Microsclerotherapy is a safe and effective technique used to treat spider veins or thread veins of the legs. It is a relatively straightforward procedure which involves injecting a special solution, into the veins which destroy them and causes them to disappear over time.
Generally, four treatments, spaced several months apart, will achieve the best results.
**Note: The use of compression stockings is recommended for two weeks after every session.**
Q: What’s the difference between spider and varicose veins and can both be treated with Sclerotherapy?
A: Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that twist and turn. Spider veins are easily visible through the skin. They are most often seen on the legs and face and are completely harmless.
Varicose veins (varicosities) are bulging, abnormally enlarged veins near the surface of the skin, commonly found in the legs or pelvis area. The failure of these veins to circulate blood properly causes blood to pool within the vein. Each vein has a series of valves, which are designed to prevent blood from flowing backwards. When these malfunction they allow blood to collect creating pressure inside the vein and form protruding, unsightly veins that are often accompanied by discomfort or pain.
We are only able to treat spider veins at Cosmetica London. Varicose vein removal requires surgery which your doctor can help you with.
Q: What causes these veins?
A: There are some factors that can cause a person to suffer from varicose and spider veins. These include:
- Occupations that involve a lot of standing, such as nurses, hair stylists, teachers, and factory workers
- Hormonal influences during pregnancy, puberty, and menopause
- The use of birth control pills
- Postmenopausal hormonal replacement
- A history of blood clots
- Conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen including tumours, constipation and externally tight worn under garments
Q: Is there any harm in removing spider veins?
A: Spider veins have no function and removing does no harm. The only reason they are removed is because of their unsightly cosmetic appearance.
Q: When is the best time to have Sclerotherapy?
A: Although you can have Sclerotherapy all year round, Dr Mica Engel advises to have it done in the cooler months as wearing the compression stockings can make you feel hotter and constricted in summer months. You also can’t have direct sunlight on the treated area for four weeks after the treatment.