Who is a good candidate for this treatment?
People with small blue thread veins on the legs. This is not an appropriate treatment for larger varicose veins and may not work in tiny pink thread veins.
What can this treatment do for me?
Treatment can remove the most unsightly thread veins and improve the general appearance of the legs.
How is the treatment done?
A tiny needle is placed into the thread veins and a solution of 30% salt (saline) is used to cause the vessels to block and then gradually fade away.
What kind of anaesthetic do I need?
No anaesthetic is used during this procedure. The needle scratches are tiny though there is some stinging discomfort from the injection of the salt solutions. Most people find this slightly uncomfortable but not upsetting.
How long am I in hospital?
The treatment is done as an outpatient procedure.
How quickly will I recover from my treatment?
Some stinging can be expected for an hour or two after the operation. Small dressings are applied to the injected sites which remain in place for 48 hours after the surgery. Following this the legs may be a little achy and sore for up to a week and there may be discolouration of the treated thread veins which may take some weeks to settle.
What are the potential problems with this treatment?
In some patients the treatment is ineffective and for that reason a small test treatment is usually done first to ensure that it will work in your particular case. Brown discoluration from the blocked blood vessels may take some weeks to finally fade and occasionally small scabs are present at the site of injections.
How much will a microsclerotherapy treatment cost me?
Please contact our experienced team of medical secretaries and they will be able to advise you of costs at your chosen hospital. (Spire Norwich Hospital, Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital or BMI The Sandringham Hospital, King's Lynn).