What happens during Sclerotherapy for thread vein removal?

Thread or 'spider' veins

Thread vein removal is a particularly sought-after procedure in the summer months. Having more of our skin on show means we tend to notice our thread veins more than normal.

Technically known as telangiectasia, thread or spider veins are a common problem that can occur anywhere on the face or body.

They appear when the capillaries, the smallest blood vessels in the body, are put under too much pressure and become permanently dilated. This gives them an angry red appearance which shows through the skin.

There are many factors which can contribute to their development. These include being overweight, excessive exercise, lifting heavy weights and skin irritation, among others.

Treatment of thread veins

Treatment of thread veins is known as ‘sclerotherapy‘, and involves injecting the blood vessels with a ‘sclerosing’ agent. This makes their inside walls stick together so that blood can no longer pass through.

As a result, the treated capillaries collapse and are harmlessly reabsorbed by the body.

When you come for thread vein treatment, the first thing the aesthetic practitioner will do is assess your thread veins and decide which sclerosing agent to use, and how many treatments you will need.

After initial assessment the practitioner will begin treatment, injecting once into each of your affected capillaries.

A small area – the face, for example – may be completed in one session, but a larger area like the leg may require more visits. This entirely depends on how many capillaries there are to treat.

After thread vein removal

Immediately after your thread veins have been treated, they will no longer be visible. However, over the course of the next couple of days, small scabs will form on the surface of the skin where the veins used to be. Over the next few days you should avoid touching the area, in order to avoid removing the scabs before healing is complete.

After about 5-6 days, these scabs will naturally fall off, leaving fresh ‘baby’ skin underneath that will need a bit of extra protection with sunscreen.

At this point, your practitioner will see you to assess whether you need any further treatment on the area.

Full treatment time for thread vein removal, from initial consultation right through to recovery, is usually 2 weeks.

Aurora Skin Clinics are experts at thread vein removal. If you’re bothered by your thread veins and would like to be rid of them for summer, drop us an email to info@aurora-skin-clinics.co.uk or give us a call on 01844 211777 and we’ll arrange you a free consultation.