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Microsclerotherapy for the treatment of thread veins or spider veins.


Microsclerotherapy Treatments

Microsclerotherapy is used to remove surface and spider veins. It works by inserting a very fine needle into the vein to be treated. The vein is filled with a liquid known as a sclerosing liquid which causes microscopic damage to the lining of the vein. The blood is therefore directed away from this vein causing it to be absorbed by the body and the blood is diverted towards larger veins further under the surface.

Microsclerotherapy is much less painful than other injections or blood tests but the after effects are similar. For a day or two after treatment the site of the injection looks like a small insect bite but this goes quickly. A tiny scab may form and the area will look bruised. The bruising will last for around 2-3 weeks. Any remaining veins can be re-injected after about 8-12 weeks to reduce them further.

This treatment is not suitable for pregnant or breast feeding ladies nor for those taking certain medications. At your consultation you will be made fully aware of any side effects and any possible complications and you will be given an advice sheet on what to do before and after your treatment.

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What is microsclerotherapy?

Microsclerotherapy involves the introduction of an extremely fine needle into the vein to be treated. The vein is then filled with a sclerosing liquid which causes microscopic damage to the cells lining the vein. The body responds to this damage causing the vessel to shrink and eventually to be obliterated.

What does it feel like?

The sclerosing agent is used in tiny amounts and causes minimal discomfort, like a tiny pin prick. It is much less painful than other injections or blood tests.

What happens after microsclerotherapy?

For a day or two after treatment, the injection sites look rather like insect bites but these subside quickly. Tiny scabs may form at the injection site and the treated area will appear bruised. The bruising may last for 2-3 weeks. After 8-12 weeks remaining veins can be re-injected to reduce them further.

What are the possible complications of microsclerotherapy?

Complications of microsclerotherapy are rare but can occur. Following treatment some patients develop brown discoloration of the skin which is due to the deposition of an iron-containing pigment (hemosiderin) in the skin. This pigment may take a long time to fade away or, in very rare cases, can even be permanent. Other much rarer complications include allergic reactions to the sclerosing solution, inflammation and skin injury which may lead to the development of a small ulcer and permanent scar. The area around the ankle is more likely to have complications than other areas. For the above reasons pregnant or breast feeding ladies will be asked to postpone treatment and patients taking certain medications (such as anticoagulants) will be advised against microsclerotherapy.

How can I find out more?

Book a consultation or call us on 01204 570 900

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