Thread Veins are those tiny superficial veins that appear just under the surface of the face and legs. Varicose Veins are the large blue veins that are found in the legs.
Thread Veins can be treated with injections of Fibrovein or Sclerovein (hence the name Sclerotherapy) directly into the vein. These causes the capillary wall to collapse and the veins to disappear from the surface of the skin. Anesthetic is not required and patients can returns home shortly after the procedure.
With Varicose Veins there are three techniques available. Firstly, Sclerotherapy can be used as with Thread Veins. However, often this isn't substantial enough to solve the problem.
The second Varicose Vein technique is Avulsion where the surgeon will make a small number incisions along the vein and he will physically remove it.
Finally, Varicose Veins can be removed through Stripping where the surgeon makes an incision in the groin, knee and ankle and proceeds to pull the vein out.
Risks and side effects
Sclerotherapy has very few risks or complications. Avulsion and stripping techniques on the other hand can leave cause brown pigment stains, permanent scarring and possible bleeding from the incision area.
Cost and prices
The price of vein removal depends on the technique used and the level of treatment required. Contact your local private cosmetic surgery clinic for more information.
NHS, private or abroad
Varicose vein removal may be available on the NHS if you can show that there is a clinical need for the procedure. However the treatment is widely available at most private cosmetic surgery clinics in the UK and abroad.
Is medical treatment abroad a good idea or is it less safe than in the UK?