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Beware of the Risks: Cheap Varicose Vein Treatments

by – March 14, 2024

Cheap Varicose Vein Treatments

Varicose veins are a common condition affecting millions of people worldwide. These enlarged, twisted veins can cause discomfort, pain, and sometimes lead to more serious complications. While many treatment options are available, it is important to be wary of cheap varicose vein treatments that may not be safe or effective.

Recently, there has been a growing trend of cheap varicose vein treatments offered by unlicensed practitioners or clinics. These treatments may include injecting a solution into the veins, using laser or radiofrequency ablation, or other non-invasive methods. However, it is important to note that these treatments may not be regulated or have undergone proper testing and may carry significant risks.

Cutting Corners to lower costs of treatment

Another growing concern is vein clinics try cutting corners to keep their prices down by doing their own scans. Duplex ultrasound scanning has been shown to be the best investigation to diagnose varicose veins and also to guide the new endovenous treatments. In both situations, it is optimal for a vascular technologist or other specialist who does nothing but duplex ultrasound to perform the scan. There are many reasons for this but some of the most important are discussed in this blog post here – Who Should Perform The Duplex Ultrasound Scan.

Risks and Complications

One of the most significant risks of unproven varicose vein treatments is the potential for complications. If not performed by a licensed professional with the proper training and equipment and vascular technologist team, these treatments can cause serious health problems. Some potential risks include:

  1. Blood clots: Injecting a solution into the veins can increase the risk of blood clots, which can lead to more serious complications.
  2. Infections: Unsanitary equipment or improperly performed procedures can lead to infections, which can be difficult to treat.
  3. Skin burns: Laser or radiofrequency treatments can cause burns to the skin if not performed properly.
  4. Nerve damage: Some treatments may cause nerve damage, leading to chronic pain or other complications.
  5. Recurrence: Unproven treatments may not fully address the underlying causes of varicose veins, leading to a recurrence of the condition.

To avoid the risks associated with unproven varicose vein treatments, it is important to seek treatment from experienced healthcare professionals. A qualified specialist in venous medicine and phlebology can provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend the most appropriate treatment options based on your individual needs.


While the idea of cheap or quick-fix varicose vein treatments may be tempting, it is important to be cautious when seeking treatments for varicose veins. The risks associated with unproven treatments can be significant and may result in serious complications. If you are experiencing symptoms of varicose veins, be sure to consult with one of our experienced specialists at The Whiteley Clinic to discuss your treatment options.

The Whiteley Clinic has exclusive access to the latest vein treatments in the UK, and is a founding member of The College of Phlebology Venous Registry. This registry shows we are transparent about our results so patients can be safe in the knowledge that our results are monitored.

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