Sclerotherapy For Leg Veins

Thread veins on the legs develop as you age. Pregnancy and menopausal hormonal changes provoke their development, which is why women are more affected than men.
Approximately 20% of women in their 20s have leg thread veins, which rises to around 50% for those over 40 and over 70% by the age of 70.
Sclerotherapy is an effective and safe treatment to treat leg thread veins. We offer both micro and foam sclerotherapy allowing us to treat small and medium veins. We also provide laser treatments to clear up any tiny spider veins which cannot be treated with sclerotherapy.
As thread veins spread and grow they can become more difficult to treat, so early intervention will save you a great deal of time, trouble and expense.
  Sclerotherapy Option

Sclerotherapy treatments use a tiny needle to inject a solution into each individual thread vein to make the vein walls sticky. Compression is then applied, by you wearing a compression stocking, which closes the veins by making their walls stick together. As a result the veins become sealed and naturally fade away.

Sclerotherapy treatments are painless, very accurate and do not leave scars. Faster results are achieved when treating leg veins than are are more than just spider veins than by just using laser or IPL treatments.

Healthy skin of all skin colours can be treated with Sclerotherapy. Micro Sclerotherapy is used for smaller thread veins and Foam Sclerotherapy for large thread veins (the foam technique simply expands to fill the cavity of the larger vein).

If you are suffering with varicose veins that are causing you discomfort, swelling or ulcers then you should consult your GP. The NHS will not treat thread veins, but it does treat varicose veins causing these complications.

You must first have a consultation to ensure Sclerotherapy is an appropriate solution for your leg veins.

As each vein has to be injected the process is time consuming, so 1 - 4 appointments may be required depending on the number of thread veins to be treated. Appointments are typically 30-45 minutes and your practitioner may apply a topical anaesthetic for your comfort.

After each treatment you must wear a compression stocking continuously for 72 hours, during which time you must not allow it to get wet.  The stocking acts as a bandage as well as keeping the vessels closed. When you first remove your stockings it is normal for the veins to look worse before their appearance improves. You must continue to wear the stocking during the day for the next 7 days to promote recovery.

We can eliminate any remaining tiny spider veins using a laser procedure.

Treatment Advantages Disadvantages
Lifestyle changes
You do regular exercise, maintain a healthy weight and stop smoking. 
  • Helps prevent condition from getting worse
  • Will support all other options below
  • Does not remove existing veins
Compression stockings
During the day you wear thick elastic stockings to compress the veins.
  • Improves circulation
  • Prevents condition from getting worse
  • Does not remove existing veins
  • Hot and sweaty to wear
  • Appearance is unattractive 
A surgeon cuts and ties the affected vein diverting blood to healthier veins, or makes small incision in the leg and using a suction device removes the veins.
  • Single treatment
  • Immediate removal
  • Can treat large varicose veins
  • Risk of scarring at incision cuts
  • 1-3 weeks recovery
  • Possible overnight stay in hospital
  • 20% of procedures need to be repeated
Short bursts of laser / IPL energy are used to target and break down the veins.
  • Veins fade in 2-3 weeks
  • Suitable for fine to small superficial veins
  • No incision cuts, so no scars
  • Multiple treatments required
  • Moderate risk of pigmentation
  • Not effective at treating deeper veins
A chemical solution is injected into each vein to seal it closed.
  • Veins disappear in 2-3 weeks
  • Suitable for small to medium veins
  • Can treat superficial and deep veins
  • No incision cuts, so no scars
  • Multiple treatments required
  • Minor risk of temporary pigmentation
  • Not suitable for large veins

Sclerotherapy has a great safety record and is practiced by the NHS. NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) found Micro Sclerotherapy to be effective and that, on average, the Foam Sclerotherapy was effective in 84 out of 100 cases.

Common side effects are temporary blisters, crusts scabs, bruising and pigmentation which will disappear during recovery. In rare cases, usually when aftercare instructions have not been followed, large weeping blisters can appear. In extremely rare cases the treatment can lead to blood clots. Our doctors and nurses provide highest standard of care and should you need support they will answer your questions or resolve any concerns.


Dr Victoria Dobbie BDS

Dr Victoria Dobbie BDS

Victoria has over 16 years’ experience in aesthetic medicine and has performed over 25,000 treatments. Victoria speaks at conferences and has been involved in pharmaceutical steering groups for product development. Currently Victoria is the official trainer for Ellanse and Silhouette Soft in Scotland.

Victoria specialise in providing full facial rejuvenation through advanced combination treatments involving Ultherapy, TIXEL, Silhouette Soft, EndyMed, and aesthetic injections. Victoria is also passionate in helping women through peri menopause with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

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Clinical Director
Claire Jackson RGN INP

Claire Jackson RGN INP

Claire has over 10 years experience in aesthetic medicine. Claire is highly skilled in advanced procedures whilst being a gentle and accurate injector which allows her to treat with minimum discomfort and downtime. 

Claire specialises in treating photodamaged and sagging skin as well as problem skins such as rosacea and acne.

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Nurse & Facial Aesthetics

How do I find out if this treatment is suitable for me?

Simply arrange a 30 minute consultation with our practitioners who will examine your concern, check your medical history and then recommend an appropriate treatment plan whilst explaining cost options, expected outcomes and any associated risks.
As our practitioners perform the consultations, and not sales staff, we charge £25 to £50 for each consultations to cover the costs. This means you get honest advice from which you can make an informed decision and are never pressured into making a decision.

How to do I check that the clinic is a safe and professional treatment provider?

The team and clinic is annually inspected by Healthcare Improvement Scotland who regulate independent hospitals, hospices and clinics in Scotland. The inspections examine our team, treatments and clinical environment, so that you have the invaluable assurance that you are in safe hands that use safe products in a safe environment.