We explore varicose vein treatments and the best time of year to have them performed.
Winter: a time when it’s acceptable to cover our least favourite body parts without anyone wondering why. But, at The Private Clinic, we don’t believe this is how you should feel. Confidence and making you feel more like yourself is what we’re all about and sometimes the colder seasons can be a time to address this, rather than hiding away.
If you’re considering Varicose Vein treatment, it’s normally when the summer sun and holidays beckon that we decide to take action, but having treatment during the colder months can actually be beneficial. Even when working with the most minimally-invasive, effective treatments on the market, recovery time is still important and should always be a consideration. Time out of the sun and an opportunity to cover healing areas can be really beneficial to help you get the best results from your varicose vein treatment.
EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) treatment is one of the most popular choices for those looking to get rid of Varicose Veins, and is the recommended Gold Standard according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The treatment is minimally-invasive, using radio frequency energy to collapse damaged veins. However, despite this, swelling and bruising is a regular occurrence that normally lasts for a couple of weeks following treatment. Likewise, you’ll need to wear stockings and bandages during your recovery which isn’t ideal in hotter times of the year.
VenaSeal is a closure system that uses medical adhesive to close varicose veins. Local anaesthetic will be used to numb the area and then a small catheter is inserted. An ultrasound is then used to guide the catheter through the veins being treated leaving small amounts of medical grade Sapheon Glue that effectively closes the vein allowing it to then naturally be absorbed in the body. VenaSeal is a great option for patients who have a needle phobia as VenaSeal only requires a single injection per vein. Most patients are not required to wear compression stockings after treatment and are able to return to daily activities such as work and exercise a lot sooner.
Sclerotherapy is commonly used for very small veins. In the treatment a chemical is injected into any damaged veins to cause their walls to collapse, and get rid of the problem safely. Like EVLA, while the treatment is minimally invasive, bruising can take a few weeks (sometimes even a couple of months) to thoroughly disappear, depending on your body. If you’re planning a holiday or an event with your legs on show, it is therefore recommended to leave enough time beforehand for the appearance to improve.
A minimally invasive Phlebectomy procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and involves removing the varicose veins via small incisions. The vein is instantly removed from the leg and due to the small incisions, no stitches are required. You will be advised to wear compression stockings post-procedure to promote healing and increase blood flow to the area but you should be back to everyday activities very soon after the procedure.
At The Private Clinic we don’t use vein stripping as a removal technique, in accordance with NICE guidelines.
Regardless of the treatment, you’re undertaking, one of the most important things to think about during recovery is your chance of flying which is a known cause of Deep Vein Thrombosis. Also known as DVT, deep vein thrombosis is a condition caused by a blood clot in the deep veins, which occurs when blood flows too slowly and blocks up the veins. DVT has been linked strongly to travelling, particularly on long-haul flights, and the risk of it occurring is even greater after any form of surgery, with a likelihood of around 1 in 1,000. It is for this reason we normally recommend against flying for anything from 3 days to a few weeks, depending on your individual case and how long your flight will be.
Winter doesn’t have to be an excuse for hiding; it can be a time for change. With less of us jetting off on holiday and pretty much the whole season spent in understandably fuller clothing, it can be a great time for those interested in undertaking Varicose Vein treatment to think about it. However, this doesn’t mean you should rush into it. Treatment should always be something you take seriously and any medical professional you work with should make that clear. At The Private Clinic we include a free ultrasound scan (worth £350) with every vein consultation; we want to understand what’s causing your vein problem and make sure we solve it.
Why choose The Private Clinic for Varicose Vein Removal?
- The least invasive methods for varicose veins and thread veins removal treatment for your legs, body and face.
- Our Consultant vascular surgeons are pioneers in EVLA(Endovenous Laser Ablation) and have treated thousands of patients.
- No lengthy downtime or recovery required.
- The NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) Gold Standard for treatment of Varicose Veins findings show that the success rate after five years for EVLA is 95.4%.
- A consultation with one of our Consultant Vascular Surgeons costs £150, including a free ultrasound scan of your legs (usually priced between £350 and £450 at most clinics and private hospitals).
- We focus on the underlying cause of your veins and you will only see a Consultant Vascular surgeon for varicose veins.
- We have treated thousands of patients who have regained their confidencewhilst avoiding health issues.
- Treatment takes one hour, you can go home shortly after being treated.
- 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.
- We have carried out over 7,000 procedures in treating Veins.
- 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.
Expert Vascular Surgeons
- Mr Constantinos Kyriakides, MD, FRCS(Gen). GMC 3275436
- Mr Dynesh Rittoo, MBChB, FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Gen Surg). GMC 3556456
- Mr Charles Ranaboldo, BM, FRCS, MS. GMC Number: 2939195
- Professor Rajiv Kumar Vohra, MBBS. GMC Number: 3158700
- Mr Tahir Hussain, MBBS,MS, FRCS. GMC Number: 3242669
- Mr Rajiv Pathak, MBBS, MS, FRCS, FRCS(Gen). GMC Number: 4585309
- Mr Ferdinand Serracino-Inglott, MD, FRCSI, FRCS(Gen), DIC MSc. GMC Number: 5206200
To find out more about varicose vein treatments at The Private Clinic or to book a consultation, please call 0333 920 2471 or use our Varicose Vein online contact form.