Sclerotherapy For Leg Veins

Thread veins on the legs develop as you age. Pregnancy and menopausal hormonal changes provoke their development, which is why women are more affected than men.
 
Approximately 20% of women in their 20s have leg thread veins, which rises to around 50% for those over 40 and over 70% by the age of 70.
 
Sclerotherapy is an effective and safe treatment to treat leg thread veins. We offer both micro and foam sclerotherapy allowing us to treat small and medium veins. We also provide laser treatments to clear up any tiny spider veins which cannot be treated with sclerotherapy.
 
As thread veins spread and grow they can become more difficult to treat, so early intervention will save you a great deal of time, trouble and expense.
 
 

Sclerotherapy treatments are painless, very accurate and do not leave scars. Faster results are achieved when treating leg veins compared to just using laser or IPL treatments.

Sclerotherapy treatments use a tiny needle to inject a solution into each individual thread vein to make the vein walls sticky. Compression is then applied, by you wearing a compression stocking, which closes the veins by making their walls stick together. As a result the veins become sealed and naturally fade away.

Healthy skin of all skin colours can be treated with Sclerotherapy. Micro Sclerotherapy is used for smaller thread veins and Foam Sclerotherapy for large thread veins (the foam technique simply expands to fill the cavity of the larger vein).

If you are suffering with varicose veins that are causing you discomfort, swelling or ulcers then you should consult your GP. The NHS will not treat thread veins, but it does treat varicose veins causing these complications.

You must first have a consultation to ensure Sclerotherapy is an appropriate solution for your leg veins.

As each vein has to be injected the process is time consuming, so 1 - 4 appointments may be required depending on the number of thread veins to be treated. Appointments are typically 30-45 minutes and your practitioner may apply a topical anaesthetic for your comfort.

After each treatment you must wear a compression stocking continuously for 72 hours, during which time you must not allow it to get wet.  The stocking acts as a bandage as well as keeping the vessels closed. When you first remove your stockings it is normal for the veins to look worse before their appearance improves. You must continue to wear the stocking during the day for the next 7 days to promote recovery.

We can eliminate any remaining tiny spider veins with Photothermolysis which uses our highly accurate Candela vascular laser.

Treatment Advantages Disadvantages
Lifestyle changes
You do regular exercise, maintain a healthy weight and stop smoking. 
  • Helps prevent condition from getting worse
  • Will support all other options below
  • Does not remove existing veins
Compression stockings
During the day you wear thick elastic stockings to compress the veins.
  • Improves circulation
  • Prevents condition from getting worse
  • Does not remove existing veins
  • Hot and sweaty to wear
  • Appearance is unattractive 
Surgery
A surgeon cuts and ties the affected vein diverting blood to healthier veins, or makes small incision in the leg and using a suction device removes the veins.
  • Single treatment
  • Immediate removal
  • Can treat large varicose veins
  • Risk of scarring at incision cuts
  • 1-3 weeks recovery
  • Possible overnight stay in hospital
  • 20% of procedures need to be repeated
Photothermolysis
Short bursts of laser / IPL energy are used to target and break down the veins.
  • Veins fade in 2-3 weeks
  • Suitable for fine to small superficial veins
  • No incision cuts, so no scars
  • Multiple treatments required
  • Moderate risk of pigmentation
  • Not effective at treating deeper veins
Sclerotherapy
A chemical solution is injected into each vein to seal it closed.
  • Veins disappear in 2-3 weeks
  • Suitable for small to medium veins
  • Can treat superficial and deep veins
  • No incision cuts, so no scars
  • Multiple treatments required
  • Minor risk of temporary pigmentation
  • Not suitable for large veins

New patients require a 30-minute consultation with a doctor or nurse to determine the best treatment plan for you.

Treatment Options From £
Foam Sclerotherapy for medium veins 225
Micro Sclerotherapy for small veins 200
Laser for fine thread veins
(Often used after Sclerotherapy to mop up any tiny veins)
86
Consultation  35

Practitioners

Dr Victoria Dobbie

Dr Victoria Dobbie

Victoria has over 18 years’ experience in aesthetic medicine and has performed over 36,000 treatments. Victoria speaks at conferences and has been involved in pharmaceutical steering groups for dermal filler product development. She has been a trainer for Ellanse, Silhouette Soft® and MINT® Threads and an Ambassador for Ultherapy and Obagi.

Victoria specialises in providing full facial rejuvenation through advanced combination treatments involving Ultherapy®, TIXEL®, Thread Face Lifts, TCA peels and aesthetic injections.

Victoria provides advanced injection treatments for chronic migraines, bruxism, TMJ and hyperhidrosis.

Victoria is also passionate in helping women through menopause with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Dr Victoria Dobbie BDS
Dental Surgeon & Facial Aesthetics
GDC 69584

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Clinical Director
Claire Jackson

Claire Jackson

With over 12 years' experience in aesthetic medicine, Claire is highly skilled in advanced procedures enabling her to discuss a wide range of treatment options to achieve your goals with minimum discomfort and downtime.

Claire specialises in treating photodamaged skin, trauma scars, stretch marks and skin disorders such as rosacea and acne. In addition Claire provides facial rejuvenation through treatments involving Ultherapy®, Threads, TIXEL®, EndyMed, TCA peels and aesthetic injections.

 

 

Claire Jackson RGN INP
Nurse & Facial Aesthetics
NMC 05F1684E

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Elspeth Cocozza

Elspeth Cocozza

Elspeth has over 6 year experience in nursing and patient care. She specialises in treating injectable treatments, thread veins, micro-needling, PRP hair loss and skin rejuvenation.

Elspeth Cocozza
Nurse & Facial Aesthetics
NMC 11I1662S

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What is Sclerotherapy's safety record?

Sclerotherapy has a great safety record and is practiced by the NHS. NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) found Micro Sclerotherapy to be effective and that, on average, the Foam Sclerotherapy was effective in 84 out of 100 cases.

Common side effects are temporary blisters, crusts scabs, bruising and pigmentation which will disappear during recovery. In rare cases, usually when aftercare instructions have not been followed, large weeping blisters can appear. In extremely rare cases the treatment can lead to blood clots. Our doctors and nurses provide highest standard of care and should you need support they will answer your questions or resolve any concerns.

How do I find out if this treatment is suitable for me?

Arrange a 30 minute consultation with our expert practitioners who will examine your concern, check your medical history and then recommend appropriate treatment options whilst explaining associated costs, expected outcomes and any risks.
 
We charge £35 for each consultation to cover the costs, which means you get honest advice from which you can make an informed decision and are never pressured into making a decision.

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Author: Elspeth Cocozza
First published: 05/01/2022
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Elspeth has over 6 year experience in nursing and patient care. She specialises in treating injectable treatments, thread veins, micro-needling, PRP hair loss and skin rejuvenation.

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Nurse & Facial Aesthetics
NMC 11I1662S

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