How to treat varicose and spider veins
Okay… So most of us know a Varicose vein when we see one (spider veins are similar in appearance, but smaller), but did you also know how simple the process of removing them, or at the very least; reducing the stand-out nature of their appearance, can be? No? Then allow me to enlighten you 🙂
Depending on the severity of your condition, short wave diathermy (electro-coagulation) can be a highly effective treatment for combating the unsightly appearance of varicose and spider veins. The science behind this type of treatment is simple… A very fine needle is used to print the skin over the problem area(s) before a high-frequency electrical current is passed through the vein, which is heated then sealed.
For the treatment of larger, more troublesome veins, we utilise another method, namely; micro-sclerotherapy. Despite it being almost impossible to pronounce 😉 the actual treatment is, once again, simple to administer. It involves injecting the vein, using another very fine needle, with a substance known as sclerosant. This promotes inflammation within the vein wall, which acts to destroy it over a period of 1-3 weeks.
It would be unfair to label either treatment as painless, because they aren’t, and I’m a big believer in transparency. Instead, I think it’s fair to refer to the sensation as uncomfortable. After all, each treatment requires an injectable to be administered by a needle (although as needles go, it’s tiny). For many, it’s the end result that counts, and a few seconds of discomfort is a small price to pay for the restoration of self-confidence.
So, there you have it… You don’t have to simply put up with unsightly varicose or spider veins if you don’t want to. We can help to reduce their appearance or remove them completely, to help restore your confidence and put the smile back on your face.
To book an appointment or speak with a specialist, give the Harpenden Skin Clinic a call on 01582 822 000 or use our quick contact form.