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Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller. They are also closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. Often they are red, blue or purple. They can look like tree branches or spider webs with their short, jagged lines. They can be found on the legs and face and can cover either small or large areas of skin. The medical term for them is telangiectasia.
Spider veins can be caused by hormonal changes, sun damage or local injury. They can also occur as a result of larger underlying varicose veins which are not always visible. It is important that spider veins are fully investigated using ultrasound to identify the incompetent valves within veins the cause varicose veins, as failure to treat these usually results in early recurrence of spider veins and a poor cosmetic outcome.
Injection microsclerotherapy is a treatment for spider veins which involves injecting a chemical substance called “sclerosant” using fine needles. The sclerosant irritates the inner wall of the veins and causes them to become inflamed; the vein walls then stick together and the vein disappears.
The sclerosant used is sodium tetradecyl sulphate or “fibro-vein”, which has been used in the treatment of varicose and spider veins since 1946.
Injection microsclerotherapy treatment is not suitable if a patient is/has:
The number of treatments needed depends on the size and extent of the veins. Several injections in to the veins of one or both legs can be performed at each session, however the amount of sclerosant that can be injected in a single treatment will limit the number of injections you can have. If only a small number of spider veins are to be treated, sometimes only two or three treatments will be adequate. More extensive or prominent varicose veins may require a series of treatment sessions in order to reach the desired result.
Your consultant will advise you on the number of treatments you are likely to need ;however, You should expect to need further treatment in the future after your initial treatment which is from £495 per session, per leg. Any additional treatment you may need will be at a reduced cost from £395 per session, per leg.
Depending on the size of the area and number of veins to be treated, the treatment can take from 20 to 40 minutes. After keeping your legs elevated for 10 minutes, you will be able to go home after your treatment.
We advise that you leave 6 weeks between each treatment session in order for the results of each treatment to be clear.
The injections do tend to sting slightly but they are rarely painful, as only fine needles are used during the treatment. Some people do experience a burning sensation immediately after the treatment, but this usually only lasts a few seconds.
The treated areas may feel slightly sore and itchy for a few days. It is normal for there to be bruising at the injection sites; if you have had multiple injections the bruising can be extensive and may take several weeks to resolve. The veins themselves tend to appear worse and darker after treatment, but this will fade slowly.
It is not uncommon for the skin over the treated area to develop brown discolouration which can take from 6 weeks to over a year to fade. In rare cases, staining can be permanent.
By having a duplex ultrasound assessment of your leg veins at your initial consultation, we are able to exclude underlying incompetent or varicose veins. Although treated veins usually disappear, you may develop new thread veins in the future.
Most patients are pleased with the overall results of microsclerotherapy. Approximately 80% of patients are pleased, 10% satisfied and 10% unhappy with the results of treatment. You should expect to need further treatment in the future after your initial treatment which is £495 per session, per leg. Any additional treatment you may need will be at a reduced cost of £395 per session, per leg
The procedure is carried out by experienced vascular surgeons and practitioners. The sclerosant has been safely used for varicose and spider veins for many years; however, as with any medical treatment, it is not entirely without risk.
Injection microsclerotherapy treatment is not suitable if you have any of the following:
Please ensure that you adhere to the following instructions in order to obtain optimum results from your injection microsclerotherapy treatment:
Please do not use bath oils, lotions or creams on your leg(s) for 24 hours before your treatment.
Make sure that you have had something to eat and drink on the day of your treatment.
Please dress in loose clothing, jogging bottoms or a skirt and comfortable shoes when you come for your treatment.
Avoid waxing or shaving the treated area for two weeks.
Avoid hot baths for two weeks following your treatment; it is advised that you shower rather than take a bath during this time. Avoid scrubbing the skin over the treated area, or applying shower gel or soap directly to this area.
Do not apply body lotion or creams to the treated area for one week.
Avoid sunbathing (including artificial tanning on a sunbed) or using a sauna for four weeks.
Do not disturb, lift or pick any scabs that may form on the skin.