Sclerotherapy – what type of veins does it treat?

Sclerotherapy for spider veinsUnsightly veins come in several different forms, and there are several different approaches to treating them.

The main types of veins that cause aesthetic concerns are as follows:

1) Thread veins

These are the thin red ‘spider’ veins that often appear on the face – particularly on the nose and cheeks – as well as areas of the body, including the legs. Thread veins are relatively common, appearing in 15% of men and 25% of women.

2) Reticular veins

Bluish in colour, these intradermal veins are slightly thicker than spider veins – usually between 1mm and 3mm thick.

3) Varicose veins

Varicose veins are subcutaneous dilated veins which measure more than 3mm in diameter when a person is standing up.

Sclerotherapy can be used to treat all three types of vein. And autumn has always been a popular time of year to do it, with “little black dress” season fast approaching.

The treatment involves injecting the affected blood vessels with a sclerosing agent, which is a special foam which makes the inside walls stick together. As a result, blood can no longer pass through, which causes the vein to collapse.

The treated blood vessels are eventually harmlessly reabsorbed by the body.

Contact the Aurora Skin Clinics team if you would like any more information on sclerotherapy. Call 01844 211777 or drop us an email to