Make unsightly facial and leg veins a thing of the past.
Varicose veins are enlarged blood vessels that form beneath the skin. The one-way valves in the veins that would normally channel the blood back to the heart do not function properly, causing the blood to pool in the veins. This stretches the veins which creates swollen and twisted blood vessels. These veins can become large and unattractive and may ache, burn, itch or cramp.
Spider veins are small, thin blood vessels that lie close to the surface of the skin and are red or blue. They may be unconnected lines or may be in a spider web pattern. They can cover a large area and can be unattractive. They are common in the thighs, ankles and feet.
During sclerotherapy a tiny needle is used to inject a solution directly into the unwanted capillary. The solution causes it to collapse and shrink so that no more blood can flow through. Within weeks, the unused capillary is absorbed by the body and becomes invisible.
Following injection, the leg may be wrapped firmly in a compression bandage or stocking, although this is not always required. In any one treatment, a number of veins/capillaries can be treated. It is normal to require more than one treatment.
No anaesthesia is required and there in no preparation required before treatment. The treatment is not painful, but individual injections can cause a stinging or burning sensation. After several treatments, most people can expect a 50-90% improvement in treated veins. The fading process is gradual and may take a few months. Sclerotherapy usually produces a disappearance of spider veins, but does not prevent similar veins from appearing again. Medicare rebates are available for Sclerotherapy treatments.