Microsclerotherapy is the technique of injecting thread veins with a special substance known as a sclerosant, usually a solution called sodium tetradecyl sulphate that causes swelling in the veins wall. If the vein is small enough, the swelling will destroy the vein over several weeks, making it much less noticeable or even invisible. It is mostly used for thread veins on the legs. Most people require between 2 and 6 treatments at 4 to 8-week intervals, depending on the size of the veins, and 75% disappearance of the veins is expected. Private costs for microsclerotherapy can range from around £150 to £250 for treatment session. Total treatment costs depend upon the extent of the veins and the number of treatment sessions required for improvement.
Having it for the first time?
There is usually minimal or no discomfort during microsclerotherapy injections due to the size of the needle and the superficial injection technique. The solutions used may differ in strength slightly depending on the size of the vessel to be injected. Your treatment practitioner will decide which solution is best for your particular case. Following injections, a swab may be taped over the treated area, and often a special bandage and compression stocking is applied which may be worn for several days to help assist shrinkage of the thread veins.
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