Sclerotherapy, unsightly spider veins and amazing results
Summer’s firmly here, but if you suffer from thread veins, everyone’s favourite time of year can be a bit of a nightmare. Yet it needn’t be, as there’s a great deal that can be done to improve – and in many cases – completely remove unsightly red thread or spider veins so you’re more than prepared to bare. Ashley Pallett takes a closer look at the treatment and how it can help.
What is a thread vein and why do I get them?
Red thread veins – or ‘spider veins’ – are normal veins that have always been there, but over time, they’ve dilated to become visible. Unfortunately, they’re usually cause by due to genetics, though be more common after pregnancy, and there are links to weight gain and smoking.
As we age thread veins also become more visible – this happens as skin becomes thinner, more fragile and more translucent.
Enough bad news, how do I get rid of them?
Treatment is very possible, and results are often dramatic. We use a method called Sclerotherapy, an injectable treatment. The veins are injected with a solution called a fibrovein that damages the internal lining of the vein and causes blood clotting. In time, the body heals the clotting, turning the vein into scar tissue, and fading from view. Brilliant, no?
What about varicose veins?
Sclerotherapy for varicose veins is possible – and can be very effective – though it depends on the severity of the problem. You’ll need to talk to your practitioner and have a consultation to see what will work for you. Varicose veins can need more serious treatment, and even surgery – something your GP can refer you for on the NHS.
What kind of results can I expect?
Sclerotherapy is effective. Studies1. suggest that as many as 50-80% of injected veins may be eliminated with each session of Sclerotherapy. Practically speaking, the ‘before and after pictures speak volumes – take a look at here.
What happens on the day?
The treatment itself doesn’t take long, and can even be performed in your lunchbreak. As it’s an injectable treatment, it will be performed by one of our clinical team – registered doctors and nurses who specialise in aesthetic treatments. After a consultation to talk about results and expectations, your clinician will cleanse the area, then inject the fibrovein solution into the veins to be treated.
The injections are very shallow, so barely hurt at all – past patients tell us it’s more like a scratch, and no more painful than plucking a hair. And the best news is that once a vein has been treated and collapses, it actually disappears, so it can never become red and unsightly again.
It’s a fantastic treatment, and one that our practitioners find inspiring to perform – the results can be literally life-changing:
“(a)..client was extremely self- conscious about spider veins on her leg. It had got to the point where she felt she couldn’t wear dresses or shorts in the summer. Following a course of sclerotherapy, she’s no longer so self-conscious and can’t wait to show her legs in shorts this year!”
Marie Dolan, Destination Skin’s Head Nurse Practitioner
“…the biggest change I’ve helped to bring about was for a client who visited us for help with thread veins on her legs. She was extremely embarrassed, as the veins were rather extensive.
We successfully completed a sclerotherapy treatment programme, and she was absolutely delighted with the results – and I was over the moon when she told me that she’d finally felt confident enough to wear a skirt for the first time in 15 years.”
Dr Eibi Inieko, Cosmetic Doctor, Injectables and Prescriptives Specialist
So if you’re feeling self conscious about spider veins, why not book an appointment – in as little as three weeks, you could be showing off beautifully vein-free skin. Book your consultation now
1. The Cleveland Clinic Department of Dermatology in the US.
Circulation Foundation: Varicose Veins – Injection Treatment or Sclerotherapy