Treatment for thread veins on the legs

What causes thread veins and varicose veins?

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.

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a safe, painless and well established treatment for thread veins on the legs.

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 results can I expect?

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.  Most patients see a 60-80% improvement in the appearance of the veins somewhere between one and four treatments.

Are the results permanent?

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.

Is this a safe treatment?

This is a very safe treatment but as with any other treatment, not entirely without risk.  This treatment is not suitable for everyone.  Your practitioner will take a medical history and discuss the possible risks and complications with you prior to treatment.

Is there any special aftercare?

You may resume normal activities immediately.  You will be given special hosiery to wear for a week after the treatment.  This looks like normal hosiery and you will have a choice of colours and styles.  You will be advised to take a 10 minute walk immediately afterwards, to avoid high impact exercise for 2 weeks, no steaming hot baths, showers, saunas or sunbeds for 2 weeks and no waxing for 4 weeks.  Please discuss any long haul travel plans within 4 weeks of treatment with the practitioner.

Are there any alternative treatments?

Our nurse will also be able to advise on cosmetic camouflage to improve their appearance for particular outfits or events and the use of compression hosiery for the management of symptoms such as aching, swelling and itch.