Sclerotherapy is a safe, painless and well established treatment for thread veins on the legs.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for thread veins on the legs. 50% of the population will develop problems with their leg veins during their life. In most cases there is a family history so the cause is likely to be genetic. Women in particular find the appearance of thread veins quite distressing but can be reassured that; a) though unsightly they are unlikely to cause symptoms or medical problems and, b) they can be treated and their appearance significantly improved.
This clinic offers a thorough assessment and diagnosis of your veins to exclude underlying problems in order to offer the best treatment option for you.
How does Sclerotherapy work?
A solution is injected with a very tiny needle, very superficially into the veins, causing the lining of the vein to break down. This damage to the vein wall triggers a healing response which over several weeks causes the vein to close and fade away.
What to expect after the treatment
The results are not immediate. The veins look worse before they get better and the treatment may need to be repeated at 4-12 week intervals. Compression hosiery is recommended to support the veins whilst they heal and to minimise side effects, for the first 7 days. This hosiery does not look medical and is designed to be comfortable and attractive! High impact exercise and extremes of heat should be avoided for 10 days, no long haul flights for 6 weeks, but otherwise normal activities can be resumed immediately.
What results can be expected?
Most patients see a 60-80% improvement in the appearance of the veins some between one and four treatments. The veins that are successfully treated will not recover but this is a treatment for the symptoms not a cure for the underlying causes so new veins may develop over time.