Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are rope like veins that usually appear on the legs and feet.  They are associated with vein disease, a progressive disease that tends to get worse with age. Whilst factors such as diet and exercise can help mitigate symptoms, the disease will tend to get worse with age.  It is for this reason that treatment is recommended to avoid future complications

What are spider / thread veins?

Spider or thread veins are red, purple or blue veins that are visible through the skin. They are usually smaller veins and appear as a network of thin, damaged veins that are visible through the skin. Unlike larger varicose veins, they may appear on the legs, feet, face or hands

What are my treatment options?

The most effective treatment to get rid of damaged veins is to collapse and block them completely so that they are naturally reabsorbed into the body. Our clinic offers both varicose vein treatment and spider vein removal. The treatment you will have will depend on your particular case, as advised by your specialist

How much does it cost?

You can click here for varicose vein treatment prices and here for spider vein treatment prices

How long does treatment take, and how long is the recovery?

In most cases, treatment should take under an hour and, as it is a non-invasive procedure, patients can walk in-and-out of the clinic on the same day. Although results may be seen immediately, it can take up to 5-6 weeks of healing and recovery time for all signs of the treatment to fade

What are the symptoms of varicose veins? Do they hurt?

Varicose veins may become itchy or painful. They can cause the skin to dry out and become discoloured, and varicose veins can lead to numbness or heaviness in the feet and legs. For more information, you can visit our varicose vein symptoms page here

Are there any home remedies, natural remedies or creams that will help?

There aren’t any effective natural remedies for varicose or spider veins. Some people may suggest trying apple cider vinegar, coconut oil or vitamin C. Unfortunately none of these things will help the damaged veins, which are trapped under the skin. While topical creams may temporarily mask or cover spider veins, none of them have any effect on the veins themselves. Retinoid creams may temporarily obscure the veins, but they will reappear as soon as the effects wear off

Are there any exercises that can help?

Leg exercises are good for overall health and the health of your veins. This may help prevent varicose veins from forming but there are no exercises that will get rid of them once they have appeared. Here are some low impact exercises that you can incorporate into your daily routine

Do compression stockings help?

Compression stockings can help to support veins in the legs and are good for both preventing varicose veins from forming and are helpful in recovery. However, they won’t get rid of varicose veins that have already formed. You can read more about compression stockings and varicose veins in our Blog here

Can I get treatment through the NHS?

Most varicose vein treatments are not available through the NHS. In very severe cases they may be covered if they are causing a lot of pain or putting the patient at risk of further complications. But for most people this is not the case and the NHS is unlikely to cover treatment. You can find more information in our blog article, ‘Varicose Veins & The NHS: All You Need To Know

Are varicose veins dangerous?

By themselves, varicose veins are not dangerous. However, they can lead to more serious complications that are associated with varicose veins, including venous ulcers, May-Thurner Syndrome, and Deep Vein Thrombosis

Will varicose veins go away on their own?

Unfortunately varicose veins won’t go away on their own, and will remain until they are treated

Is the treatment permanent, or will they return?

The treatments for varicose veins are permanent. However, new varicose veins may form in the future. This is especially the case for people in high risk groups

Who is at higher risk of developing varicose veins?

Women are more likely to form varicose veins than men. Pregnant women are also more likely to have varicose veins due to increased blood volume. Other risk factors include age, obesity, a family history of varicose veins and sitting or standing in the same position for extended periods of time

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Where to find us

We're pleased to be able to provide our world-class varicose vein treatment in a variety of places throughout the United Kingdom. Learn more about your treatment options, including endovenous radio-frequency ablation (EVRF) and foam sclerotherapy, at the clinic closest to you

Greater London Area

150 Harley Street
London W1G 7LQ

Thames Valley Area

The Bridge Clinic, The Gatehouse
156-160 Bridge Road
Maidenhead SL6 8DG

North West Area

Pall Mall Medical Centre
61 King Street
Manchester M2 4PD