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How does the process work?
The first step is to book a consultation where we can discuss the desired outcome and perform patch test. Initial Consultation £0, Patch Test £20.
Does it hurt?
Skin type is a fundamental effecting factor in this treatment as due to the high level of pigment in the skin. Tolerance of pain is very individual from person to person and machine to machine. No anaesthetics are required, and most people describe the sensation as similar to that of a rubber band snapping onto the skin. You may find it comforting to cool the skin after the treatment.
Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?
The light used is a completely safe, visible light. Potentially harmful wavelengths are removed by our unique filtering system. Since tanning takes place by accumulation of pigment (melanin) in the skin, it is, however, important to avoid tanning (sun, solarium or self-tanning cream) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb more light, which makes treatment less effective.
Generally, no post-treatment care is needed. But people with sensitive skin may benefit from using a soothing cream for a few days after treatment. We recommend you limit sun exposure and use a sunscreen (SPF 60) for a few weeks following treatment. After treatment of thread veins on the legs, compression (surgical) stockings should be worn for two weeks. Avoid smoking 4h before treatment.
If larger veins on the leg have already been treated (surgery or sclerotherapy), the treatment should be delayed for at least one month to allow the healing process to be complete first.
How many treatments do I need?
The number of treatments depends on the body site and the severity of the thread vein. Clinical studies have confirmed that 1-4 treatments usually are needed, and these are timed about one month apart. Thread Vein Removal: from £70 per session per area, course of 3 £200.
What is injection microsclerotherapy and how does it work?
Injection microsclerotherapy is a treatment for spider veins which involves injecting a chemical substance called “sclerosant” using fine needles. The sclerosant irritates the inner wall of the veins and causes them to become inflamed; the vein walls then stick together and the vein disappears.
The sclerosant used is sodium tetradecyl sulphate or “fibro-vein”, which has been used in the treatment of varicose and spider veins since 1946.
Am I suitable for Micro sclerotherapy?
Injection microsclerotherapy treatment is not suitable if a patient is/has:
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed depends on the size and extent of the veins. Several injections in to the veins of one or both legs can be performed at each session, however the amount of sclerosant that can be injected in a single treatment will limit the number of injections you can have. If only a small number of spider veins are to be treated, sometimes only two or three treatments will be adequate. More extensive or prominent veins may require a series of treatment sessions in order to reach the desired result.
Your specialist will advise you on the number of treatments you are likely to need; however, you should expect to need further treatment in the future after your initial treatment which is from £200 per session.
How long does the treatment take?
Depending on the size of the area and number of veins to be treated, the treatment can take from 20 to 40 minutes. After keeping your legs elevated for 10 minutes, you will be able to go home after your treatment.
We advise that you leave 6 weeks between each treatment session in order for the results of each treatment to be clear.
Does it hurt?
The injections do tend to sting slightly but they are rarely painful, as only fine needles are used during the treatment. Some people do experience a burning sensation immediately after the treatment, but this usually only lasts a few seconds.
How quickly does the treatment work?
The treated areas may feel slightly sore and itchy for a few days. It is normal for there to be bruising at the injection sites; if you have had multiple injections the bruising can be extensive and may take several weeks to resolve. The veins themselves tend to appear worse and darker after treatment, but this will fade slowly.
It is not uncommon for the skin over the treated area to develop brown discolouration which can take from 6 weeks to over a year to fade. In rare cases, staining can be permanent.
What should I expect from the treatment?
Most patients are pleased with the overall results of microsclerotherapy. Approximately 80% of patients are pleased, 10% satisfied and 10% unhappy with the results of treatment. You should expect to need further treatment in the future after your initial treatment which is £200 per session. Although treated veins usually disappear, you may develop new thread veins in the future.
Is the treatment safe?
The sclerosant has been safely used for varicose and spider veins for many years. However, as with any treatment, it is not entirely without risk.
What are the potential risks or side effects?
Immediately after the treatment, you may experience slight swelling, redness and itchiness over the injection sites.
Bruising is common and can be quite extensive, taking 3-4 weeks to resolve.
Brown/reddish staining or discolouration can occur, and can persist even after the veins have disappeared. Although this staining tends to fade over time, it may not completely disappear. The staining generally becomes darker when exposed to sun light, so we advise that you avoid sun exposure unless a total sun block (SPF 50+) can be applied to the treated area.
Some patients may develop a small painful lump at the site of an injected vein, particularly if a large vein has been treated. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. Brufen) may help to relieve these symptoms, in addition to wearing the compression stockings is recomended.
Occasionally, a small ulcer may develop at the injection site as a result of the sclerosant leaking under the skin. This may be sore, take a few weeks to heal and may leave a small white scar.
Generalised allergic reactions to the chemicals used during the injections can occur but are extremely rare.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) associated with injection microsclerotherapy is rare.
Telangiectasia matting – This is a rare complication associated with microsclerotherapy treatments and describes the formation of new very fine spider veins. These veins typically arise on the inside of the knee and the outside of the thigh, and look different to original spider veins as they appear similar to a bluish or red bruise. These veins can develop several months after treatment, and often disappear without requiring further treatment within 6-12 months.
Injection microsclerotherapy treatment is not suitable if you have any of the following:
IPL Thread Vein Removal or Micro-Sclerotherapy
You don’t have to try to cover your thread veins anymore. The AW3® IPL systems uses short, safe bursts of light emitted from a flash-lamp to quickly remove those thin veins (technically called telangiectasias) from your face or legs.
A thread vein is a small blood vessel near the surface of the skin. The operator guides the visible light from the flash-lamp to the blood vessels needing treatment. The unique AW3® IPL system carefully filters this light in two ways to ensure that only light with the correct characteristics (wavelengths) is allowed to reach your skin.
Blood contains haemoglobin that absorbs the light and converts it into heat. This heat destroys the protein in the wall of the thread vein. As a result the veins will gradually, and safely, disappear after treatment.
To ensure optimal light transmission to the blood vessel, a thin layer of gel (similar to that used in ultrasound examinations) is applied to your skin before treatment.
Which thread veins can be treated?
Thread veins on all parts of your body can be treated. The most common treatments are for superficial veins in the facial, chest or leg areas.
As the treatment relies on absorption of light by the haemoglobin in the blood, the most effective results are seen with light skin. The lighter the skin, the more pronounced the contrast between the vessel and the skin, making treatment easier. However, AW3® systems have pre-programmed settings for different skin colours that deliver the correct energy output for your complexion.