Sclerotherapy is a long-standing and commonly used treatment technique to remove unwanted thread or spider veins, which can often cause patients discomfort and/or pain.
- Average treatment time
- What results can I expect?
Most thread or spider veins can be removed completely with repeat treatments. However about 10% of veins will not respond to treatment and in this instance an alternative treatment option will be discussed.
- How long will my results last?
Results can be permanent. Once the vein is destroyed it will not return.
- Is there any downtime required?
Usually no downtime is required. We may ask you to wear compression stockings for 24 hours following treatment.
About this treatment
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of an irritant called a sclerosant into the unwanted vein. This solution causes the vein to expand and swell, cutting the blood flow and damaging the lining of the vein. Several treatments may be required to remove the vein completely.
Sclerotherapy offers fast treatment times with little or no downtime. Full results will usually take 4-6 weeks to show for a smaller thread vein.
Frequently asked questions
Is this treatment right for me?If you have an unwanted thread or spider veins we often recommend Sclerotherapy to remove them, especially if they are causing you pain or discomfort. All treatment options will be discussed with you at your patient consultation before final recommendations are made.
How does this treatment work?The injection of irritants causes the vein or veins to swell, cutting off the blood supply, which in turn causes the vein to shrink and eventually collapse. The body then disposes of the collapsed vein naturally. More than one sclerotherapy injection is often required to destroy the vein.
Will I feel any pain during my treatment?This will vary from patient to patient. A burning or tingling sensation may be felt in the area being treated but this usually gives minimal discomfort. Some patients feel no discomfort at all.
Are there any side effects or risks associated with this treatment?You may experience bruising, redness or mild pain in or around the treated area following treatment. Sometimes small branches of blood vessels close to the vein may also appear, but they will usually disappear on their own.