Thread Veins

Thread Veins

Thread or spider veins and broken capillaries blemish our complexion, although they are usually harmless, they can cause concern due to their appearance. They are usually red or purple in appearance and sit just beneath the skins surface, they usually occur due to:

  • Genetics
  • Weight gain
  • Prolonged standing
  • Hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy
  • Birth control pills and HRT treatment

In clinic at the Mayfair Practice we use two types of treatment to help resolve this problem:

  1. ELOS Skin Rejuvenation Advanced IPL technology
  2. Sclerotherapy which is a series of fine needling injections into the veins

Firstly we need to assess the type of problem veins you have and where they are situated on the body to determine the most suitable treatment.

IPL SRA (Skin Rejuvenation Advance) is a non-invasive, non-ablative method for rejuvenating photo-aged skin and uses light and electrical energies to restore skin to a more youthful state. It can also resolve broken capillaries and small spider veins that stain our skin with imperfections. It can only be used on light skin tones, however rough skin texture will also improve over a series of treatments.

This treatment is not suitable on dark Asian or black skin, skin type V & VI. The treatment involves the following steps:

  • The skin is cleansed
  • Cooling gel is applied to allow the hand-piece to glide smoothly over the skin
  • The SRA hand-piece will be in contact with the skin as the energies are introduced
  • The sensation is a quick snapping or hot pinch feeling
  • You may feel warmth or tingling sensation for a short time afterwards and your skin may look like it has mild sunburn
  • Your practitioner will be communicating with you at all times to ensure the treatment is as comfortable as possible
  • We complete the treatment by applying a foundation makeup containing an SPF, to ensure you leave the clinic looking photo ready

Treatments are repeated every 2 to 4 weeks, however it is common for age spots and spider/thread veins to be cleared after 1 or 2.

Summary of Your Treatment

Procedure Time
10-40 mins
Back To Normal Activity
syringe icon
None Required
Full Recovery
24 hours
Social Engagements
Foundation to conceal any redness
Thread/spider veins usually resolve instantly
Duration Of Results
Dependant on lifestyle factors and genetics
Risks & Complications
Slight swelling, redness, warmth to skin
24 hrs avoid steam, sauna & massage. Use SPF, avoid sun exposure.
Thread Veins

Sclerotherapy is a technique that involves fine needle injections of sclerosing solution directly into the problem veins. This empties the vein of blood and causes the walls of the vein to collapse and stick together, over time they ultimately disappear. Thread veins serve no purpose, as they are incapable of delivering blood effectively. Several sessions may be needed depending on the extent of the thread veins.

However some varicose veins are too severe for this treatment and may require treatment by a vascular surgeon. It is a simple procedure and virtually painless, and you can normally drive and go about normal activities, however it is important not to do any strenuous activities for a few days post treatment. You will most likely need a few treatments spaced approximately four to six weeks apart, although the number of treatments required varies.

Some bruising and pigmentation may occur around the treatment areas but this will fade and the treated veins will begin to fade within a few weeks. After the treatment the area will be wrapped in a bandage and aftercare instructions will be given.

You will see a significant improvement in the treated veins although depending on the thickness and extent of the veins being treated they may not be removed completely. However, this is a safe and effective procedure that will visibly reduce the appearance of thread veins.

Summary of Your Treatment

Procedure Time
30-60 mins
Back To Normal Activity
Immediately, avoid strenuous activity
syringe icon
None Required
Full Recovery
24 - 48 hours
Social Engagements
Clothes to cover any bandages/bruising
Gradually over course of treatment
Duration Of Results
Dependent on lifestyle/genetics/hormones
Risks & Complications
Tenderness, bruising, swelling
24 hrs avoid steam, sauna & massage

We offer expert aesthetic treatments at a reasonable price and never compromise safety or quality of products.

  1 Session 4 Session Package
Face SRA IPL £150 £500
SRA IPL - Small Target Area From £60 From £205
Sclerotherapy - leg veins From £600  
Within a Skin Consultation at the Mayfair Practice we can identify your needs, assess your skin and create a bespoke treatment plan. All of your questions will be answered and all treatment options fully explained.
Book your 30 minute Skin Consultation and let the journey begin, 020 7408 1164
New Patients, a £50 deposit required to secure your appointment, fully redeemable against any treatment or skincare product.
Please note 24 hours notice is required to change or cancel an appointment to avoid a cancellation charge.
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Where to Find Us

We are discreetly located in Mayfair, with Bond Street and Marble Arch Tube stations only a few minutes walk. Nestled between Selfridges and Grosvenor Square, we are neighbours to Harley Street’s Private Medical District.

Opening Times

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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Please reach out by phone or email and we look forward to welcoming you to the clinic to assist in any medical or aesthetic need you may have.

Our Values

Our Philosophy:

To provide quick and easy access to expert medical services and aesthetic treatments when you need them.

Our Vision:

To maintain excellence and keep at the forefront of the evolving medical and aesthetic industries.

Our Values:

To balance expert medical services and aestheitc treatments with an affordable price which is accessible to all.


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Find Us

We are discreetly located in Mayfair, with Bond Street and Marble Arch Tube stations only a few minutes walk. Nestled between Selfridges and Grosvenor Square, we are neighbours to Harley Street’s Private Medical District.

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