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Can I get NHS varicose vein treatment even if the vein doesn't hurt but just looks fugly?
Have big varicose vein on right thigh. It doesn't hurt and I know this will sound vain and shallow ( I am vain and shallow!) but it's bloody ugly. I have a shapely pair of pins and would look good in shorts - but can't wear them due to the big bulbuous vein. Likewise feel self conscious in my swimmers.
Will the NHS do something about them - is it worth me going to the GP and asking or will he send me away with a flea in my ear?
Chances are no. Cosmetic treatments are always at the sharp end when funds are tight, and there is usually a need to demonstrate physical harm from the problem. No one should send you away with a flea in your ear just for asking though - just don't get your hopes up.
Does anyone know what the cost ought to be to go privately? I have two very big and very painful VVs in my right leg; I am trying to persudae GP to make a referral (they are not normally funded in my area but GP can still make a referral for clinical reasons I'll wager). But if I and the OP have to go private, what are we looking at in terms of dosh?