Chest Sclerotherapy/Enlarged Vein Removal

Veins on the chest area can become fairly prominent, most commonly after breast augmentations. The reason for this is not entirely known but it can be easily treated with Sclerotherapy.

Chest Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment that removes prominent veins with an injection of sclerosant. The sclerosant encourages the body to reabsorb the veins back into the body so they are no longer as visible.

The procedure is virtually painless. The veins may look worse for the first three weeks, but they fade over the next three months and improvement continues over a year. The development of new enlarged veins may occur but the results usually last for several years.

Sclerotherapy is also available for varicose and thread veins on the legs.


Conditions Treated
Enlarged Veins

Treatable Areas

Starts from £250

Vascular Surgeon/Specialist Nurse

You can go back to your daily activities immediately. Please note that you are required to wear a compression garment, such as a sports bra, for up to 7 days post treatment.

Results may vary based on a variety of factors, to ensure suitability you must attend a consultation*

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Treatment: Sclerotherapy
Area Treated: Chest


Treatment: Sclerotherapy
Area Treated: Chest

The veins on my chest had been bothering me for such a long time and I’m so glad they’re now gone. It has really boosted my confidence.

Results may vary and are different for each individual.

Janice, 56 - Watford
Everyone at Courthouse Clinics were so friendly and told me everything I needed to know about the treatment. I felt so looked after and it was all over really quickly.

Results may vary and are different for each individual.

Maria, 28 - Brentwood

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the questions to reveal the answers. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to call our dedicated customer care team on 0845 555 5050.

What causes enlarged veins on the chest?
Enlarged veins are not uncommon. They can occur after breast augmentation, as a result of ageing or can even be a genetic trait. The exact cause for them is not known but they are usually harmless and can be easily removed with Sclerotherapy.
What should I do before treatment?
You should avoid anti-inflammatory drugs such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen for at least 10 days to reduce bruising.
How long does the treatment take?
Sclerotherapy is a fast, easy outpatient procedure that is typically completed in less than an hour. Approximately one injection is administered for every inch of thread vein removal. The number of veins treated during your session will depend on the location and size of your problem veins, as well as your overall health.
Is it painful?
Most patients find it uncomfortable rather than painful. The veins are right on the skin surface. The treatment is quite quick and often several veins are connected which means they can all be treated with a single injection.
What exactly happens during treatment?
A small volume of sclerosant is injected into the vein using a very small needle that is virtually painless. This may need to be repeated several times in order to fill the veins.
What happens afterwards?
You will be able to drive home or back to work immediately after treatment and a compression garment such as a sports bra would need to be worn for 7 days. Painkillers are almost always unnecessary. You should avoid excessive exercise and hot baths for a week afterwards to allow the healing process to take place. You will be asked to return for a follow up appointment to assess the result where a second set of injections may be needed.

The final results of treatment will gradually develop over the course of several weeks.* Scar tissue will form in the treated veins, causing them to collapse. The collapsed vein will eventually be reabsorbed into the surrounding tissue, fading from visibility.*

How successful is Sclerotherapy?
You can expect an improvement of at least 60% but 80% to 90% is usual. Occasionally the veins clear completely.*
How many treatment sessions are needed?
The treatment is quite quick and all the veins can often be treated in a single 30 minute session. Uptake varies and a second session is sometimes needed a month later.
Will there be any complications?
Treated veins often itch for a few hours afterwards. This confirms that the sclerosant has worked. Bruising can be expected for a couple of weeks. Larger veins may leave a coffee coloured stain, which usually fades after a few months.

Very rarely a small ulcer can develop at the injection site. Allergic reaction to the sclerosant is extremely rare (about 1 in 100,000).

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