Unlike varicose veins, which can cause leg ulcers and other medical complications, small leg veins are just seen as a cosmetic problem. These small, dilated blood vessels are extremely common but can be socially embarrassing and restrict clothing choices.
Removing Leg Thread Veins
There are currently two main methods available to treat the smaller leg thread veins, these are Laser treatment and sclerotherapy (the injection of a sclerosing agent into the vessels). A careful examination is important to identify the veins that will improve with Sclerotherapy injections and those which will improve with laser treatment.
Microsclerotherapy is injection of a chemical such as Aethoxysklerol or Polidocanol (Sclerovein) to cause irritation of the vein wall which leads to closure of the vein wall.
Laser treatment is suited to some very small veins which are not injectable. Lasers to treat spider veins in the legs work by producing powerful light. If the wavelength of the system is matched to a target colour (such as the red cells in blood), the energy of the laser is absorbed specifically by that target and minimally by the surrounding tissues. The laser delivers a series of focused energy pulses generating heat for very short periods of time; this closes down the thread veins, without perforating them. The collapsed veins are gradually dissolved and removed by the body’s immune system over several weeks following the treatment. The laser is fired in short bursts, which feels like a hot pin-prick. Before, during and/or following treatment the skin is cooled which reduces this sensation and a cooling gel applied.
During your initial consultation a treatment plan will be formulated to advise you of the best treatments for the leg thread veins.
Why choose Everything Skin Clinic?
At Everything Skin Clinic™, we have a team of highly trained Consultant dermatologists, who have completed specialist training in Dermatology and are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council. All our consultants hold substantive contracts with the best Dermatology centres in leading NHS hospitals. Therefore, you can be certain of the highest quality private care.
We offer a range of treatments and can offer one, or a combination of treatments to achieve the best results. Unlike many other clinics, we can offer diagnosis and treatment all under one roof by expert consultant dermatologist, so you know you’ll be in safe hands.