Microsclerotherapy

Smaller than varicose veins, spider or thread veins refer to damaged veins or burst blood vessels that may appear on your legs. Whilst they might appear at any age, they are a common – albeit typically painless – affliction amongst women over the age of 60. Yet, despite being benign and causing no discomfort, some people might wish to treat spider veins for cosmetic reasons.  

At Clinica Jóia, we offer you the option to get microsclerotherapy – a low-risk procedure which uses an injectable ‘sclerosant’ – to get rid of these minute veins on your legs. If you have developed spider veins and are bothered by their appearance on your legs, we encourage you to book a consultation and let us help you decide if this is the right course of treatment for you. 

Starting from €175

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Typical Uses

Microsclerotherapy is typically the best course of treatment if you:

Whilst microsclerotherapy has a high success rate, this is a highly individualised procedure and you should only do it for yourself, not to fulfil someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

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What It Entails

Microsclerotherapy is a low-risk procedure that treats visible spider veins.

Without needing to be sedated, tiny doses of sclerosant are injected into the veins using a minute needle. This liquid works instantly to eliminate these very small veins without any need for incisions. After the sclerosant has done its part, the veins are compressed by taping a swab to the skin, and a compression stocking must be worn for 48 hours following the procedure. 

How It Works

1.During the consultation

If you are interested in getting microsclerotherapy, you should start by booking a consultation with our plastic surgeon. During the consultation, you will be able to express what you hope to gain from this surgery and, after reviewing your medical history, our doctor will be able to determine whether you are eligible to undergo this type of procedure.

If you are a viable candidate, our doctor will outline the best course of treatment to ensure that you achieve optimal results.

2.During the procedure

Microsclerotherapy is a walk-in/walk-out procedure which does not require any anaesthetic or sedation. To get the best possible view of these miniscule veins, a very powerful magnifying glass with a strong circular light is used. The treatment itself is carried out using a very tiny needle to inject measured amounts of sclerosant (a liquid which destroys these types of veins). As soon as the sclerosant has been injected and has started to take effect, the veins are necessarily compressed by taping a swab to the skin. The entire procedure takes between 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the number of veins which need to be injected.

3.After the treatment

Post-surgery, a compression sock will need to be worn for a full 48 hours and, before returning back home, you will be required to walk for 10 to 15 minutes in order to clear the deep veins of any residual sclerosant and minimise the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis).

Before being given leave to return home for recovery, you will be given specific instructions on: how to care for your surgical site(s) following surgery, what medications to apply or take orally to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

How It Works

1.During the consultation

If you are interested in getting microsclerotherapy, you should start by booking a consultation with our plastic surgeon. During the consultation, you will be able to express what you hope to gain from this surgery and, after reviewing your medical history, our doctor will be able to determine whether you are eligible to undergo this type of procedure. If you are a viable candidate, our doctor will outline the best course of treatment to ensure that you achieve optimal results.

2.During the procedure

Microsclerotherapy is a walk-in/walk-out procedure which does not require any anaesthetic or sedation. To get the best possible view of these miniscule veins, a very powerful magnifying glass with a strong circular light is used. The treatment itself is carried out using a very tiny needle to inject measured amounts of sclerosant (a liquid which destroys these types of veins). As soon as the sclerosant has been injected and has started to take effect, the veins are necessarily compressed by taping a swab to the skin. The entire procedure takes between 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the number of veins which need to be injected.

3. After the treatment

Post-surgery, a compression sock will need to be worn for a full 48 hours and, before returning back home, you will be required to walk for 10 to 15 minutes in order to clear the deep veins of any residual sclerosant and minimise the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). Before being given leave to return home for recovery, you will be given specific instructions on: how to care for your surgical site(s) following surgery, what medications to apply or take orally to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

Frequently Asked Questions

As with any form of treatment, side effects may occur, and the risks and potential complications will be discussed in detail during the initial consultation. The possible risks of Microsclerotherapy may include:

  • Discomfort
  • Bruising or swelling
  • Pigmentation
  • DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Telangiectatic Matting
  • Allergic reaction/anaphylaxis
  • Ulceration
  • Infection
  • Recurrent veins.

 

The short answer is no. As these veins have been removed they are unable to reappear. However, it is possible for other, smaller veins to develop, in which case you will need to treat them in their early stages.

Microsclerotherapy patients are typically able to return to their normal, day-to-day activities right after the procedure.  Any pain, if any, should subside in a few days and, when mild bruising occurs, you may expect to heal completely within one to two weeks.

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Follow-Up Procedures

As you recover from this treatment, follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your healing and ensure that your recovery is progressing without complications. 

In cases when many veins are present, several sessions may be necessary to achieve optimal results.

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