Sclerotherapy is our treatment of choice for thread veins in the legs. This procedure is only suitable once a careful examination has been performed to exclude any underlying blood vessel problem that may have caused the thread veins. This is done at an appointment with Mr Mark Tyrrell, consultant vascular surgeon.
The length of time the procedure takes depends on the amount of veins that need treating. Typically a treatment takes around 40-minutes. Should large areas need treating it may be necessary to undergo several treatments as mentioned above.
After the procedure is completed, it is important to wear strong support tights for 10-days. Some areas may develop a brownish discolouration. You should expect some bruising and redness for the first week.
DO NOT have hot baths or showers for 48-hours. A cool bath or shower is permissible after 24-hours.
Avoid perfumed lotions, creams and soaps. Tea tree wash is recommended.
DO NOT shave your legs or have your legs waxed until 2-3 weeks after treatment.
Exercise is permissible after 24-hours, but strong support tights must be worn.
DO NOT swim for 1-week after treatment.
Legs may be red and sometimes swollen following treatment
Not all the thread veins may disappear after the first treatment. Further treatment sessions (2-3) may be needed on occasion. Further treatments must be at least 6-weeks after the previous treatment.
New veins may develop in time
Rarely, ulcers can develop at a treatment site
Brownish pigmentation or discolouration is possible, but this generally fades with time.
Infection or irritation can develop at the site of treatment. This may require treatment with antibiotics
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