The most popular treatment for varicose veins we have for our patients is the EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation)
- Safe and painless laser varicose vein removal procedure
- Same day walk in walk out treatment
- Removes the veins in your legs permanently
- Over a 95% success rate
- Available at our London Vein Treatment Centre
- NICE guidelines recognise that EVLA is the best way to remove the majority of varicose veins
- The NHS tends not to treat varicose veins until they are severe in nature as they deem them cosmetic so seeking private treatments in many cases are now the only option.
Specific aftercare advice will be given depending on which varicose vein treatment you choose (based on your veins and our surgeon’s advice). This general advice will help you to plan for your recovery:
After Treatment DON’T:
- Drive home – ask someone to collect you or our receptionists can call a taxi when you’re ready
- Fly for 3-4 days
- Do any strenuous exercise or swim for 1 week
- Use tanning lotions or sunbeds for 6 weeks in the treated areas
After Treatment You CAN:
- Eat and drink as normal
- Return to work the next day in most cases
- Walk – gentle exercise is helpful to your recovery
Specific preparation advice will be given depending on which varicose vein treatment you choose (based on your veins and our surgeon’s advice). This general advice will help you to plan for your treatment:
Before Treatment DON’T:
- Shave the legs/bikini area within 3 days of the procedure
- Apply moisturising cream on the day of the procedure
Before Treatment DO:
- Eat and drink as normal on the day of the procedure
- Wear comfortable baggy clothing and loose slip-on shoes or slippers
- Continue with your regular medications
Surgical Vein Removal
Vein stripping is a method in which the NHS traditionally tends to use for treating varicose veins. However, it was associated with a high failure rate (50%) and painful long recovery. The NHS now do very little varicose vein removal. Vein stripping is no longer the first choice for varicose veins and we do not offer it at Cosmedics Skin Clinics. The treatment has been superseded by EVLA (laser varicose vein treatment).
Laser treatment for varicose veins means the old version of surgical ‘stripping’ or pulling out of the veins is now rarely performed. Micro or minimally invasive surgery has now superseded all the previous forms of vein surgery.
Microsurgery Vein Removal
Microsurgery is carried out in some cases at the same time as the endovenous laser treatment to help remove small areas that are simply too bulky to melt away. This procedure is known as phlebectomy and can also be used on its own for smaller veins if indicated. By using micro incisions that are only 2mm in size the wounds heal very quickly and leave no marks, only super smooth legs. Phlebectomy (surgical removal of veins) is done under local anaesthetic. Firstly, the surgeon will make micro punctures or tiny incisions in the varicose vein. Then the varicose veins are removed using a special phlebectomy hook which is used to pull out each varicose vein in turn. The incisions are so small that no stitches are required. Phlebectomy is included within our laser varicose vein removal procedure to ensure the best results and pricing. Microsurgical vein removal is also available on its own from £500. During your consultation, your vascular surgeon will explain your options to you and help you decide which treatment is best for you.