The majority of people whom I see from Dorset, Somerset and other parts of the southwest come to me because they are troubled by unsightly or uncomfortable leg veins. That isn’t surprising when you consider that approximately 40-60% of us either have or will develop thread veins or varicose veins on our legs. Increasingly, however, people are asking me for advice about treatment for prominent hand veins, thread veins on the face and body and I also receive requests from ladies for treatment and removal of prominent blue veins and varicose veins on their breasts. My team and I treat all of these vein problems and we have a lot of experience of managing these cosmetic issues.
Spider veins and broken veins on the face are very common, particularly on the nose and cheeks. Heredity is a strong component in their development, but sun exposure is the strongest avoidable risk factor. These veins often affect people who have outdoor occupations or those who like to tan. Men often request treatment of facial veins because these veins on the face wrongly stigmatise them as “boozers” or alcoholics. Fortunately, these facial veins can be easily and effectively removed by Short Wave Diathermy (SWD). After numbing the skin with a local anaesthetic cream, a medical electrical current is passed through the facial veins using a fine, sterile needle. SWD has a 95% success rate after one treat session.
As we get older, our hand veins become more prominent. This is the result of an increase in the size of the hand veins, but also because there is a gradual loss of fat, collagen and elastic tissue from the back of the hands. So, as we get older, our hands look more “boney” and the veins and tendons show more. This appearance is associated with ageing and can be very unsightly. I treat hand veins by injecting them directly with a medical solution called a sclerosant. The sclerosant removes the lining of the vein within a few seconds (this doesn’t hurt by the way) and then the veins respond over the next few weeks by shrinking and becoming much less noticeable. For people with severely affected hands, I also combine this Sclerotherapy treatment with injections of a medication called Radiesse® around the outside of the veins. Radiesse® stimulates the hands to produce more collagen and elastic tissue. Sclerotherapy and Radiesse® work together to restore a more youthful appearance to the hands. I also treat any associated brown age spots to complete the hand rejuvenation.
Many women are affected by large blue veins coursing over their breasts and they find them unsightly. After a careful examination to exclude a problem with the breast itself, these large veins can be removed by Sclerotherapy. I have personally treated many women with unsightly or uncomfortable veins on the breast by Sclerotherapy and the success rate is greater than 90%.
Nearly any other vein on the surface of the body can be successfully treated and removed by either Sclerotherapy or SWD. I am always happy to advise clients about the most suitable treatment option after a consultation.
Contact me today for a confidential chat
If you’re worried about your veins and would like a confidential chat please do get in touch. I am happy to offer simple advice by telephone and email for free and without obligation. Don’t forget, we have a series of open events planned in March where you can meet me in person.