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Sclerotherapy treatment for varicose veins

Sclerotherapy is used to treat varicose veins, thread veins and venous malformations via a solution injected into the blood vessels. Book online today.

What is Sclerotherapy Treatment?

Sclerotherapy treatment is used to treat varicose veins, thread veins and venous malformations. A liquid solution is injected very superficially into the blood vessels using an ultra-fine needle. Compression is then applied to cause the veins to shrink and eventually fade away altogether. Larger varicose veins can also be treated using a foam solution which is performed under ultrasound guidance.

What are the benefits of sclerotherapy treatment?

Sclerotherapy is a very safe and well-established treatment for reducing the appearance of unwanted thread and spider veins. Although there are many alternative procedures available, sclerotherapy treatment remains the most reliably successful available. The injections are virtually painless, and normal activity can be resumed as soon as fifteen minutes post-treatment. Foam sclerotherapy can be an alternative to surgery for larger varicose veins.

How safe is treatment?

Though safe, liquid sclerotherapy is not entirely without risk. The two most common side effects are haemosiderin deposition and telangiectatic matting. Haemosiderin deposition occurs when blood is trapped inside the vein and clots, causing iron pigments to stain the skin over the vessels brown. These marks are not usually permanent, but may take between 6-18 months to fade. Matting occurs if the fragile vessel is injured during the injection, leaving a mat of tiny veins that look like a blush or red bruise. Matting usually disappears completely after 6-12 months¹. Foam sclerotherapy treatment can carry a risk of permanent skin staining, visual disturbance and headaches as well some more serious although rare side-effects. If this treatment is suitable for you your doctor will provide further information about this.

How many sessions are required?

The number of sessions you require may vary, depending on the size or number of areas that need sclerotherapy treatment.

¹ - British Association of Sclerotherapists. Advice to Patients. Date accessed: 30/12/09

Specialists Offering Sclerotherapy treatment for varicose veins

Mr Ediri Sideso

Consultant Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon


BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital

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Miss Emma Wilton

Consultant Vascular surgeon


BMI The Chiltern Hospital 1 more BMI The Shelburne Hospital

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Mr Paritosh Sharma

Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon


BMI The London Independent Hospital

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Mr Barun Majumder

Consultant Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon

MD, FRCS(Glas), FRCS(GenSurg)

BMI The Runnymede Hospital 2 more BMI Syon Clinic BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital

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Mr Michael Gaunt

Consultant Vascular Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MB ChB(Dist), MD (Dist), MA (Cantab), FRCS (Eng)

BMI St Edmunds Hospital

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Ways to pay

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Pay for yourself

Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and 6 months' aftercare

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Pay with health insurance

We are widely recognised by health insurers. Ask your insurer about your cover and for an insurer pre-authorisation code

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Spread the cost

Pay for yourself with the BMI card and spread the cost over 12 months, interest-free (terms and conditions apply)

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