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Sclerotherapy for Thread Veins
Thread veins are largely inherited. They are also hormone related and can get worse in pregnancy and on hormone replacement therapy. They can also follow trauma leading to heavy bruising including surgery for varicose veins.
Courthouse Clinics offers sclerotherapy: a minimally invasive treatment that destroys the veins that are reabsorbed. As one of the UK’s leading cosmetic treatment centres we offer only the most advanced, effective treatment options.
It is almost painless. The veins may look worse for the first three weeks, but they fade over the next three months and improvement continues over a year. The development of new thread veins is inevitable but the results usually last for several years.
Rita, Age 28 - LondonAn excellent experience. Highly professional whilst being friendly and relaxed- everything was explained both beforehand and as the treatment was being done. I've had good results only after 6 weeks. I didn't feel any pressure into making a decision about proceeding with treatment, either.
Kelly, Age 31 - StaffordshireI feel that I received efficient service. The results were clearly visible after 4 weeks and I am very happy that I made the decision to go through with the treatment.
Denise, Age 58 - BeckenhamDr Rose made a real difference to my life, I can now wear a SKIRT!
Amazing results and the doctor was superb and friendly. I will be telling all my friends about your clinic.
Frequently Asked Questions
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How does the treatment work?
A tiny needle is used to inject a sclerosing solution that damages the vein wall. The body recognises this and reabsorbs the vein, a process that takes a few weeks.
How successful is Sclerotherapy?
You can expect an improvement of at least 60% but 80% to 90% is usual. Occasionally the veins clear completely.
How effective is Sclerotherapy?
The results achieved through sclerotherapy will be permanent, however sclerotherapy will not prevent the development of new veins. Yearly thread vein removal sessions may be recommended to maintain a clear complexion.
How many treatment sessions are needed?
The treatment is quite quick and all the veins can often be treated in a single 30 minute session. Uptake varies and a second session is sometimes needed a month later.
Will there be any complications?
Treated veins often itch for a few hours afterwards. This confirms that the sclerosant has worked. Bruising can be expected for a couple of weeks. Larger veins may leave a coffee coloured stain which is still an improvement and usually fades after a few months.
Very rarely a small ulcer can develop at the injection site. Allergic reaction to the sclerosant is extremely rare (about 1 in 100 000).
What should I do before treatment?
Please avoid anti-inflammatory drugs such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen for at least 10 days to reduce bruising. It is best not to oil your legs beforehand. It is advisable to wear trousers or a long skirt to your appointment.
What happens afterwards?
Cotton wool will be taped over the injection sites to protect your clothes. They can be removed the same evening. Wearing support tights or stockings is recommended for a few days afterwards. Optimal results take up to 3 months so patience is needed as well as planning ahead before holidays in the sun.
The final results of treatment will gradually develop over the course of several weeks. Scar tissue will form in the treated veins, causing them to collapse. The collapsed vein will eventually be reabsorbed into the surrounding tissue, fading from visibility. Several sclerotherapy sessions may be needed to achieve optimal results.
How long does the treatment take?
Sclerotherapy is a fast, easy outpatient procedure that is typically completed in less than an hour. Approximately one injection is administered for every inch of thread vein removal. The number of veins treated during your session will depend on the location and size of your problem veins, as well as your overall health.
Is it painful?
Most patients find it uncomfortable rather than painful. The veins are right on the skin surface. The treatment is quite quick and often several veins are connected which means they can all be treated with a single injection.
Area Treated: Legs
Sclerotherapy prices start from £150
This varies depending on the size and number of areas requiring treatment. If you are interested please don’t hesitate to call us on 0845 555 5050 and speak to one of our customer care advisors. They will be able to answer any questions you may have, as well as book you in for a free-of-charge, no obligation consultation with an experienced cosmetic practitioner.