Microsclerotherapy

Thread Vein Treatment

Sclerotherapy is now available at our clinic near you in Maidenhead, Berkshire. Sclerotherapy is a highly effective and minimally invasive treatment for thread veins. It involves injecting a solution directly into the affected veins, causing them to collapse and fade over time. Our clinic uses state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to ensure your comfort and safety during the procedure. 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Aqualyx is an injectable treatment that dissolves small pockets of excess fat under the skin.

Aqualyx can be used to disolve pockets of fat anywhere on the body but is particularly popular for the submental area (under the chin) or after CoolSculpting for any smaller residual areas. 

It works by the gel-based aqueous solution attaching to fatty deposits, breaking them down over time. The fat is then naturally dissolved and flushed out by the body.

Aqualyx can be safely used in most people. We always require a consultation prior to any treatment but for patients with small pockets of stubborn fat the Aqualyx treatment is ideal. For larger areas we always suggest CoolSculpting.

Treatment time with Aqualyx depends on the area being treated but will typically take between 30 minutes and 1 hour per session.

The treatment requires the use of needles and some patients do find the Aqualyx procedure uncomfortable. The comfort of our patients is important and our doctors will provide appropriate pain management if required.

Typically you will need 1 to 3 sessions for a smaller area and possibly upto 8 sessions for larger areas. 

Following treatment with Aqualyx it is possible that area treated will be be uncomfortable to touch for a few days. 

Common side effects include redness, swelling and tenderness in the treated area. All these are expected side effects that will settle within either a few days or weeks depending on how you react to it. The manufacturers report that to date no major side effects of AQUALYX use have been reported to them.

Results will progress over the course of the treatment. Expectations regarding the timing of results should be discussed with the doctor during your consultation. 

A full programme of aftercare will be advised by your doctor.

The veins in the legs have to return blood from the feet to the heart against gravity. There are two vein systems in the legs. The deep system lies within the muscles in your legs and carries 95% of the blood being returned to the heart. As the muscles in your legs contract these veins are squeezed forcing blood up them, valves attached to the vein walls close to prevent blood from falling back down the veins when the muscles relax. The second system is in the skin, not supported by muscles. As blood moves up the deep system it is drawn from the superficial veins into the deep system.

Where varicose veins and sometimes thread veins develop, the valves in the veins fail to work correctly, and blood can flow back on itself, increasing the pressure in the vein system. This is called reflux. The deep veins cannot stretch because they are supported by muscle. The veins in the skin do stretch leading to a cycle of poorly functioning varicose veins, since as they stretch their valves do not meet to close. To achieve good results with sclerotherapy, we need to ensure your veins are not caused by reflux. If you do have reflux it is better to treat the refluxing veins first. Suppose we imagine the thread veins as a puddle on the floor. We might mop the puddle up. If the puddle is caused by a leak in the ceiling this would only be a short-lived solution. We should look up at the ceiling and if we see a leak send someone up into the roof to identify the source of the leak. And then take whatever action is best to repair the leak.’

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