What you can expect?
Before the treatment, you’ll have an initial consultation with a dermatologist who will decide if you're a good candidate. Once you’re given the green light, the magic can begin. Using a very fine needle, a salt solution is injected directly into each vein. At most, this is slightly uncomfortable and you might experience a bit of cramping for a moment. The treatment will finish with a compression stocking being applied to help the healing process. After that, you can look forward to witnessing your varicose and spider veins vanish away!
Depending on the number of veins on show, a course of 2-4 treatments is usually advised.
Know before you go
- Try to avoid doing exercise for a few days after the procedure.
- You might experience some itching, raised red areas or some mild bruising after the treatment, but this should die down within a matter of days.
- If needles are a big no-no for you, you shouldn’t worry – the needle is so tiny that most people can’t feel a thing.
- Depending on the number of veins on show, a course of 2-4 treatments is usually advised.
The sciencey stuff
Varicose or thread veins are very small, abnormally dilated blood vessels that lie close to the surface of the skin. In sclerotherapy, the salt solution that’s injected causes the lining of the blood vessel to scar, forcing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. Over time, the vein fades and disappears. Magic indeed!