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.

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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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