The treatment is undertaken by experienced clinical nurse specialists with considerable knowledge of the technique. The legs should not be shaved or have moisturiser on them to prevent any complications of treatment.
A sclerosing agent is injected directly into the veins using a very fine needle. The solution irritates the lining of the vein causing the walls of the vein to stick together. Blood stops flowing through the veins which are then absorbed by the body’s natural defence mechanism.
The procedure takes ½ hour and you will be required to wear class 2 compression stockings for 3 days which you can buy at the clinic. You can carry on with normal activity although nothing aerobic for 24 hours. These stockings should be worn on long haul flights following sclerotherapy.
Some bruising may appear and can last from 2 weeks and in some cases longer. The legs may appear a little worse because of bruising so it is necessary to be patient.
Microsclerotherapy is a very successful treatment for surface veins and a good outcome is generally expected. Realistic expectations avoid disappointment so continuous discussion with the specialist is essential