Sclerotherapy and Thread Vein Treatments
We no longer provide this treatment.
Thread veins on the legs, although not a health problem can cause discomfort and embarrassment to many people, leading to a loss of self esteem, particularly as clothing choices become restricted. Many people who have thread veins find them unsightly and often attempt to conceal them with clothing or cosmetic cover ups, the results of which are often disappointing. Today, a simple treatment called Sclerotherapy can provide the solution.
Frequently asked questions:
How does Sclerotherapy work?
Sclerotherapy, a technique which has been widely used for many years, involves the injection of a small amount of anaesthetic like solution into the thread vein. The solution irritates the cells lining the vein, causing the walls to collapse and disappear as they are re-absorbed by the body.
Does it hurt?
Some patients report a slight burning sensation which lasts for just a few seconds.
How many treatments will I need?
After some initial redness you may observe some improvement. Over a period of 12-24 weeks they will gradually fade, depending on their severity. Usually 2-3 treatments are required, although some areas may require several injections to achieve optimum results.
Are there any precautions I should take?
You should avoid alcohol, vigorous exercise and hot baths for 48 hours. You are required to wear tubigrip for 24 hours following treatment.
Are there any side effects?
At the consultation our nurse will usually inform you of treatment considerations. Some people experience a little redness or puffiness, but this should subside within a few days.