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What are thread veins and how are they removed?

As we head towards summer most of us start thinking about ditching our coats and jumpers and getting our shorts and flip flops out of hibernation, unfortunately this prospect can be less than welcome to those of us who have spider or thread veins on our legs. Many of our clients feel very self-conscious about these superficial blemishes and that can really take the fun out of an otherwise lovely warm summer’s day.

Fortunately this is an issue we’re able to resolve effectively and expertly with microsclerotherapy. This advanced treatment targets thread veins to leave skin looking clearer and younger. At L’Atelier Aesthetics we love nothing more than seeing our client’s smiling faces as their legs improve before their very eyes.

Let’s take a more in depth look at thread veins and how we can treat them:

Thread veins are small clusters of red or blue veins. They appear on the legs and are also known as spider or broken veins. Lots of factors contribute to their formation including ageing, hormonal changes, alcohol and smoking.

Microsclerotherapy is an evidence-based procedure for the effective treatment of leg thread veins (it can also be used on the body as long as the veins are below the heart). A solution is injected into the thread veins using a very fine needle. This causes the vein’s wall to swell and in turn, stops blood flow in the vessel. The vein then disappears.

As an Interventional Radiologist, I am a specialist in venous (vein) disease. I will carry out a clinical venous assessment to make sure that there are no underlying varicose veins before talking through the best treatment method.

If there are any varicose veins, we can discuss our varicose vein treatments (which I’ll also cover in a future blog)
A few questions answered;

What does the treatment involve?

We’ll inject a concentrated salt-water solution into the veins with a very fine needle. This causes the vein’s wall to swell and in turn, stops blood flow in the vessel. The vein then disappears.

How long do the results last?

The effects are usually permanent, although it’s possible for thread veins to form as they may have anyway at a later stage. It usually takes 6 to 8 weeks for optimum results and you may need more than 1 treatment.

How long does the treatment take?

You’ll usually be with us for 30 to 45 minutes and you may need several treatments.

Does it hurt?

The actual procedure is relatively pain free. You may have some aching in the treated area for the first few days but it’s easily relieved by a simple analgesic or gentle walking.

How do I care for the area after treatment?

You’ll need to wear a compression stocking for 3 days following the procedure and on any long haul flights. Avoid strenuous exercise, very hot baths and saunas for at least 72 hours after the treatment.

Is it safe?

Microsclerotherapy is a very safe procedure. In some rare cases, there’s a reaction to the injection resulting in slight bruising and small ulcers.

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