What are thread veins?
Whether you’ve already booked your consultation or are considering it, these pages will give you all the information you need about Dr Conlon’s Aesthetic Clinic and any questions you may have about thread veins and their treatment.
It is estimated that one in four women, and an unknown number of men, suffer from thread veins of the legs. Thread veins of the legs are often called “spider veins”, “broken capillaries”, “broken veins” or “venous flares”.
Although in the past many people have gone to beauty clinics or cosmetic clinics for the treatment of thread veins of the legs, research performed in 2001 has shown that the majority of people with leg thread veins actually have underlying vein problems.
If you have thread veins, you really should have a venous ultrasound before having any treatment to make sure that you don’t have leg pump failure (venous reflux) underlying the thread veins.
At Dr Conlon’s Aesthetic Clinic, Dr Clare Conlon will perform an ultrasound scan of the legs. This information allows the very best treatments to both get rid of the thread veins from the legs as well as reducing the risk of other thread veins returning in the future.
This information is intended to be educational so, if you suffer from thread veins, it will help you to understand what your doctor means when they explain your condition and treatment to you.
There are several treatments available for thread veins depending where they are. For the legs, the best treatment is usually microsclerotherapy. Laser treatment, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and electrolysis are best for thread veins on the face.
Microsclerotherapy involves injecting a chemical into the veins using tiny needles. This destroys the vein making the walls of the veins fibrose (or “stick”) together. After treatment on the legs, you will need to wear compression stockings for 2 weeks.
As microsclerotherapy closes the veins by inflammation of the wall, most patients get a patch of inflamed skin over the site of the injection which lasts for up to two weeks. This inflammation is actually very good – it is the body’s way of removing the dead vein. The area then settles down but the full benefit can take up to 12 weeks to be seen. After that you will find that the veins often continue to improve for up to a year after the treatment. Depending on the number of thread veins on the legs, several sessions may be needed to get the required results, but usually two will be enough.
Does it Work?
Compared with other treatments, microsclerotherapy gives the best results. It is the gold standard for treatment of thread veins, with 95% of our patients seeing an improvement with a good or very good result.
Are there any side effects to microsclerotherapy?
As with any medical procedure, there are some risks involved, but complications with microsclerotherapy are very rare and are generally of a very minor nature:
Allergies are often quoted as a problem but they have never been reported.
Consultation and assessment at the clinic is a three-stage process that can be carried on one or two visits.
On the first, consultation and assessment takes place. The patient will have a thorough examination and ultrasound scan of the legs to identify problems and suitability for treatment. These results will be discussed on this visit and recommended treatment plans explored.
The first appointment takes around 40 minutes
The patient is then free to go and on the second visit the treatment is performed.
The treatment will last around an hour. Following this, the patient can leave the clinic and return to normal activities. There is no requirement for an anaesthetic for the procedure.
Compression hosiery must be worn day and night for 14 days and wearing compression hosiery increases the success of the treatment.
Why choose microsclerotherapy for removal of your thread veins?
The treatment includes a full examination, detailed venous scan and follow-up appointment.
By having your thread veins treated at the Dr Conlon’s Aesthetic Clinic, you are ensuring that you have a Whiteley clinic trained doctor to fully assess and perform the best, most effective treatment to remove your thread veins.