Spider (Thread) Vein Removal

Spider (thread) vein removal

Having thread or spider veins is a common condition that profoundly affects wellbeing, and can become a serious concern. Yet all too often, they are left untreated, or - worse still - treated by an unqualified clinician

Spider vein treatment

How to get rid of spider veins

Thanks to years of research and experience, thread veins of all sizes, including those that appear on the face around the nose, the hands, and the legs can be treated with minimally-invasive procedures, most notably the Veinwave technique and Microsclerotherapy


Also known as 'Thermavein', Veinwave is a form of thermal coagulation, where a precisely-targeted source of heat is used to seal, collapse, and gently remove the damaged veins. It’s highly effective, and delivers far better outcomes than laser treatments, which risk discolouring or damaging your skin

This treatment is different to Radiofrequency Ablation, which is used on larger varicose veins

During a regular treatment session, the vascular specialist administers a local anaesthetic to numb the treatment area. The surrounding tissue is then protected by the application of a cooling agent. Next, a fine needle is inserted and microwave energy is carefully directed to the affected vein(s), which causes them to collapse and become naturally reabsorbed into the body

The average treatment session lasts up to 30 minutes. While some finer facial thread veins can be removed during just one session, most patients require between 1 and 3 sessions. There is no downtime, and it is not necessary for you to arrange someone to pick you up after treatment, even if you’ve just received treatment for spider veins on the legs


This straightforward treatment involves injecting a saline solution into the veins, which destroys them and causes them to fade and be reabsorbed into the body. As soon as the solution is inserted, the vein needs to be compressed; this is done by taping a cotton swab to the skin. Larger veins may require foam sclerotherapy and the use of duplex ultrasound, allowing your surgeon to target and monitor the affected veins with greater precision

This process was designed as a gentle alternative to remove spider veins, meaning that local anaesthesia is not necessary. Even if you are someone who is not particularly fond of injections, there is no need to worry; most patients report only minor discomfort during treatment

When treating spider veins on the legs, feet or hands, we often combine the Veinwave technique with Microsclerotherapy

Microsclerotherapy sessions last, on average, between 30 and 40 minutes and a follow-up appointment will be booked immediately after treatment. Thread veins on the legs, feet, hands and elsewhere may need 3 to 4 sessions; we usually recommend a 6 to 8 week wait between each appointment

What to expect

Whether at our London Harley Street or Manchester Pall Mall clinic, your first step will be to come in for a detailed consultation with one of our specialists, so that they can advise you on the best treatment option

Depending on the outcome of this session, we’ll book you in for your treatment. Our treatments are all minimally invasive, which means you’ll be able to walk in and out the same day

How does much treatment cost?

At the UK Vein Clinic, we strive to offer our treatments at an affordable, fixed rate. For spider veins, the initial consultation costs £135, and then each treatment session is £395. Existing varicose vein patients are entitled to treatments at £300 per session

To learn more about pricing and packages, click here

Why UK Vein Clinic

We are the UK's only doctor-led spider vein removal specialists. Led by clinical evidence and a rigorous care pathway, we have perfected thread vein treatments that are not just effective, but are designed to deliver the best outcome and highest standards of care to our patients

Help us find the right treatment for you

Have you been meaning to get your spider veins treated for some time but keep putting it off? We’re here to help. If you have any concerns regarding pain, downtime, side effects or recovery, we would be more than happy to give you the guidance you need

Take the first step to healthy veins and get in touch with us today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you get rid of spider veins naturally?

No. When looking for treatment options online, you’ll likely come across many alternative remedies that are claimed to naturally stop spider veins from developing. These include creams, apple cider vinegar, red wine, witch hazel, and vaporub, among others

These remedies are not backed by scientific evidence, and any indication of success is purely anecdotal. If you’re unsure about any claims that you come across, we’d be happy to provide you with relevant information and help you find the right solution for your spider veins

Is spider vein treatment painful?

No. During Veinwave treatment sessions, a numbing agent is used to make the procedure virtually painless. And during Microsclerotherapy, no anaesthetic is needed as this simple technique only involves injecting a saline solution into the damaged veins

Can you get rid of spider veins without surgery?

Absolutely. Contrary to popular belief, vein stripping is not the only way to get rid of varicose veins. Patients who undergo this form of treatment experience a more complex recovery process and often see their varicose veins or spider veins coming back after some time. Currently, the best way to make thread veins disappear is through minimally-invasive techniques such as Veinwave and Microsclerotherapy

Where to find us

We're pleased to be able to provide our world-class spider vein treatment in a variety of places throughout the United Kingdom. Learn more about your treatment options, including Microsclerotherapy and Veinwave treatment, at the clinic closest to you


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