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.
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.
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.