Surface Vein Injection
These can be substantially improved with injections of a chemical which causes the blood within the small vein to clot and the walls of the vein to adhere to each other. The thombus (clot) is removed by the body and as the vein walls stick together, the vein cannot fill with blood and becomes effectively invisible. Compression bandages and stockings are utilised for several weeks after treatment for best results.
The procedure does not require anaesthetic and can be done in the consulting rooms with simple equipment. Multiple sessions are usually required.
The procedure is usually safe, but there are potential complications including allergic reaction, brown pigmentation at the site of the vein, ulceration and deep venous thrombosis.
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