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The doctor will initially assess your general health and that of your skin together with your venous system to ensure that you are suitable for the treatment.
After making you comfortable a very small needle is used to inject a small amount of a chemical called a “sclerosant” into the affected veins. Sometimes the vein will blanch immediately and on other occasions it will take time for the sclerosant to do its work.
Usually the doctor will tape a cotton ball to the skin over the are which has been injected to apply some pressure to the veins (this helps to keep them closed down).
When all of the affected areas have been
treated you will be asked to put on some heavy grade compressions stockings to maintain the pressure for a few days.
The thread veins will fade over several weeks and may require multiple treatments for best results.
Sclerotherapy is the injection treatment of visible and unsightly thread veins using chemical which block them and therefore cause the body to remove them making them fade or disappear. Thread veins on the legs are normally treated with sclerotherapy.
What are thread veins?
Thread veins are dilated and unsightly veins just below the surface of the skin. They are not dangerous and pose no risk to the health of the person suffering from them. Some people say that they itch or irritate. The cause of thread veins is unknown in most cases but some can be related to deeper venous abnormalities such as varicose veins of defective valves in the larger vessels in the skin. Associations have been put forward by some experts for example that they can be caused by taking baths which are too hot, over exposure to the sun or taking some forms of contraceptive or hormone replacement tablets, however, in most cases these factors do not seem to play a part in the development of the condition.
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