Microsclerotherapy is the gold standard procedure used for the removal of surface thread or spider veins, known as telangiectasia. The treatment is suitable for use on thread veins on the legs or body, provided they are beneath the heart.
Veins on the legs are injected with a fluid using a very fine needle. The solution irritates the lining of the vein causing the walls of the vein to stick together. Blood stops flowing through the veins which are then absorbed by the body’s natural defence mechanism.
An initial 20 minute consultation is required to check suitability of the client, where a medical history, examination and Doppler assessment is carried out. The following procedure takes approximately 1 hour and you will be requested to wear class 2 compression stockings for 3 days and nights, which will be provided for you. Then daily for 2 weeks, longer if possible.
Some needle marks and/or bruising may appear and can last for 2 weeks, but in some cases longer. The legs may appear a little worse because of bruising so it is necessary to be patient.
Microsclerotherapy is a very successful treatment for surface veins and a good outcome is generally achieved in 60-80% with the first treatment although subsequent treatments may be required. Realistic expectations avoid disappointment so discussion with your clinician is essential.