Microsclerotherapy

Microsclerotherapy is the technique used to treat spider veins or thread veins of the legs. It is a relatively straightforward procedure which involves injecting a liquid into the veins which destroys them and causes them to disappear over time.

It is suitable for use on thread veins on the legs or body, provided they are beneath the heart. Thread veins on the face are better treated with Electro Surgery, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or laser. As gravity has an effect on the blood in the veins and also as the skin is more sensitive to burns, Microsclerotherapy is the most preferable treatment for thread veins below the heart.

Procedure Time

30 - 45 Minutes

Results

1 - 4 Months

Results Last

Permanently

Back to Work

Immediately

Recomended Treatments

1 - 6

Possible Risks

Mild Swelling & Bruising

Microsclerotherapy

Microsclerotherapy is the technique used to treat spider veins or thread veins of the legs. It is a relatively straightforward procedure which involves injecting a liquid into the veins which destroys them and causes them to disappear over time.

It is suitable for use on thread veins on the legs or body, provided they are beneath the heart. Thread veins on the face are better treated with Electro Surgery, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or laser. As gravity has an effect on the blood in the veins and also as the skin is more sensitive to burns, Microsclerotherapy is the most preferable treatment for thread veins below the heart.

Procedure Time

30 - 45 Minutes

Results

1 - 4 Months

Results Last

Permanently

Back to Work

Immediately

Recomended Treatments

1 - 6

Possible Risks

Mild Swelling & Bruising

Identify the underlying cause

It is important to note that before any Microsclerotherapy is undertaken, it is essential to have a venous duplex ultrasound scan which we will perform. This scan will confirm whether there are any hidden, underlying varicose veins which are feeding blood into the thread veins and keeping them open. *Failure to treat the underlying cause of the thread veins results in unsuccessful outcomes for the majority of people.

Pre-treatment consultation

During your consultation, your medical practitioner will evaluate your area of concern using a mesical device and review your medical history. 

What to expect during treatment

As thread veins and spider veins are minute, a tiny needle is used to inject small amounts of sclerosant, which is the liquid that destroys the veins.

The veins are so small that a very powerful magnifying glass with a strong circular light is used in order to get the very best view of the target thread veins or spider veins.

Watch the video below to see how microsclerotherapy works. Caution this video contains use of needles.

Post-treatment care

To achieve optimum results, the treated thread and spider veins need to be continuously compressed for 14 days and nights. This is the time needed for the body to turn the dying vein into scar tissue and is best achieved by wearing compression stockings.

Patients are encouraged not to remove the stockings until 14 days post procedure. If they are removed too early, blood will return into the vein and it will clot, leaving a brown staining. This staining can fade over the following months but sometimes it can become permanent.

Results from Microsclerotherapy

In general, patients need several sessions to get the optimal result and quite often the best results are only seen after a minimum of two to three months

Common Side effects

TRANSIENT HYPERPIGMENTATION
Approximately 5-10% of patients who undergo sclerotherapy notice a discolouration of light brown streaks after treatment. This usually fades in two to twelve months. 

SLOUGHING
This occurs in less than 3% of patients who receive sclerotherapy. Sloughing consists of small ulceration at the injection site that heals slowly. A blister may form, open, and become ulcerated. After healing, the skin should return to a normal colour. You may have what looks like a chickenpox or vaccination scar.

ALLERGIC REACTIONS
Very rarely, a patient may have an allergic reaction to the sclerosing agent used. This risk of allergic reaction is greater in patients who have a history of allergies.

PAIN
A few patients may experience moderate pain and bruise, usually at the site of injection. The veins may be tender to touch after treatment and an uncomfortable sensation may run along the vein route. This discomfort is temporary, in most cases lasting one to seven days. 

Do's and Don’ts

You will be given an in-depth after care leaflet to go home with.

Treatment Information and Documents

Below are the availible documents for Microsclerotherapy.

All of our downloadable information can be found here.

Common Questions

Pain is subjective but commonly clients say pain in minimal.

6 week intervals is reccomended.

For optimum results and to reduce complications such as discolouration then yes

Until you have your consultation, where your practitioner will assess your area, this would be difficult to gage. 

In the cooler months due to having to wear compression stocking.

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