Sclerotherapy

Microsclerotherapy is a technique used for the removal of surface and spider veins in the legs.

The procedures are carried out by a consultant or clinical nurse specialists.

A sclerosing agent is injected through a tiny needle which irritates the lining of the vein causing the walls to stick together.

Blood stops flowing and the veins are absorbed by the body’s natural defence mechanisms.

Bruising can last anything from two weeks to three months depending on the size of the blood vessels treated.

Due to bruising following injections the treated areas can look worse before they improve and it is necessary for patience and discussion with your practitioner to obtain a good result.

Firm compression stockings are worn for up to three days to minimise the amount of bruising.

A course of treatment is required to obtain the desired cosmetic outcome.

It is usually advisable to leave a two week period between treatments on the same area to allow bruising to settle.

Patients find that over time a few more thread veins may appear and it is common for an annual or bi-annual ‘tidy-up’ visit.

More information from the
British Vein Institute