• We have performed over 7,000 vein treatments
  • See an improvement after the first treatment
  • Little to no downtime

Thread & Spider Veins

The Problem

Similar to varicose veins, spider veins – also called thread veins, broken veins and capillary veins –are small red, blue or purple veins that usually appear near the surface of the skin on the legs, thighs, calves and ankles.

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 thread veins on legs, we provide the highest standard of clinical care, the latest technologies available in the industry. and the best vein treatments available. The Private Clinic have carried out over 7,000 procedures in treating Veins at our vein and skin clinics.

Thread vein removal treatment is available at our vein removal clinics in  London Harley Street, Birmingham, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton

“I was stoked with the results. I’ll be flashing my pins this summer!” *

Penny Carroll, Chief Sub-Editor, Women’s Fitness – Cutera Veins Treatment

  • Varicose veins are the blue or purplish enlarged veins you typically see bulging out of a person’s leg, most often on the backs of the calves or on the inside of the legs. If varicose veins are severe, don’t ignore treatment, as they can rupture or form ulcers on the skin, which 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.
  • 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.

What are Spider Veins?

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

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The Problem

Similar to varicose veins, spider veins – also called thread veins, broken veins and capillary veins –are small red, blue or purple veins that usually appear near the surface of the skin on the legs, thighs, calves and ankles.

What does Spider Veins treatment involve?

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.


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

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.

Spider Veins: How are they removed?

Spider veins removal procedure: How are they removed?

When will I see results from Thread Vein Removal Treatments?

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.

Downtime – What is the recovery time after spider veins 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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    We are the UK’s leading authority in non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic thread vein procedures, and have some of the most experienced Consultant Vascular Surgeons in the industry working with us. The practitioners who carry out our vein removal procedures are highly qualified and have successfully treated hundreds of patients using these innovative spider vein removal technologies. We are one of the few thread vein clinics to treat veins under the eyes.

    Comments from patients

    I had removal of under eye veins using the cutera coolglide done by Dr Gupta.  Having visible blue veins under my eyes as a 21-year-old girl had a significant impact emotionally and it was something I truly struggled with seeing every day. I tried to conceal them with heavy makeup which added to the upset because I would constantly worry about how it looked, and my self-esteem was at rock bottom.

    I booked an appointment with Dr Gupta to discuss the cutera coolglide treatment. He explained everything clearly and was very kind and approachable. Additionally, (not to sound cliche, but) the procedure made such a life-changing difference. The laser ablation did sting a small amount (although my nerves probably didn’t help with this), but the cool compress afterwards relieved the stinging sensation. After 2 months the blue veins had disappeared and I am now genuinely happy with the results.

    A big thank you to Dr Gupta and the team, I am extremely grateful for your help!

    M, Lonodon

    I had an appointment with Mel for thread veins at The Private Clinic in Princes Risborough. The sclerotherapy procedure was not painful and I have had no reactions following it. Although I will need more sessions to definitely get rid of the thread veins in my thigh I found Mel to be very good and professional at all times.

    Angie, Bucks

    “I’m so pleased with the results and it is really life changing for me!” *

    Nicole Hopkirk, Former Managing Editor, MSN Health

    ” All I can say is what a treatment! I literally walked in with thread veins on my legs, felt a bit of a sting during treatment, walked out slightly red, and woke up the next day with no veins. Although I could slightly feel the burn, the results were immediate. I have thread veins on my thighs and I could literally see them being zapped away. Thank you Nikola and The Private Clinic team!” *

    D.G., London

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