Whatever you're doing.....
...your legs don't need to let you down
Problems with unsightly, uncomfortable veins are very common and easily treated.
Varicose veins occur when veins do not
properly return blood from the lower leg to the heart. All veins have valves that open to allow the flow of blood to the heart and
close to prevent back flow (known as "reflux") of blood to the foot. When valves fail to function properly, blood leaks through and
flows down the leg in the wrong direction. The blood overfills and distends the superficial veins under the skin, resulting in the
bulging seen in varicose veins.
The walls and valves of veins are thin and elastic, and can stretch for a variety of reasons including
pregnancy or heredity, which is the most common factor. Hormonal changes play a large part. Other contributory factors include obesity,
age and prolonged standing.
When varicose veins become severe, it is referred to as chronic venous insufficiency. Symptoms of
chronic venous insufficiency includes aching pain, leg fatigue and leg heaviness, all of which worsen as the day progresses. Left
untreated, chronic venous insufficiency can cause ulcerations, which can be very difficult to treat.
Sclerotherapy for larger veins
Sclerotherapy is a well-proven procedure that involves an injection of a solution directly into
the varicose vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel causing it to collapse, stick together, and eventually break
down naturally in the body and fade from view, as a bruise would heal. Normal blood flow in the leg is thereby re-routed through deeper
veins. Although the needle used to administer the sclerosant is small, some patients experience some discomfort during the process.
Side effects can include: brown lines or spots on the skin at the site of the injected blood vessels. In most cases, this discoloration
will disappear in time. In a small number of people (less than five per cent), the brown lines may last up to a year or longer. Swelling,
ulcers and inflammation are also possible, but rarely occur.
These prices are indicative only and represent the most you will be charged.
Each patient will be assessed on an individual basis
and given a personal recommended treatment plan.
Consultations with Dr Peter J Hickman are charged at £50, and last approximately 30 minutes.
We ask that you pay at the time of booking,
to hold your appointment.
If you fail to attend your appointment or cancel, the £50 booking fee is non refundable, unless adequate
notice is given.
At your consultation you will be given a 'test patch' to ensure that you do not have any adverse reaction
to the Laser treatment.
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