Leg vein treatment


Thread veins in the legs can be unsightly and embarassing for some people. Now there is a treatment that will improve their appearance.

Patient Information

  1. Sclerotherapy involves the use of a tiny needle to flush a small amount of a medication into the thread veins to cause them to dissolve away.
  2. We will not be able to get rid of every thread vein but we will try to decrease the venous appearance of your legs with gradual lightening of the thread veins with each session.
  3. You may feel a very slight pricking sensation as the injections are being performed.
  4. After the first day of treatment, the skin around the vein is a little pink and blotchy. Occasionally people with more sensitive skin see more pinkness or reaction around the vein. Usually a bruise is noted at the treated site. This usually disappears after a few weeks but in some cases may take months to fade.
  5. A length of tubigrip will be used to cover the treated area after injection. This should be left on for 24 hours. Please remember to bring the tubigrip back for use at your next session. Alternatively, you may prefer to wear your own support tights.
  6. Do not use any creams, oils, lotions, tanning, or perfumed products on the area on the treatment day, or the day after.
  7. Do not have a very hot bath or shower, or use any additional bath products on the treatment day, or the day after.
  8. You should avoid prolonged sitting, pounding type of exercise, squatting and heavy weight lifting after the treatment. You are encouraged to walk after the treatment.
  9. You are advised to avoid alcohol and aspirin 24 hours before and after treatment.

Possible complications of sclerotherapy include:

  • Pigmentation – a result of staining caused by small amounts of blood just under the skin surface.
  • Staining – faint brown marks left by the vein walls as they are dissolving.
  • Telangiectatic matting – very fine small blushes of capillaries left as larger thread veins regress.
  • Skin necrosis – a shallow ulcer can occur at the site of injection. This is unusual and always heals.
  • Allergic reactions – very unlikely and have not been reported with the solution used at The Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

Leg vein treatment FAQ

How does it work?

This is a technique that has been used widely for many years and involves the introduction of a small amount of anaesthetic-like agent into the vein, causing the lining of the vein to become irritated and the walls to collapse. The vein will eventually shrivel and disappear.

Does it hurt?

Some people report a slight, but temporary discomfort, sometimes described as a mild burning sensation that lasts for a few seconds.

How many treatments will I need?

Usually two or more treatments are required, spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart, but you will experience some improvement after the first session. Some redness and swelling may appear initially which will fade. Some areas may require several injections to achieve optimum results.

Are there any side-effects?

Sometimes people experience slight swelling, pigmentation or bruising, but this will fade. You should avoid alcohol, vigorous exercise and hot baths for 48 hours and it is recommended that you wear tubigrip for 24 hours post treatment.

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Leg vein treatment

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