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Sclerotherapy for Leg Vein Reduction


As we age, it’s more likely that broken veins will start to appear on your body and face. For many people, this is a source of embarrassment and something they’d like to get rid of. Luckily there is a very effective means of getting rid of these veins.

The legs are a very common place for these broken, or ‘spider’ veins to appear and can often put people off from wanting to wear shorts or bathing suits. With our leg vein reduction treatment, you can get your confidence back and will no longer feel self-conscious when your legs are on display.

Before and After Treatment

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As with all the treatments we offer at Adonia Medical, we always ensure that our patients’ comfort is our number one priority. Any special requirements you might have for your treatment will always be taken into account so we can provide you with the best experience possible.

Leg vein reduction FAQ

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy (also know as leg vein reduction) is a micro injection procedure where a sterile solution is injected into the spider veins using a very fine needle. The solution injection causes the veins to disappear by making them undergo fibrosis. It’s possible for multiple veins to be targeted during one session.

Who is most likely to suffer from spider veins?

Women between the ages of 30-50 are by far the group most likely to get spider veins. One of the main causes is the hormone oestrogen and pregnancy. Although spider veins are harmless, most women would still rather get rid of them for cosmetic reasons.

How many treatments are usually required?

This will vary from one patient to the next but typically, 3 treatments will provide the best results. For patients that only have very mild spider veins then 1 or 2 treatment is usually enough.

Is it painful?

As with any injectable treatment, there is a small pinch when the needle is injected although it’s not very painful at all. In most cases, patients are able to have leg vein reduction treatment without the need for anaesthesia although this is an option for more nervous patients.

Is it dangerous to remove spider veins?

No. There is no danger to removing spider veins at all. They serve no purpose but are unsightly, which is why most women want to have them removed if they appear.

Who shouldn’t get sclerotherapy?

Although sclerotherapy is a very safe procedure, there are certain groups of people who should avoid it. These include women who are pregnant or nursing as well as those with skin infections, a fever, history of deep vein thrombosis or uncontrolled diabetes.

How long is each session?

A typical sclerotherapy session will last around 30 minutes, where 15-20 injections will be administered on average. After treatment, compression stocking are worn, for 2 weeks until you return to see us.

Are there any side effects?

Sclerotherapy side effects are rare and when they do occur are usually limited to some stinging and itching at the site of injection.


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