What is Microsclerotherapy?
Microsclerotherapy is one of the most common methods to treat telangiectasia, also known as thread veins or spider veins. These are the small blue veins that primarily appear on the lower legs, ankles, thighs and even the chest, and can affect anywhere up to 50% of adults.
It is important to find out if there is an underlying cause before carrying out any treatment however thread veins can be treated Microsclerotherapy successfully.
At Kolaine Beauty Lounge we also offer alternative methods to remove tread veins on the face – see Advanced Electrolysis here.
How does Microsclerotherapy work?
Treatment is carried out by placing an irritative chemical called a sclerosant into the superficial veins. Using a small needle to inject the diluted sclerosant solution into the feeder veins, the cluster of thread veins will lose their blood supply and disappear.
Please note, there is a maximum dose permitted for each patient so multiple sessions may be required for extensive cases.
What is the aftercare like?
After each session is completed a stocking is applied to each leg and worn for one week. Microsclerotherapy is generally well tolerated by the majority of patients with only minimal side effects. With the thread veins typically shrinking or disappearing within 2-3 weeks, a full recovery is expected within 3 weeks.
What are the side effects?
It is expected for most people to have a mild level of discomfort associated with the tiny injections and small skin swellings that look like insect bites. This should last no longer than a few hours. It is also common to develop a small level of bruising around the area and in some instances a small thrombosed vessel may appear. This looks like a small tube under the skin and may take anywhere between 6 and 12 weeks to disappear. All side effects can be managed and lessened by applying light pressure immediately after treatment.
On very rare occasions there is a more extensive source of increased pressure which would require endovenous laser ablation. If you are worried about any side effects, please speak to your specialist during the consultation.
How many treatments are required?
Depending on the extent of the thread veins, a varying level of sessions are required. Most patients will require between two and four sessions however there are extreme cases where multiple sessions are required.