Sclerotherapy is the name given to an injection treatment that is used to reduce the appearance of unsightly red, blue and purple thread veins on the legs. This treatment is not available on the NHS as it is thought to be a cosmetic issue, but this can cause great distress in both male and female clients with them feeling unable to show their legs 'in public'.
How does Sclerotherapy work?
The very small veins are injected with a prescription medicine of a sclerosing agent called Sclerovein and this causes the vein to collapse in on itself and be absorbed by the body. This process reduces the cosmetic appearance of these small veins. The process can take a few weeks to a couple of months before the full results are seen and depending on the severity and amount of veins a number of treatments may be recommended by your practitioner.
Is Sclerotherapy permanent?
No - it is generally thought that the treatment will need repeating from about 18 months when new veins may start to appear and another treatment is necessary.
How many treatments will I need?
There is a limit to the amount of treatment that can be done on each leg otherwise it can become extremely uncomfortable. If you require more than 1 x 2.5ml syringe in each leg then it will be split into separate treatments due to the discomfort that could be felt after working on dense areas of thread veins. You can have as many or as few treatments as you wish as long as it is beneficial for the process.
Does Sclerotherapy guarantee to remove all thread veins?
Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that the thread veins will not return or new ones will not appear. The thread veins will have appeared over time from various reasons-lifestyle, hereditary, smoking, standing for long periods of time, sitting with bent or crossed legs etc. If you change the reason they appeared in the first place you have a better chance of them not returning or taking longer to reappear.
How much does it cost?
The treatment is charged per syringe (1 x 2.5ml or part thereof) At the consultation you will be advised of approximate cost and then it is for you decide whether you wish to proceed with the treatment. You will need to provide a pair of good quality support tights for on the day of the treatment as you have to leave wearing them. The minimum cost is £195 and then per syringe is £195 or part thereof
What is the Aftercare?
The aftercare is very specific and must be adhered to minimise problems after your treatment. A written set of aftercare instructions will be provided along side your treatment but anything you are unsure of - just ask!!