What are “Threadveins”?
Thread veins on the leg are commonly called spider veins, broken veins, surface veins or venous flares.
They are dilated blood vessels (veins) in the most superficial layer of the skin – a layer called the dermis. Generally, the dermis is about 2-3 mm thick so the deeper the thread vein is in the dermis, the less distinct and colourful it looks. Lumpy varicose veins and green looking reticular veins, also known as feeder veins, lie underneath the dermis.
Thread veins of the legs differ in 2 main respects from thread veins on the face.
What will happen at my initial consultation?
As with all initial consultations at the HSJ Clinic there is no charge. This allows you to have time and confidence to discuss your concerns. We will carry out a full consultation, examination and hand held ultrasound assessment to determine whether treatment or further investigation is warranted. An estimate of the number of treatment sessions will then be made.
How is the procedure performed?
Microsclerotherapy involves the injection of a solution (sclerosant) into the small blood vessels. The vessels become inflamed and gradually close diverting the blood back into deeper vessels which are not visible. This reduces the appearance of the skin veins without affecting the venous drainage.
Are there any side effects of the treatments?
Appropriate selection of patients reduces the risks of side effects. However the following side effects can develop:
Complications are reduced with experience. Dr Jones has been assessing and treting leg veins for nearly 30 years!
Is the treatment painful?
The treatment is mildly uncomfortable. There is a warm irritation similar to an insect bite. Topical soothing products such as Aloe Vera may be applied. It may be advised to use grade 2 surgical sockings to further improve outcomes. Avoidance of sun exposure before and for 4 weeks after treatment will reduce the risk of pigmentation.
Are there any other treatment options?
Whilst laser treatments are more appropriate for facial vascular problems, microsclerotherapy remains the gold standard treatment for leg threadveins.