Thread Vein Removal

Tiny red or blue thread veins, or spider veins, of the legs, face or chest can be treated in the clinic as walk-in walk-out procedures. I offer microsclerotherapy and radio-frequency (“vein-away”) treatments. Book your consultation today or arrange a call to discuss the treatment.

How can I help with Thread Vein Removal?

Thread veins (or spider veins) can make an unsightly appearance on the legs, face, chest or occasionally elsewhere.

If they are on the legs then occasionally they might be “fed” by varicose veins which are sometimes under the surface and not obvious (a scan will reveal them).

Treatment for thread veins usually involves more than one session but the results are fantastic.

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

Testimonials from my patients

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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 Thread Vein Removal then an initial consultation can be arranged at your convenience.

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What is Thread Vein Removal?

Thread vein removal, also known as sclerotherapy, is a medical technique for removing thread veins from the skin. A sclerosing agent is injected into the vein, causing it to collapse and disappear.

Thread Veins occur when the valves in the veins weaken, allowing blood to flow backwards and pool in the vein. This causes the vein to enlarge and become visible through the skin.
There are many reasons why thread veins can develop, including:

  • Hormonal changes (such as during pregnancy)
  • Prolonged standing or sitting
  • Obesity

What does the treatment for Thread Vein Removal involve?

Each session is timetabled for 30 minutes.

Microsclerotherapy is usually recommended for leg thread veins. This involves the injection of a sclerosant solution to seal the little veins. A tiny (children’s diabetic) needle is used which just scratches the surface. A compression stocking is then worn for a week to support the work of the sclerosant.

Facial redness is usually treated with electrical radio-frequency sealing (“vein-away”).

Both of these treatments usually involve more than one session and often several or more.

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Recovery from Thread Vein Removal

After treatment, you can expect some itching and mild discomfort from the treated veins. Initially, the veins may be more apparent because they are inflamed. As they settle, sometimes a brown mark is visible but this fades almost always within a couple of months.

Although the treated veins initially look worse, they will fade away over the course of several weeks.

What you can expect from Thread Vein Removal

You can expect excellent results from thread vein removal. The treatment is minimally invasive and veins usually fade away over the course of several weeks after treatment.

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 Thread Vein Removal

Thread vein removal, also known as sclerotherapy, is a medical procedure used to remove thread veins from the skin. A small amount of a sclerosing agent is injected into the vein, which causes it to collapse and disappear.

Thread veins, also known as spider veins, are small, thin veins that can be seen on the surface of the skin. They often have a reddish or blue appearance and can be quite unsightly. While they usually aren’t harmful, many people choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.

Depending on the severity and size of the veins, thread vein removal costs are £250-325 per session. Most people require between 2 and 4 sessions to achieve desired results.

Thread vein removal is a relatively simple procedure that can be completed in a matter of minutes. Most people experience little to no discomfort after the treatment and the majority of healing occurs within a week. However, some small bruises may take a little longer to disappear. The treated area may also look more inflamed after treatment, this will fade.

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


Extremely impressed and would highly recommend Simon

Rated 5.0 out of 5
April 15, 2024

I recently had two cysts on my head removed by Simon and his lovely nurse Becky. They made me feel at ease and the quality and care was very professional. Simon explained everything in detail, was extremely focused and Becky was just the tonic to settle any nerves.

There was very little discomfort, the aftercare was explained in detail and I’m happy to say, after 6 weeks the results are amazing.

I would highly recommend Simon and his team without hesitation.

Amanda Jalley

Very professional

Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 26, 2024

I had a cyst and a large lipona removed from my back a few weeks ago. Mr Payne is highly professional and I cannot recommend him enough. Very prompt response to my requests for information. The whole experience was brilliant and absolutely no hassle. Thank you

Val Long

Removal of two large anal skin tags.

Rated 4.0 out of 5
March 11, 2024

I would like to express my thanks to Simon Payne for the removal of the two large anal skin tags that were a terrible nuisance.

The procedure was painless due to the application of the numbing gel and subsequent injections and was completed quite quickly.

I had expected a lengthy healing process but was very surprised that after two to three weeks with little pain and no bleeding the problem had been successfully resolved.

I would certainly recommend consulting at his surgery and it was also far less expensive than other private clinics. Ten out of ten!

Susan Sparshatt

Highly recommended!!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 5, 2024

Simon removed four cysts from my head. He was very kind, attentive and a good listener during consultation. He explained everything clearly and I felt happy and confident to go ahead with the procedure. The removal took just 45 minutes and I am delighted with the results. In 6 weeks everything was healed and stitches gone, and no after care was needed. Thank you Simon.

Abigail Elson

Mole removal

Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 1, 2024

Dr Simon Payne was very professional and friendly, he made me feel at ease, Becky, his assistant was awesome. I’m very happy with how the procedure went. Overall, the results are great and definitely given me a confidence boost. Thank you to both Simon and Becky