“It is estimated that among people aged 15 to 65, 35-40% of men and 40-45% of women have varicose veins or thread veins in their legs, but what can be done about them?”

    About our team

    Our team is a collaboration between British surgeons and French Angiologists – Phlebologists doctors who have specialized in diagnosis and treatment of vascular pathology : VEINS – ARTERIES – LYMPHATICS. The first clinic was established in London in 2000.

    Since then, we have been providing affordable and effective treatments at medical centres across the South East.

    What we offer

    We offer a wide range of arterial and venous screenings as well as a wide range of venous treatments, including non invasive solutions such as microsclerotherapy, ultrasound-foam-sclerotherapy and thermal ablation of thread veins and varicose veins.

    In addition, we offer impartial advice and information on a range of vascular conditions.

    Please browse our site to find out more about the treatments we provide and details on how to contact us.

    Why choose us

    • Consultations, ultrasound scannings and treatments are carried out by the doctors themselves.
    • Check-ups are complete and may include veins and arteries.
    • The treatments proposed are modern, minimally invasive in a view of efficiency and aesthetic result.
    • Rates are reasonable.
    • Emergencies are managed

    CONDITIONS

    VEINS PROBLEMS

    • Varicose Veins
    • Thread Veins ( Spider Veins)
    • Heavy Legs and oedema
    • DVT

    ARTERIAL PROBLEMS

    THE CONSULTATION

    The patient consultation takes approximately 20-30 minutes depending on the complexity of the condition.  Within this time frame and depending on whether you wish to consult for arterial or venous or lymphatic reasons, for functional or simply aesthetic reasons the Doctor

     undertake a clinical examination, taking into account your past medical history, and a Duplex-scan investigation to assess the underlying cause of

    your problem.  The vascular screening is perfectly safe, uses no needles, drugs or X-rays.The Duplex-scan is a powerful ultrasound tool that provides extensive dynamic data, which is essential to:

    • Confirm or rule out the presence of varicose veins.
    • Locate the varicose veins with precision.
    • Determine the nature of the varicose veins.
    • Assess the impact of a faulty valve on your blood flow.
    • Confirm the condition of the deep venous system, thus  eliminating, if necessary, a superficial or deep thrombosis.

    It helps determine the best treatment and monitor the patient’s condition over a sustained period

    TREATMENTS

    • Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy.
    • Endovasc/ Thermal Ablation
    • Micro Injections
    • Surgery

    Arteries - Veins - Varicose veins - Thread veins (Spider Veins)

    Angiologist-Phlebologist Fees

    • First Consultation with Duplex Scan
      from £280
    • Sclerotherapy
      from £175
    • Sclerotherapy with Duplex Scan
      from £230
    • Arterial Duplex Scan
      from £290
    • Deep Vein Duplex Scan Examination
      from £280
    • Full Vascular Check-up
      from £450

    Booking info:
    A prepayment of £70 will be asked at the moment you book the appointment, the remaining will need to be settled on the day of your consultation

    Cancellation Policy:
    More than 72h before the consultation: Fully refunded
    In between 72h & 48h: £70 prepayment will be kept
    Less than 48h: Consultation fully charged

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    Our Doctor will contact you within one business day.

    FAQs

    Are all varicose veins visible?

    No, it depends on your weight and your size. Certain varicose veins can only be seen using a duplex ultrasound scanner.

    Why treat minor varicose veins?

    Most minor varicose veins do not cause circulatory problems and in general are not tender or painful. The aim of treatment is mainly cosmetic to improve the aesthetic appearance.

    Why treat the larger varicose veins?

    These are superficial veins that no longer function properly. In these veins the blood descends towards the feet rather than rising towards the heart. We call this “Reflux”. This then causes a raised intra venous pressure with leakage of fluid and poor oxygenation of the tissues. This in turn causes pain, restless legs, oedema, superficial thrombophlebitis, eczema, skin discolouration and in the worst cases open ulcers. Sclerotherapy treatment prevents this reflux and all its attendant complications.

    Aren’t all the veins necessary?

    Not in the legs. The essential venous return is by the deep veins and the superficial veins play a minimal role. When they are varicose, they do more harm than good to the circulation, and treating them improves the circulation in the legs.

    When should I seek treatment?

    Venous insufficiency of the legs is a progressive problem over time. The earlier the treatment, the better the long-term results and the better the cosmetic outcome. An early treatment is advised if you want to be able to avoid surgery.

    Why isn’t sclerotherapy better known?

    Sclerotherapy is very common in Europe. There are over 2000 phlebologists practicing sclerotherapy in France alone. In most other EU states such as Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Belgium sclerotherapy is equally popular and actually paid for by the state. Some countries, in particular the UK, have failed to develop and offer sclerotherapy. Vanishing Veins is seeking to address this as it opens in clinics across the South East.

    Will my varicose veins worsen during pregnancy?

    Leg health during pregnancy is very important.
    The influence of estrogens produced during pregnancy can upset the phlebo-lymphatic circulation of the body. Although pregnancy does not cause varicose veins, it can aggravate an existing or underlying problem.

    It is therefore important to:

    • Wear appropriate elastic support from the start of the pregnancy
    • Exercise daily
    • Watch your weight and eat a healthy diet
    • Rest with legs elevated during the day
    • Massage the legs with lotions, creams or venotonic gels.

    What is the affect of contraceptive pill or HRT on varicose veins?

    When discussing either the contraceptive pill or HRT, it is important that you let your doctor know of any personal or family history of deep or superficial venous thrombosis.

    Any hormonal treatment can lead to, or exacerbate in vulnerable patients, venous symptoms such as leg heaviness, itching, restlessness, oedemas, and thread veins. If this is the case, you should talk to your doctor. The prescription of a venotonic treatment or light elastic support is often enough to solve the problem.

    In rare cases, a hormonal treatment needs to be stopped for purely circulatory reasons. A change of medication may be necessary.

    Do you have any advice for air travellers concerned about the risk of DVT?

    Air travellers should be aware there is an increased risk of blood clots during flights, although the risk of a serious problem is very low if one follows a few simple rules:

    • Move around when the aisles are free, twice during the night
    • Don’t cross your legs
    • Drink one litre of water per 6 hours of flying time
    • Avoid alcohol
    • Avoid sleeping pills
    • From time to time, squeeze the calf muscles (by swinging the foot from tip to heel) or roll a bottle of water under the plant of your feet
    • Wear loose-fitting clothes
    • Wear elastic compression stockings

    The risk of a blood clot can increase if:

    • The flight lasts more than 5 hours
    • You take hormones
    • You have a known clotting disorder
    • You have had problems with phlebitis before or you have a family history of problems

    Should I consult my doctor before travelling?

    If you have already had serious phlebitis a preventive treatment may sometimes be necessary.