Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are swollen and enlarged veins that are most common on the legs and feet. When valves in the veins become weakened or damaged the blood can collect in the vein, leading to it becoming swollen. They can be unsightly and often painful, so if you feel self-conscious about your varicose veins, then the Private Skin Laser Clinic may be able to help. The Private Skin Laser Clinic has been a leading provider of laser treatments since 1995, so you can be confident that you’re in expert hands. One of our experienced doctors will assess your needs and put together an individual treatment plan designed to give you the best outcome. We can also treat facial thread veins on an individual bases.

How can lasers be used to treat varicose veins?

Varicose veins can be painful and unsightly, but the Private Laser Clinic LLP in London can safely and effectively remove them. We offer two types of laser removal treatment:

Simple laser treatment is performed on the outside of the skin and can treat smaller varicose veins just underneath the skin’s surface. More than one laser session is likely to be needed to achieve desirable and effective results, and we will advise you on how frequent is best for you at your initial consultation.

Endovenous laser treatment can treat larger varicose veins in the legs. A laser fibre is passed through a thin tube into the vein while your doctor supervises the vein on an ultrasound screen. This method is less painful than ‘stripping’ the vein and allows a shorter recovery time. Only local anaesthesia or a light sedation is required for this treatment, and you will retain the ability to walk after. Depending on vein size, you may need a secondary appointment for simple laser treatment on larger veins to achieve your desired result.

Why come to the Private Skin Laser Clinic for varicose vein removal?

Although many salons are now offering laser treatments for varicose veins, very few can offer the skill and expertise embodied by our doctor-led team that has been in practise for 20 years. We regularly contribute to research that is shaping the future of lasers both medicinally and aesthetically. Our experienced staff will always give honest and transparent consultation, so you can be assured we will always do right by our patients.


  • What are the unwanted side effects of laser treatment on varicose veins?

    Side effects can include burns on the skin, skin pigmentation or colour changes, prickling feeling after recovery due to nerve damage, and possible blood clotting in the vein. The more experience your doctor has the less risk you are likely to have, so rest assured that you are professional and medically trained hands with the Skin Laser Clinic, London.

    Scarring is a potential problem but is very rare. If it does occur, it is usually in the form of some change in texture of the skin, which may return to normal in time. In some individuals a thick (keloid) scar can develop.

    Laser light can bring out cold sores. If you are taking anticoagulant tablets such as Warfarin extra care is needed, so do make sure the doctor knows.

  • What is varicose vein treatment aftercare?

    In most cases, patients receiving treatment do not need a hospital stay and can return home the same day. A full recovery, meaning the reinstitution of normal, takes about 2 weeks.

    A sun tan blocks the laser light, so avoid the sun or use a strong sun block (SPF 20 or more) before and during the course of treatment. Keep the area to be treated as pale as possible. Avoid prolonged wetting of the treated area. A quick shower will not cause problems, but do not let the area get soggy.

    Be gentle with the treated area until it has settled down so as to minimise the risk of scars. It should not need a dressing as long as you can resist picking and scratching.

    If redness increases around the bruises, especially if accompanied by crusting or weeping, contact the clinic or your own doctor as it may be infected.

  • How much does varicose vein laser removal cost?

    The price of varicose vein laser removal varies depending on individual cases. A consultation is needed prior to treatment to assess each individual patient and their needs, and from their your doctor can build a picture of how many sessions you may need and therefore your treatment cost. No two individuals are the same, so a personal care plan will be built with you in mind.

  • How do I take care of the treated area?

    After the procedure, wear your compression stockings for at least 3 days and only take them off for showering and sleeping. This will help promote proper blood flow so the more you wear them, the better you will feel.

    Take time to avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for 2 weeks but do not become inactive; a regular walking routine will improve your overall circulation and helps to prevent clots. Don’t overwork yourself, but as your stiffness gradually decreases you can increase your walking distance and frequency.