Leg Thread Veins (Sclerotherapy)

Spider and thread veins are the general names given for small unsightly superficial veins usually found in clusters on the legs. Although usually harmless they can be very unsightly and people can be very self conscious about them particularly in the Summer Months when there is a tendency to expose the legs more.

Microsclerotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for these veins, which has been used for many years. Usually people will require 4 treatments, spaced several months apart, to get the best results. The treatment consists of injecting a special solution, using tiny needles, into the thread veins themselves. This then causes the thread vein to collapse and gradually disappear.

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How Does Sclerotherapy Work?

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a sclerosing agent, using a tiny needle, into the thread vein itself, which causes irritation to the lining of the vessel ultimately leading to its obliteration. Afterwards, surgical stockings, which are supplied, need to be worn for several days.

Does Sclerotherapy Hurt?

Usually no. As the needles used are so fine most people report only very mild temporary discomfort if any at all.

Who Is Suitable For Sclerotherapy?

At your consultation a full medical history will be obtained and your thread veins assessed to the suitability of Sclerotherapy. In general terms, if you are pregnant or breast feeding you are not recommended to have this form of treatment. Also if you suffer from varicose veins, it is recommended to have these treated first before the Sclerotherapy for the thread veins is done.

Can I Return To Work Afterwards?

After the injections there are no restrictions on driving or returning to work. You will however be required to wear surgical stockings (which we supply) for several days afterwards.

Are There Any Side Effects after Sclerotherapy?

Yes. The vessels are fragile and will look worse for the first few weeks after treatment. Serious side effects are very rare indeed.

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Please note that the photos on this website are for illustration purposes only; some have been supplied by the various manufacturers and not all have been taken in this clinic.

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