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Around half of the population suffer with spider (thread) veins and they are more common in men than women. Microsclerotherapy is the injection of a sclerosing agent (prescription only medicine) into the lumen of the vein, which in turn damages the wall lining, causing it to inflate and become sticky. Compression is then applied and over a period of time, the vein will eventually fade.

What is Microsclerotherapy?

Microsclerotherapy is considered the gold standard treatment for leg telangiectasias. Though it cannot be used to treat facial veins, which can be treated via Thermavein or laser therapies.

Often a number of treatments are required to clear or improve the condition and this differs from person to person, but on average 2 - 4 procedures are recommended.

Why do people develop thread veins?

There are several factors that enhance the likelihood of developing spider veins.

These include: ageing, gender, pregnancy, oral contraceptive, hormonal changes during puberty or menopause, varicose veins, sedentary lifestyle, surgery, obesity, standing for long periods of time, sun exposure and those treated with chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Is Microsclerotherapy safe?

Though reliable, microsclerotherapy is not entirely without risk. The two most common side effects are haemosiderin deposition and telangiectatic matting. Haemosiderin deposition occurs when the vein is not entirely closed and blood is trapped. In some people, iron pigments escapes from the clot and stain the skin over the vessel. These brown marks are usually not permanent, but can take 6 - 18 months to fade and darken when exposed to the sun. Results also to longer to fade if tanned.

Matting occurs if the fragile vessel is injured during the injection process, leaving a web of tiny veins that look like a blush or red bruise. Matting usually disappears completely after 6 - 12 months, but if it persists, can be treated with sclerotherapy - should the needle be able to access fine vessels and flush the solution gently through.

A consultation is required prior to treatment to assess your suitability. We’ll discuss all the relevant information, so you can decide if its right for you.

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Thread Vein Removal Overview

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Procedure Time

30-60 Minutes

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Discomfort Level


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Recovery Time

2-4 Weeks

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Final Results

2-4 Weeks after treatment

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Duration of results

Varies from person to person

Disclaimer: You are unique and so is your skin, which is why at Eterno Aesthetics, we always endeavour to recommend and prescribe only the very best treatments for your complexion. Procedure plans, results, down time and recovery vary from person to person and we will advise the most suitable injectables for your concerns.