Spider Veins

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Cost: £200 – £400 per session

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Treatment Time: Around 30 Minutes - 1 Hour

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Recovery Time: No Downtime

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Longevity: Around 3 - 6 Months

Everything You need to know about Spider Veins

What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are dilated or stretched blood vessels that have a branching pattern. Spider vein treatments are used to treat the affected veins and erase them from the skin. 

Why do people have Spider Veins treatment?
People choose to have spider vein treatment to improve the appearance of spider veins.

Am I a good candidate?
If you have visible veins on your legs, thighs or face that have a branching or weblike pattern, then you may want to consider spider vein treatment.

However, it is very important that you are in good health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, before undergoing this procedure.

Another important consideration is that you should not be pregnant and you should not have a history of blood clot formation.

What are my options?
Spider veins can be treated with sclerotherapy or with lasers. The complete removal of spider veins is not expected in the first treatment and multiple treatments are required for optimal results.

Lasers are typically used to treat small to medium-sized blood vessels (1-3 mm) that usually occur in the face. A handpiece is passed over the skin and the laser light is absorbed by the blood, causing the vessels to coagulate and be absorbed by the body.

Sclerotherapy is effective for medium-sized blood vessels (>3mm). A sclerosing solution is injected into the vein with a micro-needle which causes the vein to shrink, turn white and then gradually disappear.

What should I look out for?
Spider Veins are relatively low risk in the hands of a good medical practitioner. Serious complications are rare.

Other risks specific to spider veins surgery are outlined below:

  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Discolouration of the skin.