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Sclerotherapy – Veins Removal Treatment

What is SCLEROTHERAPY? This safe, minimally invasive and virtually painless procedure has a high success rate in the treatment of small varicose veins and spider veins. Following an initial consultation with one of our consultants, a simple and discreet procedure takes place at our clinic, typically in under 30 minutes A tiny needle (which is so small patients often report the treatment is pain free or only slightly painful administers a solution into the vein, causing it to become almost invisible. The total number of your veins treated during a single session depends upon the size and location of your veins, as well as the overall medical health of each patient. Follow-up treatments may be required, but this will be assessed by our consultant and scheduled at least four weeks after the initial treatment, to ensure the results are accurately evaluated.

We are excited to announce that we now offer Sclerotherapy treatment at our clinic in Knightsbridge!

To book this treatment, either give us a call on 020 7225 3695 or book online via the button below.

Single Treatment £140

Course of 3 £360

SCLEROTHERAPY FAQ

What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is an injection procedure to treat thread veins. The procedure involves injection of a sterile solution (called a sclerosing solution) into the small veins using a very fine needle. This solution irritates the vein lining causing it to undergo fibrosis and eventually disappear. Many veins are injected at each session.
What are thread veins?
Thread veins are most common in women in the age groups 30-50. They may occur during hormone fluctuations of pregnancy and menopause . Thread veins look like a network of small veins. These pink and purple veins usually appear in a lattice pattern and are completely harmless.
Where is the treatment done?
Treatmen does not require any type of anaesthesia. The patient is asked to come to the clinic in loose fitting clothing and the thread veins are identified. The thread veins are injected with a sclerosing solution that will destroy them. The treatment causes minor discomfort.
What chemicals are used for sclerotherapy?
The thread veins are destroyed by injecting a small amount of a sclerosing solution into the vein. The sclerosing solution used is sodium tetradecylsulfate (Fibrovein). The chemical irritates the small vein and causes it to undergo fibrosis and eventually disappear.
How many sclerotherapy treatments are required?
It varies from individual to individual but typically 2-4 treatments are required for the best results. In patients with a few veins, 1-2 sessions will suffice. More treatments are required where veins are more numerous and extensive.
Do I have to limit any activity after the treatment?
Walking is recommended soon after the procedure. Normal activities can usually be continued after treatment.
Does sclerotherapy hurt?
There is a little sting associated with each injection which lasts few seconds. Most individuals tolerate the procedure and do not require any type of anesthesia. The majority of patients claim that the procedure is much less than painful than they anticipated.
What happens if spider veins are not treated?
Absolutely nothing. Thread veins are almost entirely a cosmetic problem. They do not form blood clots and they do not cause swollen feet. A few people find that their veins cause some aching which is relieved by sclerotherapy. Is there any harm in removing thread veins? Thread veins have no function and removing does no harm. The only reason they are removed is because of their unsightly appearance.
Can anyone undergo sclerotherapy?
Almost anyone with unwanted spider veins can be treated, except women who are pregnant or nursing. Other relative contraindications include those with skin infections, uncontrolled diabetes, fever, history of deep vein thrombosis, anticoagulant therapy those patients taking corticosteroids.
Is there any preparation required before sclerotherapy?
No preparation is required before the procedure.
What happens after sclerotherapy treatment?
There is some mild pain which can easily be overcome with paracetamol or ibprofen. The injected site will appear bruised and swollen for a few days. Many practitioners advise the use of compression stockings or bandages after treatment in order to minimise bruising and maximise the benefit of treatment. The bruising usually disappears in 2- 3 weeks. Most patients can resume their normal activities soon after treatment.
How long is each sclerotherapy session?
Treatment sessions usually last 30 – 60 minutes. This varies between different practitioners.
When can the treatment be done?
Sclerotherapy is an elective procedure and can be done whenever the individual wants to have it done. The procedure does not take more than 30-60 mins and can even be done during a lunch break. Treatment is done on an outpatient basis during convenient office hours. You can resume most activities shortly after each session.
What are side effects of sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy leads to few side effects other than a little discomfort and some bruising. Severe allergic reactions are rare. A few people may develop intense itching at the site of injection.
To book this treatment, either give us a call on 020 7225 3695 or book online via the button below.