26.05.2024

How can I get rid of my unsightly varicose veins?

Q I have developed two nasty-looking varicose veins on my legs. Can anything non-invasive get rid of them in time for summer?

A I won’t lie; the body takes up to a year to eliminate treated varicose veins.

But a procedure called VenaSeal is more convenient and less painful than others.

A minimally invasive surgical technique, it essentially glues veins shut, provided they’re not very superficial, in which case the consultant will suggest an alternative treatment.

‘After local anaesthetic, we make a small incision and insert a catheter into the vein,’ says vascular surgeon Mr Tahir Hussain.

I have developed two nasty-looking varicose veins on my legs. Can anything non-invasive get rid of them in time for summer?

I have developed two nasty-looking varicose veins on my legs. Can anything non-invasive get rid of them in time for summer?

Beauty expert Inge (pictured) recommends a procedure called VenaSeal for treating varicose veins, which is more convenient and less painful than other methods

‘It’s pushed towards the groin while an adhesive “glue” is dispersed at multiple points.’ This seals and ‘kills’ the vein. There can be up to two weeks of inflammation and discomfort afterwards, but most patients ‘positively skip out of the clinic’, says Hussain.

He says VenaSeal’s main advantages are that it requires only a single injection to insert the catheter.

You also don’t need to wear pressure stockings afterwards but you just need to keep the site dry.

Expect to pay from £2,000 at the nationwide Private Clinic (theprivateclinic.co.uk); Nuffield Health (0300 123 6200) offers the treatment as well.

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