Thread veins (also known as spider veins or telangiectasia) of the legs is a common problem, particularly affecting women. Small purple or red veins can form anywhere on the leg, from the top of the thigh to the ankle. While these thread veins do not pose any major health problems, sufferers may find them unsightly and embarrassing, and often attempt to conceal them with clothing, or resort to cosmetic cover-ups, the results of which are often disappointing.
No one has determined for certain the cause of thread veins. However, some families seem predisposed to the condition, other causes may include leg injury, long periods of standing or sitting and hormonal changes. Today a simple treatment called Sclerotherapy is successfully being used to correct unwanted thread veins of the legs.
What is Sclerotherapy?Sclerotherapy is a procedure in which a qualified practitioner, using a syringe with a tiny needle, injects a small amount of a special solution directly into the thread vein. The solution displaces the blood within the vein, making it blanch or turn white. The solution then causes the vessel to become irritated and to close shut, preventing the blood from re-entering the vein. Sometimes the blood clots and then turns brown producing a shadow of the flare which may persist for 2 – 3 months.
The thread vein will gradually fade and within two to eight weeks following treatment some will completely disappear. However, some areas may require several injections to achieve optimum results. An interval of 4 – 6 weeks between treatments is recommended.
Is the procedure painful?It’s possible that there will be some mild discomfort. Some people experience a slight to moderate burning sensation immediately after the injection, but this lasts only a few seconds.
Are there are side effects following treatment?Most people experience no adverse effects, however some minor side effects have been reported. These include slight swelling which resemble bee-stings and bruising which occurs as a reaction
to the injection but this invariably subsides over several days.
Occasionally a small dark area of pigmentation resembling a freckle may remain. These however, usually fade with time.
Can thread veins be prevented?There is no clear cut method of preventing the onset of Thread Veins; however, some authorities believe that the use of support hose, weight control and exercise may be beneficial.
Why choose Rivers for your treatment?
- Consultant led care (Specialist Vascular Surgeon)
- A GP referral is not needed for self -paying patients
- Qualified Surgeon or Registered Nurse with specialist Sclerotherapy training
- Safe hospital Facilities (with 24 hr back up)
- Comfortable private environment
- Relaxed, unhurried treatments
- Individual care – tailored to your needs