This medical treatment involves introducing a foreign substance into a vessel with the aim of destroying it.
It is a highly effective treatment for ‘telangiectasias’ (thread-veins) and associated reticular veins.
It is noteworthy that more than 80% of the population are estimated to have telangiectasias and reticular veins and their presence can signify a more significant venous problem.
Sclerotherapy not only offers the possibility of remarkably good cosmetic results but also has been reported to yield an 85% reduction in symptoms. These, unfortunately common, symptoms include:
It is important for us to check your medical history, paying particular attention to known risk factors:
- worsening with pregnancy or menstrual periods
- stationary lifestyle
- history of hormonal therapy
- previous trauma
At your assessment appointment your doctor will carry out an examination which will include a brief ultrasound test as well as the use of a special Veinlite® which helps visualize the vessels under the skin. Following assessment, you will be able to discuss the best options for you.
You may of course choose to follow a conservative course of action.
This will include:
- Keep active/ avoid standing
- Sit with legs elevated when you can
- Consider use of ‘Class 2’ compression stockings
For anyone who is considered appropriate for, and elects to have a course of microsclerotherapy, it is essential to know that:
- After-care advice should be followed – provided in leaflet form
- Compression stockings must be worn – without them, treatment may fail
- Follow-up after 2 weeks is strongly recommended – occasionally, a ‘coagulum’ can form which needs to be removed to avoid abnormal discolouration from resulting
- Numerous treatments are necessary – we normally recommend 3, but this will vary depending on severity
- Some vessels (extremely small ones) may be better dealt with using laser