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Sclerotherapy

Spider veins and varicose veins are unsightly and can be a concern for many people who have them. Spider veins and varicose veins can be easily and effectively removed with Sclerotherapy treatment.

Sclerotherapy is a proven medical treatment and has been used since the 1930’s to treat painful varicose veins and unsightly spider veins. A solution made up of salt is injected directly into the vein, causing the lining of the blood vessel to swell and stick together, clotting the blood. Eventually the vessel turns into a scar and fades away.

The treatment is entirely safe, and you can resume your normal activities the same day. The procedure only takes 30 mins, and results may be seen within weeks but may take a number of months.
For the treatment to be successful, compression stockings have to be worn for a week post treatment to ensure great results.

Who is suitable for treatment?

All skin types can benefit from sclerotherapy. Microsclerotherapy is used for the smaller veins. If you suffer from varicose veins that are causing you discomfort, you should see your GP. The NHS will not treat thread veins but will treat the varicose veins that are causing these complications.

What happens at a treatment?

A consultation is necessary to ensure that sclerotherapy is an appropriate solution to your vein problem.

The treatment itself is time consuming and sometimes 1-4 appointments may be necessary to clear the veins. Appointment times last approx. 45 mins.

Post treatment, you will be provided with compression stockings that must be worn continuously for at least 96 hours. The stocking keeps the pressure in the leg veins without asking the bosy to maintain it so allowing the vessels to stay closed. Once the stockings are removed, the veins can appear worse before they start to improve. You must continue to wear the stocking for the next 2 weeks to promote recovery.

For two weeks post treatment it is advised

  • Long haul flights
  • Swimming
  • High impact exercise
  • Leg waxing or other hair removal treatments

How effective is the treatment?

Sclerotherapy has an excellent safety record and is approved by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence).

Please Note: results from the treatment will vary from person to person.

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