Sclerotherapy For Leg Veins
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.
You do regular exercise, maintain a healthy weight and stop smoking.
During the day you wear thick elastic stockings to compress the veins.
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.
Short bursts of laser / IPL energy are used to target and break down the veins.
A chemical solution is injected into each vein to seal it closed.
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)
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
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
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.
Nurse & Facial Aesthetics
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.