There has been a surge in the number of people having cosmetic procedures to treat unsightly veins, according to figures released today by The Private Clinic of Harley Street.
The clinic has seen a 165% increase in the number of patients coming through its doors to have their varicose, spider or thread veins treated over the summer period.
Managing Director of The Private Clinic Group (which has two clinics in London and branches nationwide), Valentina Petrone, says that the rise is down to new developments in the industry, and an increasing awareness of the new non-invasive treatments available.
“We saw a huge increase in the number of patients being treated over the summer. People who had normally hidden their legs away all-year round were coming to us because of the new treatment options available to them.
“Summer is the time when people tend to be more conscious about their bodies, and the time when they are more likely to have their legs on show, and we experienced a huge surge in patients because of that.
“We also have employed three of the top vascular surgeons in the country, and so when people do their research about where to have the treatment, they know they are in the safest of hands at The Private Clinic.”
One of the vascular consultants at the clinic, Dr Constantinos Kyriakides, says that the recent developments in the industry have undoubtedly contributed to the increase in patient numbers this year; “Previously, the only treatment available for varicose veins was a procedure called ‘Stripping’ which involved an operation under general anaesthetic and a significant amount of downtime.
“The new varicose vein procedure is called Endovenous Laser Treatment, or EVLT. It is a minimally invasive method, which is performed under local anaesthetic and is completed in about 45 minutes. This means that patients can return to normal activity almost straight away, and experience far less comfort and disruption, than with more traditional treatment methods”
The other procedures available at The Private Clinic for the treatment of veins include Scelotherapy and the CoolGlide laser.
Established in 1983 in Harley Street, The Private Clinic is widely recognised as one of the leading names in the field of cosmetic medicine, treating thousands of patients to successfully tackle a wide range of problems.
For more information on the clinic and the treatments available please visit www.theprivateclinic.co.uk.
Cosmetic surgery news : 08/10/2009