Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias or angioectasias, are small, dilated blood vessels. The affected vessels appear like thin red or blue lines on the surface of the skin and look like spider webs or tree branches.
Anyone can suffer with spider veins, and they can appear on any part of the body but mostly affect the legs. Although harmless, they can cause distress as the sufferer often feels self-conscious, particularly if the veins are on an exposed part of the body, such as the legs, which people can see.
Micro-Sclerotherapy effectively treats spider veins. It’s often considered the treatment of choice for small varicose veins. The procedure can also improve related symptoms such as aching, swelling, burning and night cramps. Micro-Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein that causes it to scar and collapse, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.
The procedure is performed in our clinic, does not require anaesthesia and usually takes 15 minutes to an hour to complete depending on the extent of the veins. There is usually minimal or no discomfort during micro-sclerotherapy injections due to the size of the needle and the superficial injection technique. A single blood vessel may have to be injected more than once, depending on its size. Repeat injection sessions can be scheduled in practice, most patients require between 2 and 6 treatments at 4 to 8 week intervals.
The above guidelines are based on toxins manufacturers, clinicians and research.