Dilated blood vessels, also called thread veins or spider veins, have a red, blue or purple color and appear on the surface of the body, particularly the legs. These vessels can be unsightly and can produce a dull aching in the legs after prolonged standing. Surface veins occur in both men and women, but much more frequently in women. It is thought that the hormone Oestrogen might play a role in their development. They can also occur after a blow to a particular area of the body or as a result of wearing tight clothing.
Spider veins can be treated by injection of a solution that causes the veins to disappear, or at least become much smaller. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell and stick together. This is also known as Sclerotherapy.
Most people will require a course of spider vein treatments, with most vessels responding within three or four sessions.
There can be an overall improvement of 60-80 % following treatment.
It is important to realize that this treatment does not prevent new veins from emerging in the future. If new leg veins do surface with time then it may be necessary to have maintenance treatments.
Yes. Side effects may include skin markings, localized swelling, redness, bruising, itching and tenderness. Occasionally a darkening of the skin occurs which may take up to twelve months to resolve. Most of the side effects are minor and confined to the treated area.
After treatment we recommend that patients wear support compression stockings for two weeks. We also recommend refraining from exercise for at least two weeks.