Sclerotherapy – what type of veins does it treat?
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.