Foam Sclerotherapy

Foam sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive technique to treat varicose veins.
I provide a tailored treatment with excellent recovery times and fantastic results.

How can I help with Foam Sclerotherapy?

Planning foam sclerotherapy (Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy or UGFS) starts with a full consultation and colour duplex ultrasound scan. The scan enables me to show you how your veins are working and to plan which veins will be injected to treat the varicose veins.

I have been involved in ultrasound scanning research in the management of varicose veins since 1990 and have been practising this technique in appropriate patients since 2004 with excellent results (bear in mind, not all veins are suitable and your treatment will be tailored to your situation).

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Simon Payne
MD, MB ChB, FRCS (England),
FRCS (Gen Surg)

Testimonials from my patients

You can read more testimonials and case studies on the blog.

Simon’s qualifications & memberships


FRCS (Eng)

FRCS (Gen Surg)


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Find out how I can help

If you’d like to find out more about how I can help with Foam Sclerotherapy then an initial consultation can be arranged at your convenience.

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What is Foam Sclerotherapy?

Foam Sclerotherapy is a technique used to treat varicose veins. It involves injecting a foam solution into the vein, which causes the vein to collapse and eventually disappear.

Foam sclerotherapy is considered to be a safe and effective treatment for varicose veins, with a high success rate.

Varicose veins are caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, pregnancy, and obesity. Foam sclerotherapy can be used to treat both superficial and deeper varicose veins.

What does the treatment for Foam Sclerotherapy involve?

Chemical foam is injected under ultrasound scanning control into the varicose veins and feeding veins in order to close them off. The body’s natural healing process then gradually gets rid of the vein.

On the day of treatment no special preparation is required from you apart from obtaining class 2 graduated compression stockings (eg “duomed soft”). You will lie on the couch as I inject your veins using a small needle (smaller than a standard blood test needle). I will be scanning you with ultrasound and once I am satisfied that the foam is in the correct place, we will apply the compression stocking.

You may then drive yourself home and carry on with most of your usual activities.

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Recovery from Foam Sclerotherapy

Healing always takes time and care. You can expect initial healing from Foam Sclerotherapy treatment to take around two weeks. The final, healed result will be evident after around two months.

I encourage gentle walking to keep the circulation going and avoid a deep vein thrombosis. After 2 weeks the stocking is removed although the final result is not seen for some weeks/months later as the healing process takes place. Most people require more than one session of treatment.

What you can expect from Foam Sclerotherapy

You can expect the treated vein to be uncomfortable and sometimes painful after treatment. This should be managed with readily available pain killers. Wearing compression stockings minimises post-treatment discomfort.

Foam Sclerotherapy utilises the body’s natural healing process to slowly get rid of the vein. Results are consistently excellent.

Solent Vascular Care at The Horndean Clinic

Our friendly team is based in the Horndean Clinic in Waterlooville near Portsmouth, UK. We’re easily accessible from Fareham, Whiteley, Chichester, Winchester and Southampton. It’s wheelchair friendly, and we adhere to current COVID-19 regulations. We look forward to welcoming you to the clinic after you have booked your consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Foam Sclerotherapy

Initial healing from Foam Sclerotherapy takes around two weeks and you can expect to be able to see the final, healed result after around two months.

Foam Sclerotherapy is used to treat varicose veins. It involves injecting a foam into the problematic vein. This causes the vein to collapse and, over time, disappear. It’s minimally invasive, safe and offers excellent results.

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Meet your surgeon

If you’d like to talk through any of the treatments on offer then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Large lipoma from neck

July 10, 2024

What a delight especially now that the scar is settling, this thing was the size of a planet , not what a lady wants on her neck and was akso impacting my sleep and breathing, no problem for Simon in one afternoon all my troubles were gone , limited pain , great professional outcome and a positive impact for me, great , stuff, thank you


Unsightly lesion removal

June 24, 2024

Simon removed a seborrhoeic keratosis from my forehead which I’ve disliked for some time. The procedure was simple, painless and I’m pleased with the result.

Overall, the service and care was excellent.

Louise Purchase

Cyst removal

June 12, 2024

Had a cyst removed that has bugged me for years. Surgery went well and I didn’t even realise when it was done. I had no issues at all. Thanks to Dr Simon I don’t have to worry about a cyst on my face anymore. Healed properly leaving no scar. Will highly recommend!!!


Thread Vein Treatment

June 10, 2024

We consulted Mr Payne about thread veins in my legs and my husband’s nose. We are very pleased with the service he provided and the results. We were seen promptly for an initial consultation and Mr Payne was very thorough and informative. We were given an appointment for a week later for treatment which he, with his very capable assistant, carried out professionally and sympathetically. We are, therefore, delighted to give a 5 star rating.

Penny and Brian Smith

My 3rd Small lump removal

May 31, 2024

I booked in for my 3rd small lump removal from my face with Simon at Changes Clinic.

From first meeting Simon I felt totally at ease, the procedure was explained fully and was a pain free pleasant procedure.

Simons surgical skills and attention to detail shine through in his meticulous results showing barely a mark on my face.

I highly recommend Simon to everyone looking for a trusted caring surgeon!

Jill Loomes