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What is micro-sclerotherapy?

This is a treatment for 'spider' or 'thread' veins on the leg - these lie on the upper surface.

The injection is a 'sclerosant' which irritates the lining of the vein and causes inflammation - the vein walls then stick together and disappears

Both men and women can experience these.

Permitted age for treatment :   from age 18 year old 

Who is not suitable for this treatment?

  • Unable to walk for any reason.

  • Currently taking oral contraceptives (Ideally this should be stopped one month before commencing treatment, as it could slightly increase the risk of a deep vein thrombosis).

  • Currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • Very overweight (obese).

  • Experiencing acute inflammation with/or without blood clot formation (phlebitis/superficial thrombophlebitis) in the vein to be treated.

  • A history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE).

  • An allergy to the sclerosant (sodium tetradecyl suphate or “fibrovein”).

  • An infection in the skin on the area to be treated.

  • An infection throughout the body (systemic infection), such as a virus or a cold.

  • Diabetes that is not well controlled.

  • Significant heart disease.

  • Significant peripheral arterial disease.

  • Significant kidney disease.

  • Varicose veins which require surgical/endovenous intervention.

  • Varicose veins caused by pelvic/abdominal tumours.

  • Currently on medication to thin the blood (e.g. Warfarin).

How is the treatment undertaken?:

- A full medical assessment is undertaken by the Advanced Nurse Practitioner 

-  The area of injection is jointly decided (if more than one area) and photos are taken

- The area will be cleaned 

- The veins will be injected by a tiny needle with a 'sclerosant'

- There should be minimal bleeding during the treatment 

Aftercare - a Aftercare leaflet will be given to you

1.   Expect bruising, inflammation and some pain

2.  For pain DO NOT take anti-inflammatories ie Ibuprofen but do take paracetamol

3.  Flight Socks are to be worn for at least 7 days 

4.  Avoid hot baths for 2 weeks 

5.  Avoid waxing or shaving for weeks

6.  Avoid sunbathing, saunas and hot tubs for 4 weeks 

Do I need repeat treatment?

Yes.......  Repeat treatment cannot be undertaken within 4 weeks. - but this depends on the size and the extent of the veins.

What are the side effects?

The treatment is a very safe procedure.  

Minor side effects:   Bruising and swelling to the injection site.  A small scab on the injection site and tenderness.   These fade within a few weeks depending how you particularly heal.

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