Microsclerotherapy is the medic only technique used to treat spider veins or thread veins of the legs. Microsclerotherapy involves injecting a liquid into the veins which destroys them and causes them to disappear. It is suitable for use on thread veins on the legs or body, provided they are beneath the heart. Thread veins on the face are better treated with Dythermy.
Unfortunately the client cannot be treated with Microsclerotherapy if they are:
Unable to walk due to any cause.
Currently taking oral contraceptives (Ideally this should be stopped one month before commencing treatment, as it could slightly increase the risk of a deep vein thrombosis).
Currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
Very overweight (obese).
Experiencing acute inflammation with/or without blood clot formation (phlebitis/superficial thrombophlebitis) in the vein to be treated.
A history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE).
An allergy to the sclerosant (sodium tetradecyl suphate or “fibrovein”).
An infection in the skin on the area to be treated.
An infection throughout the body (systemic infection), such as a virus or a cold.
Diabetes that is not well controlled.
Significant heart disease.
Significant peripheral arterial disease.
Significant kidney disease.
Varicose veins which require surgical/endovenous intervention.
Varicose veins caused by pelvic/abdominal tumours.
Currently on medication to thin the blood (e.g. Warfarin).