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Leg varicose and thread vein removal

Laser Varicose and Leg Threat Vein Removal In Glasgow

At Elanic we have created an intergrated system to assess and treat leg veins from the smallest thread veins to larger varicose veins. Existing clinics can treat either varicose veins or smaller leg thread veins but at Elanic we are able to target the whole spectrum of unsightly leg veins. Smaller vessels maybe suitable for laser treatment with intermediate sized veins more suitable to injection treatment. Larger varicose veins are now also suitable for less invasive removal and can be treated without the need for painful disfiguring surgery which requires a long recovery time.

Thread, spider, broken and varicose veins can appear all over the legs, sometimes in unsightly clusters. Small veins on the legs are common but difficult to treat unless you attend a skilled and experienced team. Larger, varicose veins can lead to itching and pain. Traditional treatment for varicose veins leaves unsightly scarring but the treatments we offer at Elanic leave minimal scarring and are very effective at removing these vessels.

At Elanic we remove fine thread veins in the legs using laser technology - in fact we have two specific lasers to target different sizes and depths of these blood vessels.

Elanic is in the fortunate position of being able to offer treatment for all types of vessels from large varicose veins all the way down to fine, superficial veins. Our varicose vein removal techniques include the following:

  • VNUS Closure
  • Clarivein
  • Foam Sclerotherapy

All of these are day case procedures and you can Walk In and Walk Out after treatment almost pain free and with little recovery required.

Please click here to book a consultation.

What is varicose vein removal?

Varicose veins are large tortuous veins which appear on the legs superficially located just beneath the skin. They are the result of valves within the deeper veins in your legs not working properly and therefore blood pools in the more superficial veins, rather than returning to the heart. It is more than just a cosmetic problem and can be painful and itchy and left untreated it can cause the skin on the legs to become thin and prone to injury.

At Elanic we offer several treatments for varicose veins including VNUS Closure, Clarivein and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. The choice of which treatment is best for your varicose veins will be decided at your consultation and depends upon the size of the vessels, their location and their number. You will be seen by a Consultant Vascular Surgeon or a Consultant Interventional Radiologist who carry out the procedure and in most cases they will use an ultrasound to determine the type of varicose veins you have.

Our advanced vein removal techniques:

  • Are Walk In - Walk Out procedures with no need for general anaesthetic or a hospital stay
  • Are almost pain free
  • Leave minimal scaring, unlike surgical (NHS) vein removal
  • Leave less bruising and swelling
  • Minimal downtime with no need to take time off work
  • Minimal use of compressions bandages required
  • Are recommended as the best available treatments according to NICE – the National Institute of Clinical Excellence
  • Are carried out by experience Consultant Vascular Surgeons and Interventional Radiologists

VNUS Venefit Closure

This technique refers to Radiofrequency (RF) endovenous ablation, which is a minimally invasive procedure for treating varicose veins using RF energy to heat and seal diseased veins. With the VNUS® ClosureFAST™ catheter, the only RF device for the treatment of venous reflux, radiofrequency energy is delivered through a heating element 7 cm long to heat the collagen within the vein walls and cause the shrinkage and collapse of the vessel.

Unlike surgical treatments VNUS is minimally invasive and simply requires a small injection of local anaesthetic. A small rod is then placed into the vein and the device heats and destroys the vein.

The treatment is quick and comfortable. You can return back to work and return to driving the next day. We ask that you refrain from heavy exercise for a month after the treatment but normal activities and walking is fine.

The chance of your vein not responding to the treatment has been shown in clinical trials to be as low as 3%. In fact the National Institute of Clinical Excellence which governs what treatments can be offered in the NHS in England has stated that techniques such as VNUS and Clarivein should replace surgical vein stripping and this should no longer be offered due to the complications and long recovery required.   


Clarivein is a technique for the management of small to medium sized varicose veins which can be performed easily as an outpatient. The technique, carried out under local anaesthetic, involves using a small tube to inject a solution into the veins which destroys them. The procedure takes around 15 minutes and best results are achieved by patient wearing compression stockings for 2 weeks afterwards.

The Clarivein treatment is very quick and causes little after effects. The device damages the inside of the vein and then injects a scleroscent which detroys it. 

  • Effective and safe technique with no pain, minimal discomfort & negligible bruising
  • No risk of thermal (heat) damage as there would be from techniques such as laser or radio frequency ablation
  • No risk of nerve or skin damage
  • No multiple needle stick injuries (no tumescent anaesthetic is required)
  • No internal leg pressure
  • Rapid return to normal activities

Leg before clarivein treatment for varicose veins

Leg after Clarivein treatment

Clarivein: How it works

Clarivein treatment, how it works 1

Clarivein device is introduced into the vein under ultrasound guidance with a small amount of local anaesthesia. The tip of the device spins, damaging the inside layer of the vein.

Clarivein treatment, how it works 2

As the tip spins it also injects a chemical which seeps into the damaged vessel walls and causes the vein to collapse and disappear.


Sclerotherapy, or injection therapy, is one minimally-invasive alternative to surgery. Sclerotherapy exists in two forms: liquid sclerotherapy and ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy. They both use use a chemical that irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view. It is a relatively painless treatment and does not usually require any anaesthetic. Elanic is one of the few clinics in Scotland to offer ultrasound guided sclerotherapy for larger veins and injections sclerotherapy for smaller ones.

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What is leg thread vein removal?

A very effective treatment for thread, spider and broken veins involves using a very fine needle to inject a fluid that sticks the walls of the vein together so that blood cannot return. The body then uses its natural defences to disperse the vein and it will completely disappear. This can take between two and six months. This safe and effective treatment has been used on hundreds of thousands of patients around the world.

Laser thread vein removal has the following benefits:

  • Non-invasive procedure
  • Quick and effective
  • Noticeable improvement after just one session
  • Multiple treatments leave the skin smooth and vein free
  • Increased confidence in the appearance of your legs
  • No downtime so you can get on with your busy life

If laser treatment is required a test patch can be carried out by one of our experienced cosmetic consultants at your first visit so that you can see what kind of results you can expect. Please click here to book a consultation.