Thread veins including leg veins, spider veins and matting are a common problem that can cause a great deal of distress and embarrassment. They can affect what we wear and make us feel less confident than we would like to. Surgery was the only answer years ago, but now there is an extremely effective treatment that has almost no down-time afterwards.
Areas suitable for treatment
Microsclerotherapy is ideal for leg veins, ranging from the tiny patches of matting up to small varicose veins. It can be used on other areas where veins are too prominently visible on the surface.
How treatment works
Tiny needles are used to inject small amounts of a sclerosant into the thread veins. Despite the best and most expert treatment at the time, some of these veins can recover and a few treatment sessions about 8 weeks apart is recommended to get full clearance. Treatment usually takes between 30 minutes to an hour.
Is it safe? Is it uncomfortable?
This is a very safe and popular procedure.
Most people hardly feel the injections at all and describe the treatment as a mild discomfort at worse. Itching or stinging can be experienced following injections and may last a few days as the sclerosant can be mildly irritating to the surrounding skin. Anti-histamines can be taken if itching is more severe.
There may be redness of the treated areas afterwards although it is usually mild and settles within a few hours. Very rarely, the sclerosant can cause some minor damage to the skin and small ulcers are possible. A small amount of bruising may occur. The risk of developing a deep vein thrombosis is extremely small, however, if there are any risk factors or past medical history of concern, treatment is not recommended. A full health assessment will be conducted prior to your treatment.
After your visit
You should expect to return to normal life immediately after treatment. There may be some mild discomfort in the legs and some itching and it is important to wear the stockings as advised. You will be given a post-treatment information leaflet and we recommend avoiding strenuous exercise, hot baths, saunas, extremes of temperature and prolonged sun exposure for a couple of weeks after treatment. It may take between 8 to 12 weeks to see improvement following your treatment and between 2 to 4 sessions are recommended to give best results.