Thread Veins of the Legs

What are Thread Veins?

Thread veins, sometimes known as spider veins, are tiny veins that are usually red, blue or purple and are found on the skin of the legs.  The correct medical terminology for these veins are telangiectasia.  They are usually 1mm or less in diameter and both men and women can suffer from these.

How are they Treated?

Sclerotherapy is the most common and successful treatment for thread veins on the legs.  An irritant solution is injected into the veins by a very small needle and this causes the vessel wall to collapse.  Compression garments are worn and in time the vessel will heal and fade, usually within 3 months but it may take longer.  Initially the vessels will appear darker and will look worse before they get better.  Depending on the severity of the thread veins subsequent treatments may be required.

Are there any side-effects?

No procedure is risk free and the two most common side effects are a brown discolouration or matting at injection points, both will fade in time however and more rarely there is a possibility of an allergic reaction or an ulcer may appear at the injection site.  This will all be discussed at consultation.

After Treatment Care

Compression garments should be worn as instructed

No sauna's, steam rooms or hot baths for 10-14 days

No excessive exercise or weight training for a week  

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