End Leg Discomfort with Vein Treatment at Absolute, Perth
Spider veins in the legs are one of the most common cosmetic treatments today. They usually measure up to 3 mm but veins 3mm to 5 mm are also treated and they are called reticular veins. The larger varicose veins are treated with other modalities such as stripping or laser endovascular ablation. We do not perform the larger varicose vein treatments.
Many patients have these treated for cosmetic appearance but also due to the discomfort caused by these veins. If slightly larger veins with discomfort, this can be covered partially by Medicare item number. These veins that stand out to the naked eye are often not performing any function and can be removed. Our main modality of treatment is Sclerotherapy. Occasionally for extremely fine veins that are called matting, IPL or laser can be used.
|Also Known As:||Sclerotherapy, spider vein treatment, leg vein treatment, vein removal, thread vein treatment, vein injections, saline vein injections and varicose vein injections.|
Please read all of below before attending your consultation and to assist you in understanding the procedure:
- Scerotherapy Information Sheet (56 KB)
- Sclerotherapy Consent Form (90 KB)
- Sclerotherapy After Care (41 KB)
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is the use of small needles and a natural chemical. This chemical is injected into the veins and strips the inside of it. A cotton wool bud or roll is then applied to compress the vein and stop the blood flow through it. This usually causes the vein to wither and die. The cotton wool bud and a stocking are left on for 24 hours. After this 24 hrs the cotton wool buds are taken off and the stocking is worn for 3 to 7 days. It is somewhat debated as to the duration that the stocking should be worn or even if it should be worn at all. We have performed many thousands of vein treatments and have found that between 5 to 7 days is adequate. Not all veins may go at the first treatment and multiple treatments for smaller stubborn veins may be needed. Usually one leg is treated at a time and the amount of treatment during the session is classified as small, medium or large. The different size of treatment is not only depended on size of the patch of veins but also on the volume of sclerosant chemical used. If the veins are more stubborn, more treatment will be needed. 24 hours later once the sclerosant is out of your circulation another treatment may be performed. Until the needle marks have healed, usually 7 to 14 days, swimming should be avoided. The treatment is extremely successful although 1 to 2 per cent of people find their veins are quite stubborn. It is wise for more serious veins to have a scan or vascular system pre-treatment.
The patient must be well and have avoided blood thinning medication such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory medication if possible. The area should be clean and dry, preferably with no moisturiser. The patient lays flat and within 15 to 30 mins the area is treated with fine needles. Discomfort can range from nothing to being like a bee sting. Emla cream is not recommended but entinox laughing gas is available for those that feel greater discomfort. Cotton wool buds and a stocking are placed on the leg. Surgical stockings of 15 to 20 mm of mercury are available from some pharmacies. A cheaper alternative available is fitted tubi grip, which is worn immediately after the treatment. These should also be worn in bed, although can be removed if uncomfortable. They must be replaced once the patient stands up.
A comprehensive list of post treatment instructions are available and must be closely adhered to. Generally the patient must go for a 15 minute walk within 1 to 2 hours after treatment. The stocking is left on for 24 hours and is then removed along with cotton wool buds. The stocking is replaced for the next three to seven days. While showering the stocking may be covered by a clean garbage bag. The area can be bruised between one and six weeks and the end results can take up to three months. The other leg or another area can be treated 24 hours later. We prefer to use polidacanol rather than saline as we find it’s safer and less painful. The patient must observe for signs of infection such as redness, swelling and fever. This is extremely rare though. The patient should wait at least 24 hours until they exercise as the cotton wool buds can cause friction blisters. Once they are removed exercise is more acceptable. The area should be kept clean and dry after exercise. The patient should not fly for at least 2 weeks after this treatment.
Why Choose Absolute For Your Vein Treatment?
We have injected thousands of veins with very few problems. A full history and examination is carried out before the treatment by a qualified doctor. We use an injecting solution that is now less painful and more successful and Dr Murray was involved in one of the first trials of this solution.
Contact Absolute Cosmetic Medicine to find out more about vein treatments or book a consultation today.
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*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.