Thread, spider or red veins of the legs are a common problem which particularly effects women, and often there is a family history. These small veins can occur anywhere on the leg from the top of the thigh to the ankle and while they do not pose any major health problem, they are unsightly and often cause significant embarrassment. At Avalon Aesthetics we are able to offer a simple treatment called microsclerotherapy to correct unwanted thread veins of the legs.
The solution displaces the blood within the vein causing it to turn white initially. The lining if the vein is irritated by the sclerosant in the solution. The inflammation in the vein wall triggers a healing response which over several weeks causes the vein to close and fade away.
Treated veins usually disappear within two weeks, but occasionally it can take up to two months. In most cases, more than one treatment session is needed to successfully treat both legs. However, in all but the most severe cases, only two or three sessions lasting about 45 to 60 minutes are needed.
Patients report a little minor discomfort with the superficial injections, which settles within a few seconds. Local anaesthetic gels can be applied to the skin prior to the treatments but are not usually needed. There can be some itching and redness after the treatment which usually resolves within 24 hours, simple antihistamine can be taken to relieve itching if needed.
Treated veins usually disappear within two weeks, but occasionally it can take up to two months. In most cases, more than one treatment session is needed to successfully treat both legs. However ,in all but the most severe cases , only two or three sessions lasting about 45 to 60 minutes are needed.
Very rarely , a small dark area of pigmentation resembling a freckle may remain. However, these spots usually resolve In time. The development of tiny networks of fine red vessels near the injection site of larger veins can very occasionally occur after treatment. Most resolve spontaneously and others disappear with further injection treatment. Allergic reactions to the solution are very rare.
You will be advised to resume normal activities immediately but to avoid high impact exercise for 2 weeks, very hot baths or saunas, sun beds for 2 weeks and no leg waxing for 4 weeks after treatment.
Most people who are self-conscious or embarrassed by unsightly thread veins are delighted with the results gained from microsclerotherapy.
Dr Strawford, offers a thorough assessment and diagnosis of your veins, to exclude more serious underlying pathology in order to offer the best treatment options to suit you.
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