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Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins Removal


All review appointments post procedure are complimentary.

What are the causes of Spider Veins?

To best understand spider veins, or thread veins a particularly good starting point is to review how the blood circulation system in the body works. Blood is pumped by the heart and carried around the body by our Arteries. The main role of the blood is to carry oxygen to our tissues and cells. After the oxygen has been delivered the blood must be returned to the heart which is the job of our veins. So, the arteries carry the blood away from the heart and veins return it back. To prevent blood from flowing backward, veins have a one-way valve system that ensures blood flows in one direction only.

If for some reason the valves in the legs become damaged or impaired, blood starts flowing in the opposite direction it can pool inside the vein. If the pooling or varicosity is mild, the vein can become slightly enlarged and branch out, leading to spider veins.

The main risk factors for spider veins in the legs are:

  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Gender
  • Your Age
  • Standing for Long Periods of Time
  • Being Overweight
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy

Spider Veins are also common on the face. Normally these are caused by the tiny blood vessels rupturing under the skin.

The main risk factors for spider veins on the face are:

  • Broken Capillaries due to Rosacea
  • Sun Damage
  • Excessive Alcohol Consumption
  • Excess pressure in the face
  • Family History
  • Hormone Treatments or Pregnancy

Treatment of Spider Veins

For spider veins on the legs, sclerotherapy is the most common treatment. Sclerotherapy is a non surgical treatment and the gold standard for treatment of spider veins.

Sclerotherapy involves the injecting of a solution called a sclerosant into the spider veins through a tiny needle. The sclerosant causes irritation and damage to the cells in the vein. Eventually this damage causes the blood veins to close over, harden and die. The body then over the next month or so removes the dead vein. The blood flow is rerouted to the other healthy veins. After this time, the spider vein disappears. Usually, the initial treatment is very effective although in some cases it may need to be repeated.

The biggest advantage of this treatment is the procedure is relatively painless, it can be performed in clinic and requires no general anaesthetic. Minor side effects include swelling and itching in the treated area.

Spider veins on the face are usually best treated with a medical grade laser or IPL Machine. Sclerotherapy is an option for extensive facial spider is some situations. The lasers target the red blood cells in the skin to impede the flow of blood to that vein. This eventually destroys the spider veins and they disappear.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I see results from my treatment?

Typically results will be seen 2 weeks after the procedure. Full results will be seen after a couple of months.

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Recent Reviews

Mia D Dec 20, 2020

The absolute best in Sydney. I would not go anywhere else to get anything done. Everyone I have encountered at this clinic has been so extremely warm and professional and put in so much time and effort to truly achieve your desired outcome. Can’t recommend this place enough, do not waste your money elsewhere.

Amanda K Feb 1, 2021

First time at Contour Clinics and was very happy with the whole experience. Easy to find, easy to park, friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommend and will be a regular from now on.

Rekka P Jan 20, 2021

Very happy with my experience at Contour Clinics Newtown. Everyone was so friendly, professional and knowledgeable. I felt very comfortable during my treatment. Dr Josh made me feel so comfortable. I am so happy. I’ll definitely be back!

* Testimonials are from satisfied customers, results may vary. We offer complementary 1:1 consultations to understand your specific requirements before commencing treatment.


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