Leg vein microsclerotherapy

Waterfront Hospital Edinburgh, Scotland

Microsclerotherapy, also known as spider vein treatment, is a minimally invasive procedure for eliminating superficial veins, particularly those on the legs. At Waterfront Private Hospital, we understand the discomfort and self-consciousness that can accompany visible veins, and our expert team is dedicated to providing effective solutions.

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Leg Microsclerotherapy

    None required
    Upto 1 Hour
    Outpatient procedure
    No time off work is required
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What the procedure involves

During standard microsclerotherapy, a sclerosing solution is injected directly into the affected veins using a fine needle. This solution irritates the lining of the veins, causing them to collapse and eventually fade from view. The procedure is performed in our state-of-the-art facility, ensuring precision and safety for our patients.

The process begins with a thorough assessment of the veins to be treated. Our experienced medical team will identify the target veins and determine the most appropriate injection sites. Using a precise technique, the sclerosing solution is carefully injected into each targeted vein, with multiple injections often required to treat all affected areas comprehensively.

Many patients require more than one treatment session.

Benefits and Expected Outcomes

Improved Aesthetic Appearance

Standard microsclerotherapy eliminates spider veins, resulting in smoother and more aesthetically pleasing legs. By targeting and collapsing the visible veins, this procedure helps improve the skin’s overall appearance, boosting confidence and self-esteem.

Reduced Discomfort and Pain

Spider veins can cause discomfort, such as aching or itching sensations, especially when standing or sitting for extended periods. Standard microsclerotherapy can alleviate discomfort and pain by eliminating these veins, allowing patients to enjoy greater comfort in their daily activities.

Minimal Downtime and Quick Recovery

Standard microsclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that typically requires minimal downtime. Most patients can resume normal activities immediately after treatment, with only mild discomfort and bruising expected. The quick recovery period allows individuals to return to daily routines without significant interruption.

Long-lasting Results

While individual results may vary, standard microsclerotherapy offers long-lasting outcomes for most patients. Treated spider veins typically fade gradually over time, with optimal results becoming noticeable within a few weeks to months after the procedure. With proper care and maintenance, the results of microsclerotherapy can be sustained for years.

Increased Confidence and Self-esteem

Standard microsclerotherapy can significantly improve patients’ confidence and self-esteem by addressing the cosmetic concerns associated with spider veins. Removing unsightly veins allows individuals to feel more comfortable and confident in their appearance, enhancing their overall quality of life.

Who is an Ideal Candidate?

Ideal Candidates for Leg Microsclerotherapy

Ideal candidates for leg microsclerotherapy are generally healthy individuals with small to medium-sized spider veins or varicose veins seeking aesthetic improvement. They should have no significant underlying vascular conditions, do not smoke, and maintain a healthy weight. Those without a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and with realistic expectations about the procedure’s outcomes are also well-suited for this treatment.

Who Microsclerotherapy is Not Suitable For

Microsclerotherapy is not suitable for individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have severe allergies to sclerosing agents, or have significant arterial disease. It is also not recommended for those with uncontrolled diabetes, severe chronic illnesses, or a history of DVT. Patients with larger varicose veins may require alternative treatments (see foam sclerotherapy or radiofrequency ablation). Additionally, those with unrealistic expectations or unable to commit to necessary follow-up care may not be ideal candidates.

Risks and considerations

As with any medical procedure, standard microsclerotherapy carries some risks, including bruising, swelling, and temporary skin discolouration at the injection sites. However, these side effects are usually mild and temporary, resolving within a few days to weeks. Our dedicated team takes every precaution to minimise risks and ensure a smooth recovery process for our patients.

Further information – British Vein Institute

Aftercare and recovery

Following standard microsclerotherapy, patients are advised to wear compression stockings and avoid strenuous activities for a short period. Mild discomfort and bruising are common but can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Our team provides detailed aftercare instructions and is available to address any concerns during the recovery period.


Frequently asked questions about microsclerotherapy

What is microsclerotherapy, and how does it work?

Microsclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure for treating superficial leg veins, including spider veins. During the procedure, a sclerosing solution is injected into the targeted veins, causing them to collapse and eventually fade from view. This solution irritates the vein lining, prompting the body to absorb the treated veins over time.

Who is a suitable candidate for microsclerotherapy?

Ideal candidates for microsclerotherapy are individuals bothered by the appearance of spider veins on their legs. Most people with superficial leg veins are suitable candidates, but a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider is necessary to determine eligibility based on individual health factors.

How long does a microsclerotherapy session take?

The duration of a microsclerotherapy session can vary depending on the number and size of the veins being treated. Typically, sessions last between 30 minutes to an hour. However, multiple sessions may be required to achieve optimal results.

What can I expect during and after the procedure?

During the procedure, you may experience a mild tingling sensation or discomfort as the sclerosing solution is injected into the veins. Afterwards, you may notice some bruising, swelling, or redness at the injection sites, which usually subside within a few days. Compression stockings may be recommended to aid in healing and minimise side effects.

How soon will I see results from microsclerotherapy?

While individual results may vary, most patients notice an improvement in the appearance of their leg veins within a few weeks to months after microsclerotherapy. Treated veins gradually fade over time, with optimal results becoming more apparent each session.

Are there any risks or side effects associated with microsclerotherapy?

Like any medical procedure, microsclerotherapy carries some risks, including bruising, swelling, temporary skin discolouration, and, rarely, allergic reactions. However, these side effects are typically mild and temporary, resolving quickly. Serious complications are rare but can be discussed with your healthcare provider.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

The number of treatment sessions needed varies depending on the extent of the vein condition and individual response to treatment. While some patients may achieve satisfactory results after one session, others may require multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart for optimal outcomes. Your healthcare provider will develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Is microsclerotherapy painful?

Discomfort during microsclerotherapy is usually minimal and well-tolerated by most patients. Some individuals may experience a slight stinging or burning sensation at the injection sites, which typically subsides quickly. Your healthcare provider can provide measures to minimise discomfort during the procedure.

Will my treated veins come back after microsclerotherapy?

While microsclerotherapy effectively eliminates existing spider veins, it does not prevent the development of new veins in the future. However, maintaining good leg health, such as staying active and wearing compression stockings as recommended, can help reduce the likelihood of new vein formation.


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April 2024

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