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Microsclerotherapy

A treatment that is used to safely remove thread veins on the legs, microsclerotherapy is an effective alternative to more ablative methods – such as laser or IPL, which is a popular treatment used in many clinics. Microsclerotherapy involves an injection into the thread vein, or ‘spider vein’ containing a liquid solution. This solution destroys the wall of the thread vein, causing it to disappear.

Thread veins can appear anywhere on the body and are the result of burst blood vessels near to the surface of the skin. Their cause is often down to stress or trauma to the skin (such as with people who spend lengthy times on their feet), as well as appearing during pregnancy or as part of the symptoms related to rosacea (a condition affecting the face). Affected people are not often happy with their appearance, which can see them develop as a single strand or as a cluster.

When undergoing microsclerotherapy at Ambra Facial Aesthetic Clinic, identifying possible causes for the concern can help with the approach that may be needed. The procedure will involve using a very small needle to administer the sclerosant solution directly to the thread vein in small amounts. In order for the vein(s) to disappear effectively, pressure will need to be applied following the treatment. Initially this will be achieved by taping a swab to the skin which will need to be replaced by a compression garment for the next 21 days and nights.

A personal treatment plan will be put together during your pre-treatment consultation and will be personalised according to your individual concerns. It may be necessary for microsclerotherapy to be performed in a series of treatment sessions in order to achieve maximum results which creates a more even tone to the skin.

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Thread veins can appear as a single strand or as part of a cluster. Microsclerotherapy is considered to be an effective way of getting rid of this noticeable condition when it affects the legs or an area on the lower part of the body. Using this method benefits areas below the heart as the blood is less affected by the effects of gravity and the skin is also less sensitive. Other contraindications will be discussed at the pre-treatment consultation.

In order to ensure the safety of this treatment, a thorough assessment will be carried out prior to the procedure. It is advisable that Dr. McMillan has been given details of your general health, allergy history and medical history so that a treatment plan can best suit your needs.

It is not often reported that this treatment causes a person much pain, however as the injections are administered, you may experience a slight stinging sensation. Very fine needles can help to minimise any discomfort and any sensitivity that occurs as a result of the solution being applied, will only last for a few seconds.

The treatment site may become slightly swollen, red and bruised following the procedure. Swelling and redness should settle within 24 – 48 hours, however, bruising may take a few weeks to disappear. The solution can, in some cases, leave some staining behind under the skin which often fades over time. Other side effects, including the development of a small painful lump or an ulcer, will be explained to you during your pre-treatment consultation.

Minimal downtime can be expected from microsclerotherapy. Although there may be some swelling in the immediate after effects, this should not interfere with your ability to continue with your day. Achieving the best outcome may require a series of procedures carried out 6 weeks apart and the full results may not be seen until removal of the compression garment following the final treatment session.

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