Sclerotherapy has been used for decades and has advanced over the years. The technique is used primarily for leg thread veins.

The veins are injected with a solution known as a sclerosant, which damages the vein wall. The body then slowly absorbs the damaged tissues making the vein less obvious or unnoticeable to the eye.

The treatment is surprisingly pain free for some individuals, others feel minimal discomfort. This is probably due to the fact the needles used which are very small.

Veins usually need more than one injection to achieve the affect you desire this often depends on the size of the vein.

We recommended treatments are spaced out at least every 8-12 weeks when treating the same area. Most thread veins will require an average of 2 – 6 treatment sessions, depending on the extent of the veins.

The number of treatments needed is determined by:

• The number of thread veins that you wish to have removed

• The size of the veins

• How well the veins respond to the treatment

After leg treatment we recommend:

• You wear support stockings.

• Avoid alcohol and aspirin for 24 hours.

• Avoid long periods of standing for 72 hours.

• Do not fly for at least 7 days for short flights (4 hours or less) or 4 weeks if a long haul flight.

Thread Veins are caused by many factors including:

• Sun damage

• Hormonal changes

• Hereditary

• Trauma

• Pregnancy

• Pressure from varicose veins

Before considering treatment for leg veins we ask that you arrange a consultation with to make sure the thread veins are not caused by venous incompetency ( leaky valves) deeper in the leg. We will also perform a patch test for the treatment and will advise on graduated compression and vascular health. The first treatment is then carried out two weeks later.


Leg thread veins are treated with sclerotherapy at Cheshire Lasers by our aesthetic nurse Moira Grobiki.

View her prices here.