How can I relieve varicose veins?

If you’re waiting for treatment and feeling discomfort from common varicose vein symptoms there are several ways to relieve the pain, including the below. But please note that these are only a temporary fix of symptoms and do not mean varicose vein complications are prevented. Only treatments are able to remove the varicose veins and help you avoid health problems.

  • Elevate your legs: Elevating your legs on a raised surface such as a table or pillow will make it easier for your lower body’s blood flow to circulate towards your heart, and help valves function more effectively.
  • Wearing compression stockings: The hosiery can prevent some symptoms, including heavy legs and swelling, which helps you to avoid cramps.
  • Showering your legs with cold water: Cooler temperatures can shrink blood vessels which will help with swelling and heavy legs, in addition to overall discomfort and cramps.
  • Exercise: Exercise helps support healthy blood circulation, so try to move as often as you can and stretch your legs.

What causes varicose veins in legs?

Varicose veins are usually a result of weak vein walls and valves. Inside your veins are minuscule one-way valves which open in order to let your blood pass through, and seal to stop blood flowing in a backwards direction. Sometimes, your vein walls can become stretched and their elasticity decreases, which leads the valves to become weaker. When valves become too weak or break, and stop functioning as usual, failing to properly close, the blood travels back to your legs, and collects in the veins which bulge and become swollen and enlarged. With no purpose, these damaged, enlarged veins are completely safe to be removed.

And what are the risk factors for developing varicose veins? You are more susceptible to developing varicose veins if you are pregnant, overweight, female, of older age, have an occupation involving standing for long periods, have a close relative who has varicose veins, as well as other factors.

Varicose Vein Removal at The Private Clinic

The Private Clinic are proud to be one of the UK’s clinics of excellence for treating veins through minimally invasive solutions, offering our patients:

  • Highly qualified and esteemed Consultant Vascular Surgeons for all treatments, who are experts in minimally invasive varicose vein removal and pioneers of the EVLA method.
  • Over 7,000 vein treatments performed to date.
  • Minimally invasive treatments, taking under an hour, with no need for large surgical incisions or general anaesthetic.
  • A free ultrasound scan in surgeon consultations, often priced between £350 and £450 elsewhere.
  • Highest consideration to the care and aftercare of our patients.
  • No lengthy downtimes or recovery required.
  • We focus on the underlying cause of your veins and you will only see a Consultant Vascular surgeon for varicose veins.
  • Owing to our success, we have been featured on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies , TLC’s My Naked Secret and featured in Harper’s Bazaar’s Cosmetic Tweakment Trends for 2019.
  • View our varicose vein before and after photos.
  • Read our extensive varicose vein FAQs.
  • Take a look at our varicose vein patient stories.
  • Find out more information in our varicose vein blogs.
  • Download our varicose veins brochure.

If you would like to book a varicose vein consultation please get in touch on 0333 920 2471 or use our varicose vein online contact form.

Consultations are available in: London Harley Street, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Northampton, Leeds, Bournemouth and Bexhill.

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