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Thread & Spider Veins

We have performed over 7,000 vein treatments

We have performed over 7,000 vein treatments

See an improvement after the first treatment

Little to no downtime

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We have performed over 7,000 vein treatments

See an improvement after the first treatment

Little to no downtime

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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.

Last Reviewed July 16th 2020

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Spider veins – also called thread veins, broken blood vessels, broken veins and capillary veins –are small red, blue or purple veins that usually appear near the surface of the skin on the thighs, calves and ankles but can also appear on the face.

The Private Clinic is a UK centre of excellence for the minimally invasive treatment of veins. Whether you suffer from varicose veins, facial veins, spider veins or leg thread veins, we provide the highest standard of clinical care and the latest technology. Our expert thread vein specialists will ensure you achieve the best vein treatment with little to no downtime. Where do veins appear?
  • Varicose veins are the blue or purplish enlarged veins you see on a person’s leg, most often on the backs of the calves or on the inside of the legs. If varicose veins are severe, they can rupture or form ulcers on the skin. They can require immediate attention.
  • Spider Veins (also known as Thread Veins, Broken blood vessels) are smaller veins compared to varicose veins. They are often red or blue and are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. They usually appear on the thighs and ankles and can pose a health risk. Broken vein treatment is available in many of our clinics across the UK.
  • Facial Thread Veins generally appear on the nose, chin or cheek area and often occur in Rosacea. They are easily treated.
  • Under eye veins also known as periorbital veins are a common cosmetic concern. Veins under the eye are superficial veins which start at the bridge of the nose and run below or above the eye to join venous branches on the forehead and scalp. Everyone has these veins but they can be more prominent particularly in patients with fair or thin skin. Blue vein under eye removal treatment is available at our clinic in London, UK.
  • At The Private Clinic we have pioneered a state of the art laser treatment for the removal of veins from hands and arms. We were the first clinic to perform this procedure in the UK.
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Procedure Time

1 - 1.5 hours

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Return to Work

1 - 2 weeks

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Recovery Time

6 weeks

Can thread veins be the result of an underlying varicose vein issue?

Although most people seek thread vein removal treatment for cosmetic reasons, research has shown that the majority of people with leg thread veins could have underlying vein problems. They could be minor or major varicose veins, which are often not visible from the surface, but can be found with an ultrasound scan of the legs. They can cause aching, itchiness, a feeling of heaviness in the leg and night cramps. If a patient were to have underlying varicose veins, we would provide a treatment plan to help you treat them before addressing any residual spider veins.

Our experience and latest technology mean that your veins will be treated effectively in no time at all.

Book a consultation today and your veins will be treated in no time at all.

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Before & After

We are one of the UK’s centers of excellence for minimally invasive treatments for vein problems. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent results and aftercare in Varicose Vein procedures. See our before and after Varicose Vein photos from our specialist vascular surgeons below. The best option is to book a consultation to discuss the best procedure for you and to see more before and after photos for varicose vein removal.

What to Expect

There are several Thread Veins Removal treatments available for thread veins depending where they are. We offer Sclerotherapy, as well as Laser treatments, such as our Cutera CoolGlide. Your practitioner or therapist will advise you on the most suitable treatment for your thread or spider veins, taking into consideration their location.

Spider Veins how are they removed?

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Cutera CoolGlide
  • Aftercare

Sclerotherapy Treatment

Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment that reduces the visibility of thread veins found on the legs. Prior to the start of your procedure, the treatment area will be thoroughly cleansed, usually with an alcohol based cleanser.

During broken vein treatment for the legs the affected veins or capillaries will be injected with a very thin needle containing a sclerosing agent which is dispensed at one inch intervals along the thread vein. Sclerotherapy is commonly performed with a concentrated saline solution. The sclerosing agent causes the vein walls to become sticky and blood is no longer able to pass through. When no blood is passing through, the capillaries will collapse and be absorbed by the body therefore gradually disappearing from view.

Cutera CoolGlide Treatment

The CoolGlide laser thread vein treatment directs intense light at thread veins which causes the blood within them to coagulate and divert back into veins located deeper below the surface of the skin. The targeted thread vein is then gradually absorbed by the body. The Cutera CoolGlide is effective at treating thread veins all over the body including the face.

Generally we recommend 1-2 treatments but this will depend on the amount, size and colour of the veins being treated.

After Spider Veins Treatment

The appearance of small thread veins after Sclerotherapy will be reduced after 3-6 weeks. Larger thread veins may not see results until 3-4 months.

The CoolGlide laser treatment can result in a significant improvement within two to six weeks of treatment but it can take several months to see the final results from treatment.

With both treatments you can get back to normal activities right away.

After Sclerotherapy treatment the area treated may appear red and irritated but this will fade quickly. You may also notice bruising on the veins that have been treated; these will fade after a few weeks. You will be required to wear compression stockings and you must keep the treated area out of the sun for 6 weeks post-treatment.

You must avoid exercise and sun exposure for the first 24 hours after Cutera CoolGlide laser treatment. You may notice some redness and swelling in the area treated but this should only last a few hours. Any bruising after treatment usually starts to fade after 1-2 weeks.

Sclerotherapy Treatment

Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment that reduces the visibility of thread veins found on the legs. Prior to the start of your procedure, the treatment area will be thoroughly cleansed, usually with an alcohol based cleanser.

During broken vein treatment for the legs the affected veins or capillaries will be injected with a very thin needle containing a sclerosing agent which is dispensed at one inch intervals along the thread vein. Sclerotherapy is commonly performed with a concentrated saline solution. The sclerosing agent causes the vein walls to become sticky and blood is no longer able to pass through. When no blood is passing through, the capillaries will collapse and be absorbed by the body therefore gradually disappearing from view.

Cutera CoolGlide Treatment

The CoolGlide laser thread vein treatment directs intense light at thread veins which causes the blood within them to coagulate and divert back into veins located deeper below the surface of the skin. The targeted thread vein is then gradually absorbed by the body. The Cutera CoolGlide is effective at treating thread veins all over the body including the face.

Generally we recommend 1-2 treatments but this will depend on the amount, size and colour of the veins being treated.

After Spider Veins Treatment

The appearance of small thread veins after Sclerotherapy will be reduced after 3-6 weeks. Larger thread veins may not see results until 3-4 months.

The CoolGlide laser treatment can result in a significant improvement within two to six weeks of treatment but it can take several months to see the final results from treatment.

With both treatments you can get back to normal activities right away.

After Sclerotherapy treatment the area treated may appear red and irritated but this will fade quickly. You may also notice bruising on the veins that have been treated; these will fade after a few weeks. You will be required to wear compression stockings and you must keep the treated area out of the sun for 6 weeks post-treatment.

You must avoid exercise and sun exposure for the first 24 hours after Cutera CoolGlide laser treatment. You may notice some redness and swelling in the area treated but this should only last a few hours. Any bruising after treatment usually starts to fade after 1-2 weeks.

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FAQs

  • What do the treatments involve?

    At The Private Clinic, we offer some of the best vein treatments available including;

    Sclerotherapy:

    Sclerotherapy treatment involves using a small thin needle to inject the veins with a solution called ‘sclerosing agent’ which causes them to collapse and fade, improving the appearance as well as the associated symptoms. The full benefit can take up to 12 weeks to be seen. After that you will find that the veins often continue to improve for up to a year after the treatment. Depending on the number of thread veins on the legs, several sessions may be needed to get the required results, but usually three to five will be enough.

    CoolGlide:

    The CoolGlide Laser thread vein treatment can be used, especially in the case of smaller spider veins where a needle would not be appropriate. Laser spider vein removal treatment involves directing intense light directly at the veins. This causes the blood within them to coagulate and the blood is then diverted to veins deeper below the surface of the skin where it should be.

  • How long will the results last?

    Once the veins have been removed, they are gone. However, clients should bear in mind that this does not mean new ones won’t develop. Hormonal changes, pregnancy, weight gain and occupations that involve long periods on your feet can all be contributing factors.

  • How much does Thread & Spider Veins cost?

    Thread vein removal costs for Legs

    • Cutera CoolGlide laser thread veins treatment: From £400
    • Sclerotherapy/Microsclerotherapy: from £250

    If your thread veins are more serious you might be deemed unsuitable for thread vein removal by liquid sclerotherapy  or cutera coolglide and instead referred to a Vascular surgeon for varicose vein treatment.

    Our vascular surgeons can perform:

    • Foam Sclerotherapy: from £400
    • EVLA: from £2350
    • VenaSeal: from £2960
    • Phlebectomy: from £997

    If you are having a consultation with a vascular surgeon this will cost £150 but this include a free ultrasound scan of your legs (usually priced between £350 and £450 at most clinics and private hospitals).

    Find out more about Varicose Vein treatment.

    Thread vein removal costs for facial veins

    Facial thread vein treatment with IPL: From £200

    Facial thread vein treatment Cutera CoolGlide / ND YAG: From £200

    Find out more about facial thread vein treatment.

    Thread vein removal costs for under eye veins

    Under eye thread vein treatment Cutera CoolGlide / ND YAG: From £450

    Find out more about under eye thread vein treatment.

  • What is the difference between spider veins and varicose veins?

    Spider veins and varicose veins are not the same and treatments for both will be different.

    Spider veins or thread veins are small veins that are blue or red in colour. They appear just beneath the surface of the skin often in a web-like pattern or as singular lines.

    Varicose veins often have a twisted cord-like appearance and although they sit deeper than thread veins, they often cause the skin to raise where they appear. Varicose veins can be flesh-coloured or blue and often cause pain and cramping in the legs

    To find out more about varicose veins click here.

    If you are unsure of which type of vein you have and what treatment would be suitable, make an appointment with one of our specalised vascular surgeons here.

  • Is there a thread vein treatment clinic near me?

    The Private Clinic has clinics nationwide so we are sure to have an thread vein treatment clinic located near to you although treatment options will vary from clinic to clinic.

    Our clinics are in;

    • London – 98 Harley street, W1G7HZ
    • Manchester –  25 St John Street, M3 4DT
    • Birmingham – 88 Hagley Road, B16 8LU – West Midlands
    • Leeds – 45 Park Square North, LS1 2NP – Yorkshire
    • Buckinghamshire – Stokenchurch Medical Center Oxford Road, HP14 3SX – South East England
    • Bristol – 92c Whiteladies Road, BS8 2QN – Clifton
    • Northampton – 82 Billing Road, NN1 5DF – East Midlands

    To find out more about booking a consultation at a clinic near you, contact us here.

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    From the start to finish of my T-Lift procedure, I felt in good hands. The entire team at The Private Clinic were very caring and professional. Mr Falladah is an excellent surgeon, he explained everything clearly -before and during the procedure – and has a calm and reassuring manner. Because I was well-informed regarding what to expect after surgery, I was able to manage with minimal pain medication, but I’m glad I took a couple of days off work to recover. I’m really pleased with the results – a five star recommendation!
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    Dr. Rochira performed a preservation rhinoplasty on me in December 2019. I trusted his suggestions for my nose and now, 9 months later, I couldn’t be happier with the results I’m seeing. I did not experience any bruising at all, only swelling around my eyes for the first couple of weeks — my nose itself took a few months to settle and I feel like it has really grown into the rest of my features. I entirely recommend this surgeon if you are looking for a natural result and an extremely pleasant experience.

    Why Choose The Private Clinic

    Meet our Experts

    We have varicose vein clinics all over the UK – NorthSouth East and LondonMidlands and South West and our medical team comprises senior Consultant Vascular Surgeons, each with over 15 years’ experience in the NHS. In addition Professor Rajiv Vohra has over 100 listed articles related to the vascular field and can be seen here on google scholar. We specialise in offering minimally invasive treatments and our patient satisfaction rates speak for themselves – with a success rate of over 95%.

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