Varicose Veins Removal

As part of our collaboration with our surgical provider sister clinic, The Private Clinic of Harley Street, we are now offering patients a range of minimally invasive varicose vein treatments, including spider veins and thread veins treatments.

Our sister clinic is a UK leader in varicose vein removal, having performed over 7,000 vein treatments. They have over 35 years’ experience focusing on quality, outstanding care and patient satisfaction. We are delighted to bring you their medical expertise and multi-award-winning services in this key cosmetic field.

Consultations are available at our London clinic.

The Cosmetic Skin Clinic’s collaboration with The Private Clinic of Harley Street

The Private Clinic has been featured on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, Tatler‘ Treatments on Trial: Best Treatment for Unsightly Veins, TLC’s My Naked Secret and featured in Harper’s Bazaar’s Cosmetic Tweakment Trends and The Daily Mail for varicose vein removal.

Consultations for varicose vein removal are available at our clinic in London.

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins appear as enlarged, swollen, twisted or lumpy veins that are most commonly found on the legs or ankles. Often blue or purple in colour, the veins can be painful and can lead to a range of associated problems like swollen feet, dry skin, muscle cramps and leg discomfort.

What causes varicose veins?

Veins carry blood towards the heart by allowing the blood to flow upwards against the pull of gravity through a series of muscle contractions and one-way valves. When these valves weaken, they fail to close properly, which allows the blood to flow backwards and cause the vein to bulge.

How to remove Varicose Veins?

Left untreated, varicose veins can increase the risk of ulcers, blood clots and other venous diseases. However, although it is not possible to avoid varicose veins, there are procedures designed to reduce or remove them.

Varicose Vein Consultations

It all starts with a varicose vein consultation with our leading team of expert Consultant Vascular Surgeons. With decades of experience, our Consultant Vascular Surgeons will offer the best choice of vascular treatments for your concern. They will create a bespoke patient centred approach with our gold standard treatments. You will receive first class support and aftercare in our clinic where we have performed over 7000 vein procedures.

Consultations are available with Mr Tahir Hussain, Consultant Vascular Surgeon at our Devonshire Place, London clinic at: 8 Devonshire Pl, Marylebone, London W1G 6HP

Best treatment options and how they work

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)

EVLA treatment is a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anaesthetic that uses laser heat to collapse the wall of the vein which will then be gradually absorbed by the body. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) which is a non-departmental public body that encourages the best healthcare practices across the country, names EVLA as the Gold Standard for treating varicose veins.

With a 95.4% success rate, walk-in, walk-out procedure, it is by far the most popular choice amongst our patients.


VenaSeal is a quick and painless treatment that is ideal for patients who may have a needle phobia as it only requires minimal injections. Performed under local anaesthetic; a small catheter will be guided through the affected veins using ultrasound imaging. Small amounts of medical grade Sapheon Glue is then dispensed via a VenaSeal tool to close the vein. Once the vein is closed the blood is re-routed to healthy veins deeper within the leg and the original varicose vein is gradually absorbed by the body.

Foam Sclerotherapy

Foam sclerotherapy treatment involves injecting the veins with a solution mixed with air which creates the foam. This foamy substance coats the walls of the veins causing inflammation which results in the blood being pushed out and the vein walls becoming sticky. Eventually the veins will start to shrink and be naturally absorbed by the body. Performed under local anaesthetic this treatment can take as little as 30 minutes.


A Phlebectomy procedure is commonly performed on larger varicose veins that are close to the surface of the skin. The procedure requires small incisions being made on the leg to remove the varicose veins via a hook. The treatment is performed under local anaesthetic and the incisions will not requires stitches.

Varicose Veins Removal

Before & Afters


Varicose veins commonly present themselves as lumpy / bulging veins found out the surface of the legs, although they can be present in other areas such as around the ankle and foot. Varicose veins may also be dark purple or blue in colour. If you have varicose veins you may experience an itchy sensation around the site of the veins, pain after sitting or standing for extended periods of time, a consistent aching feeling in the leg and burning, swelling or muscle cramping in the lower legs.

The role of veins is to carry blood towards the heart. In order to do this, the blood has to flow upwards against gravity, so it is helped along by a series of muscle contractions and one-way valves. If the valves become weak or break, they do not close properly and the blood flows back to the legs where, over a period of time, the veins will start to bulge. These damaged veins serve no purpose, which means it is perfectly safe to remove them.

Varicose veins most commonly appear on the legs and thighs, but can appear in other areas too.

Varicose veins are not only an unsightly nuisance but they can also pose a potential health risk. They can put you at risk of blood clots, ulcers, swelling, hyperpigmentation and venous disease.

Patients suffering with varicose veins report symptoms such as pain and discomfort in the legs, itchiness, fatigue and swelling of the skin. These symptoms can worsen if varicose veins remain untreated. If you are currently not experiencing symptoms, these are likely to develop over time.


There is no age limit for varicose vein treatment. We can treat anyone who is over the age of 18 and is healthy.

All varicose vein consultations are surgeon-led and include a free ultrasound scan worth over £350. This ensures that your varicose veins are examined with the utmost accuracy and your treatment is tailored to you.

During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss with you exactly what the problem is, where it originates from and what the available treatment options are. You will also be given a detailed treatment plan with full cost and pricing details.


Varicose Veins can be commonly found on legs and thighs including your calf.

Depending on the Varicose Vein treatment that is recommended for you, the price can start from £997.

A consultation with our Vascular Surgeon costs £200 and includes the duplex ultrasound scan of your legs.

The Duplex Scan is important because it can identify the underlying cause of your varicose vein problems whether they are on your legs or other smaller vein issues. The scan provides a first-hand view of your varicose vein concerns ensuring we can resolve them with an accurate and bespoke service.

Many other clinics charge £250-£300 for the consultation only, and then charge you further for the scan.

There is no limit on the amount of veins that can be treated on the same day. However, there is a limit on the amount of local anaesthetic that can be safely used in one sitting. We also have patients who prefer to only treat one leg at a time to reduce downtime. You will be advised of the best procedure plan at your consultation.

EVLA, Sclerotherapy, VenaSeal and Phlebectomy procedures are all carried out under local anaesthetic so you won’t feel discomfort during the procedure. Some patients may experience a little discomfort afterwards, but this is minimal.

Generally EVLA takes approximately 45 minutes. Sclerotherapy can take less than 30 minutes. VenaSeal can take between 30-60 minutes and Phlebectomy procedures take between 30 minutes to an hour.

You should be able to see a difference straight away after most varicose vein treatments, but as you are required to wear the compression stocking for at least a week afterwards, your leg will not be visible.

When you remove the stocking, you will notice a big difference in the appearance of your treated leg. There will be some bruising, but the visible varicose veins should have disappeared. We advise that usually you will be able to see the final results of your treatment 6 weeks post-procedure.

VenaSeal does not require a compression stocking and so you may see results of the treatment much quicker.

Best results are seen after EVLA treatment where there is less than 10% chance of the veins returning. This is due to the EVLA method being very comprehensive at sealing the vein.

Although it is unlikely for the same vein to appear again after treatment, we average that there is a 1% chance of new veins developing for each year after treatment.

As with any medical treatment or procedure, there are always certain risks or side effects that you should be aware of.

Common side effects from EVLA and Foam Sclerotherapy include swelling and bruising. However, this should subside over the following weeks.

Common side effects from the VenaSeal treatment include mild pain in the treatment area, inflammation and skin numbness. Again this should only last up to 2 weeks.


Varicose veins treatments are walk-in, walk-out procedures with the majority of patients able to return to everyday activities straight away.

We do advise that any strenuous exercise is avoided for at least 5 days and should be returned to at a gradual pace. This is to avoid unnecessary injury but it is recommended that you take regular walks to keep active.

We do not recommend that you drive yourself home following your varicose vein treatment.

We advise that after varicose vein treatments, you wear the compression stocking for two weeks. You can remove it for showers. Our practitioner will explain all at your consultation.

We recommend that you do not travel on a plane for at least 3 weeks after your varicose vein treatment.

You can go to our prestigious London clinic for your Varicose Vein consultation at the below address:

8 Devonshire Pl, Marylebone, London W1G 6HP

Our London clinic is easily reached via the surrounding areas: Battersea, Fulham, Regents Park, Primrose Hill, St Johns Wood, Victoria, West End, Mayfair, Knightsbridge, West Brompton, Westminster, Islington, Hampstead, Marylebone, Hyde Park, Green Park, Bayswater, Soho, Notting Hill, Kings Road, South Kensington, Kensington, Chelsea, Belgravia, Fitzrovia, Holland Park, Earls Court, and Highgate. The nearest tube stations to our London, Devonshire Place clinic.

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