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Leg Veins

Prominent unsightly leg veins are a very common problem. They occur when a vein dilates and becomes large enough to be visible through the transparency of the skin.

Causes include prolonged standing, pregnancy, obesity, hormones, ageing and heredity. Because of the effects of gravity and ‘back pressure’ leg veins are more difficult to treat than facial veins. Leg veins can be divided into varicose veins, reticular veins and thread veins. Varicose veins are treated surgically.

There are currently two main methods available for the treatment of reticular and thread veins: sclerotherapy (the injection of a sclerosing agent in to the vessels) and laser treatment. Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic offer a combination of sclerotherapy and 3 different laser systems (Nd Yag 1064nm LP, KTP 532nm LP, Pulsed Dye 585nm) and IPL to ensure optimal results.

There is no single effective treatment for all leg veins, so superior results are obtained with combination therapy.

Because we offer the complete range of sclerotherapy and vascular lasers we can truly recommend the treatment that is best suited to your leg veins. Whichever procedure we recommend, you can be assured that we are not using it because it is all we have to offer but because it is the best choice for you.

Before treatment

After treatment

Our expert medical team has in excess of 20 years laser experience and have completed more than 100,000 successful treatments. Rest assured you are in safe hands. All procedures at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and practitioners.

To ensure the highest ethical standards are maintained at all times, staff at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are never offered bonus incentives to sell treatments.

We are a CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered clinic that is regularly inspected and assessed by government. This is the best indicator available that the clinic is trustworthy.

How does laser treatment work?

With our Leg veins laser treatment, asers emit high energy at a specific wavelength (or colour) in a single beam. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is broadband light and delivers hundreds of wavelengths (or colours) in a single discharge. Both lasers and IPL are able to specifically target blood (haemoglobin) in the skin without damaging surrounding tissues. The light energy is absorbed by blood inside the veins, heating up the vessel wall, which collapses and then dissolves. Whereas Nd Yag lasers are able to deliver focused pulses of energy to individual larger blood vessels, IPL and pulsed dye lasers are more suitable for the red flares of vessels.

Our Vascular lasers

Cambridge Skin and Laser Clinic offer 4 laser systems to ensure optimal removal of unwanted leg veins.

  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) 540-950nm for the treatment of superficial diffuse redness and smaller blood vessels
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) 570-950nm for the treatment of deeper diffuse redness and smaller blood vessels
  • Pulse Dye Laser (PDL) 585nm for the treatment of stubborn diffuse redness that fails to respond to ILP
  • KTP 532nm LP Laser for the treatment of larger bright red discrete blood vessels
  • Nd Yag 1064nm LP Laser for the treatment of larger purple/blue discrete blood vessels

What does the treatment feel like?

The energy is delivered in very short flashes of light called pulses. As the laser light impacts onto the skin’s surface the sensation is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band. The procedure produces only mild discomfort and usually normal activities can be resumed immediately.

Are there any side effects?

In rare cases redness and irritation of the treated area may occur (like sunburn). There is also a small risk of pigment change following treatment. A small minority of patients develop bruising and blistering. This settles within a few days.

Who performs the treatment?

Our expert medical team has in excess of 20 years laser experience and have completed more than 100,000 successful treatments. Rest assured you are in safe hands. All procedures at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and practitioners.

To ensure the highest ethical standards are maintained at all times, staff at Cambridge Skin and Laser Clinic are never offered bonus incentives to sell treatments.

How many treatments are needed?

A series of 2 to 4 treatments is recommended at monthly intervals for leg veins.

Is laser treatment safe?

There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest laser treatment can lead to skin disorders or increase the risk of skin cancer. We are a CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered clinic that is regularly inspected and assessed by government. This is the best indicator available that the clinic is trustworthy.

Our lasers are cleared by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and have full CE clearance for Europe.

How does Sclerotherapy work?

A solution is injected with a very small needle, superficially into the veins, causing the lining of the vein to swell and become sticky. Compression is then applied to close the veins. Over a period of the time the vein will heal, close and fade away.

Is the treatment painful?

Most patients experience minimal if any discomfort. During the days following treatment, you may experience mild itching and tenderness around the treated area whilst the damaged vein is breaking down.

How many treatments are required?

It varies from patient to patient but generally up to 4 treatments are recommended at 3 monthly intervals. Milder cases may require fewer treatments. Maintenance treatments may be needed every 2 to 3 years.

What happens after Sclerotherapy?

For several days after treatment the injection sites look similar to insect bites, this soon subsides and is replaced by small bruises that fade within one to two weeks. Improvements are usually noticed within 6 to 8 weeks.

What aftercare is recommended following treatment?

Take a 10 minute walk immediately after treatment.

Wear your support hosiery day and night as advised, after 48 hrs you may take the stocking off, discard the cotton balls and have a short cool shower or bath. Do not be alarmed that the thread veins look worse, this is normal at this stage.

Thereafter, wear your support stockings during the day for 7 days, you may take them off at night.

  • Avoid exposure to the extremes of temperature for 14 days
  • Avoid sun exposure for 4 weeks
  • Avoid high impact exercise for 2 weeks
  • Avoid waxing of the legs for 6 weeks
  • Elevate your legs as much as possible for the first 2 weeks
  • Consider delaying air travel for 2 weeks or check with your travel insurance company

What are possible complications of Sclerotherapy?

Though safe, it is not entirely without risk. Although rare, the two most common side effects are called staining and matting.

Reddish-brown staining is leakage of old blood from the damaged vein and usually slowly fades over months.

Matting is the development of new, tiny red blood vessels that appear days or months after the procedure. They should slowly fade but if persistent can be treated with the Nd Yag laser. Other much rarer complications include a reaction to the agent causing irritation around the vein resulting in blistering. If not treated correctly, small superficial ulcers can develop.

Is the treatment safe?

Sclerotherapy has been used in medicine for in excess of 30 years. Our expert medical team has in excess of 20 years experience and have completed more than 100,000 successful treatments. Rest assured you are in safe hands. All procedures at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and practitioners. To ensure the highest ethical standards are maintained at all times, staff at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are never offered bonus incentives to sell treatments.

We are a CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered clinic that is regularly inspected and assessed by government. This is the best indicator available that the clinic is trustworthy.

The initial consultation is free of charge with no obligation to undergo treatment. Costs vary depending on the area treated.

PRICE PER SESSION: Leg vein treatment
Laser leg vein treatment From £175
Sclerotherapy leg vein treatment From £220

Please Note: Prices quoted are per session and are an approximate guide only. If you require a more accurate pricing prior to consultation, please contact us directly.Although laser treatment may seem expensive, one must bear in mind the enormous acquisition and maintenance costs of the laser devices.

Sclerotherapy worked a treat. Thank you.

Joan From Cambridge

As I got older I noticed my leg veins were getting worse, causing me to become more self consciousabout exposing my legs. I had 1 session of sclerotherapy and 1 session of laser treatment at CSL and now I can take my daughter swimming without worrying.

Vanessa From Essex

Having just completed my final treatment, I am extremely happy with the results.

I have been attending CSL for laser treatments for thread veins on my legs.

I started to notice the veins appearing in my twenties due to standing for long periods as a hair stylist. Over the years, (I am now 42) they gradually turned from red to blue/black and not a pretty sight I have to say!

They then worsened in appearance after two pregnancies.

I am so pleased with the results and felt confident on my holidays. I can now wear skirts and dresses once again without any comments about “my nasty bruises” (this is what they had begun to look like).

Dr Holt is friendly, very informative and extremely professional and I would highly recommend him and his team at Cambridge Skin & Laser.

Melissa from Northants
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