Your Guide to Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins

Clare McLoughlin
By Clare McLoughlin

Clare McLoughlin is an Independent Nurse Prescriber and advanced procedure aesthetic nurse and trainer with more than 16 years’ experience.


As the weather begins to get warmer, most of us might be thinking about making changes to both our wardrobes and our skincare routines.

With regards to the former, there are many clothes that we may wish to wear in sunnier conditions but may choose not to because of certain imperfections.

Spider veins, especially when located on the legs, can lead to us feeling self-conscious and leave us unable to celebrate who we are.

Sclerotherapy treatment for spider veins is the perfect solution. 

What Are Spider Veins? 

Also known as thread veins, spider veins are twisted blood vessels that can be seen through the skin.

They are often red, blue or purple and take their name from their resemblance to spider’s webs. 

Spider veins on the legs are the result of damage over time.

They occur when the valves inside our veins weaken and can no longer push blood back to the heart.

The web-like patterns of spider veins are created when blood accumulates in these veins. 

What Are Spider Veins? 

Am I At Risk Of Developing Spider Veins? 

There are several risk factors involved in the development of spider veins. As well as being influenced by genetics, their appearance can also be brought on by pregnancy, old age, being overweight and sitting down for long periods of time on a regular basis. 

Women also tend to suffer with spider veins more than men, possibly because of the role that oestrogen can play in diminishing the strength of the valves located in the veins. 

Choose Sclerotherapy For Spider Veins  

Choose Sclerotherapy For Spider Veins  

I offer sclerotherapy for spider veins. This involves injecting a solution, known as a sclerosant, into the veins in question with a fine needle.

The solution will then irritate the vein walls before causing them to collapse and stick together. 

In use since the 1930s, the end result of sclerotherapy for spider veins is to reduce the visibility of these prominent blood vessels and turn them into scar tissue.

This will then fade over time. 

On the whole, sclerotherapy is incredibly safe and will not be advised if your practitioner does not feel this will be beneficial to you.

Although risks are minimal, temporary side effects may include redness, itching, bruising or welts. These things will usually subside within a few weeks. 

Am I Suitable For Sclerotherapy? 

Sclerotherapy for spider veins will only be performed following a thorough pre-treatment consultation and skin analysis. If your medical history precludes you from treatment, your practitioner will be happy to offer an alternative. 

Once you embark on your treatment journey, you should be aware that it may take multiple sessions to achieve your desired outcomes. In most instances, patients should wear compression tights or stockings to aid results and will be given comprehensive aftercare advice. It is also entirely normal for the positive effects of sclerotherapy for spider veins to become visible after a period of 12 weeks. 

If you want to read more, the experts at Consulting Room really know what they're talking about and have put together some thread veins and spider veins, scarring or sclerotherapy treatment FAQs just for you. 

If you have more questions, you can use the thread veins and spider veins, scarring or sclerotherapy treatment questions feature to talk to our panel of trained medical experts. 

If you're keen to get started with any of these treatments right away then you're in luck - those clever folks also have a list of trusted, accredited thread veins and spider veins, scarring or sclerotherapy clinics in your area.

Many thanks to the author of this blog Clare McLoughlin who founded Appearance Based Medicine in 2004, driven by a desire to provide advanced facial rejuvenation solutions and aesthetic treatments to patients in Marlow, Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas. 

People choose Appearance Based Medicine because of the top-quality and personable service that they receive, and always leave the clinic with a welcome boost to both their inner confidence and outer radiance. 

Call Clare McLoughlin now on 01628 303 020 or visit www.ab-med.co.uk

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