(spider-vein removal)

Sclerotherapy treatment was developed in the 1920s for the treatment of varicose veins. This was refined for the treatment of thread veins, and this is what we now call microslerotherapy. Micro simply refers to the very small veins targeted by this procedure. Both these treatments are now very popular and successful.

Microsclerotherapy is the technique of injecting thread veins with a special substance known as a sclerosant, usually a solution called sodium tetradecyl sulphate that causes swelling in the veins wall. If the vein is small enough, the swelling will destroy the vein over several weeks, making it much less noticeable or even invisible. It is mostly used on legs and other thread veins on the body but is rarely used on the face. In practice, most people require between 2 and 6 treatments at 4 to 8 week intervals, depending on the size of the veins.

There is usually minimal or no discomfort during microsclerotherapy injections due to the size of the needle and the superficial injection technique.

Following injections, a swab may be taped over the treated area, and often a special bandage and compression stocking is applied which may be worn for several days to help assist shrinkage of the thread veins. A single blood vessel may have to be injected more than once, depending on its size.

It is common for around 75 percent or more of your veins to vanish, but you should be aware that 100 percent disappearance of all veins may not be achievable.