Varicose Vein Injections

varicose vein injections

Are varicose or spider veins causing you pain and embarrassment? Varicose vein injections, also known as Sclerotherapy is a safe and effective treatment that can help. This simple, non-invasive procedure can reduce the appearance of these veins and ease your discomfort.

At Ashbrooke Cosmetic Surgery, we specialise in helping you maintain youthful and smooth skin through varicose vein injections. If you’re in Sydney, contact us to schedule your appointment and start your journey to healthier-looking skin.

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What are Varicose Vein Injections?

Varicose vein injections, commonly known as sclerotherapy, is a medical procedure used to treat twisted and larger veins, known as varicose veins and spider veins. During this non-invasive treatment, our doctor injects a special solution directly into the affected veins.

This solution irritates the vein walls, causing them to collapse and seal shut. Over time, the body naturally absorbs the treated vein, and blood flow is rerouted to healthier veins.

Varicose vein injections are a highly effective way to reduce the appearance of these unsightly veins and relieve associated symptoms like pain and discomfort. This is not a type of laser therapy.

They are often used for cosmetic reasons but can also be recommended for medical reasons, especially when varicose veins are causing discomfort or other health issues.

Benefits Injections for Varicose Vein

Injection for varicose veins offers a multitude of advantages, such as:
Safety and Effectiveness: Varicose vein injections are a safe and highly effective treatment.

  • Convenience: Varicose vein injections are a swift and hassle-free process, with most sessions lasting under an hour.
  • Cost-Efficiency: It presents a cost-effective alternative when compared to other treatments for vascular issues.
  • Anaesthesia-Free: Doesn’t require anaesthesia, and there’s typically no need for downtime afterwards.
  • Prompt Results: Patients typically witness visible results within just a few weeks.
  • Non-Surgical Approach: It’s a non-surgical technique, eliminating concerns about infection or scar tissue formation.
  • Lasting Solution: Veins treated with sclerotherapy tend not to reappear, ensuring a long-term solution to the problem.

The above benefits and results may differ from patient to patient.

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Varicose Vein treatments can successfully remove varicose veins from the legs and other affected parts of the body and restore a smooth look.

Possible Risks of Varicose Vein Injections

Varicose vein injections are generally a safe procedure, but there are some possible side effects to be aware of. These include:

  • Bruising: Bruising is a relatively common side effect resulting from the needle’s skin penetration during varicose vein injections, which is minor and tends to dissipate within a few days or weeks.
  • Swelling: Swelling is another frequent occurrence, caused by the injected solution entering the vein. Usually, it’s minor and resolves itself within a few days.
  • Temporary Skin Discoloration: Some individuals might experience temporary dark spots on the skin around the injection site following varicose vein injections. These spots should gradually fade within a few weeks.
  • Infection Risk: There is a potential risk of infection associated with varicose vein injections.
  • Pigmentation Changes: Certain patients may experience pigmentation changes in the skin around the injection site after varicose vein injections.
  • Allergic Reactions: While uncommon, there is a risk of an allergic reaction to the sclerosing solution used in varicose vein injections. Symptoms may include hives, itching, and localised swelling.
  • Vein Thrombosis: The likelihood of vein thrombosis (blood clot) is elevated with varicose vein injections.

These risks may differ from patient to patient.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Varicose Veins Sclerotherapy?

A suitable candidate for varicose veins sclerotherapy injections should have visible smaller or larger varicose veins or spider veins that are causing discomfort, pain, or aesthetic concerns. Additionally, your overall health should be in good condition, and your medical history will be evaluated to ensure the procedure’s safety.

How Do I Know If This Procedure Is Right For Me?

If you’re experiencing symptoms such as pain, swelling, or discomfort due to varicose veins or are concerned about their appearance, varicose vein injections may be a suitable choice.
Realistic expectations and an understanding of the financial aspects should be part of your decision-making process.

Varicose Vein Injections Treatment Explained

Pre-treatment consultation

During this consultation, your veins will be examined, your overall health will be assessed, and the suitability of this treatment for your specific condition will be determined. This is also an opportunity for you to seek clarification and ask any questions to gain a thorough understanding of the procedure and its expected outcomes.


Sclerotherapy for varicose veins is a very effective treatment. It involves injections into unwanted veins with a sclerosant. The solution creates shrinkage in the target veins, causing them to fade and disappear over several weeks. By applying immediate pressure on the injection sites, the opposing walls of the veins are brought together, causing them to stick together and effectively closing the vein.

Depending on the size of the area to be treated, sclerotherapy sessions generally last between 30 and 45 minutes or less. Patients may return to their normal daily activities immediately after sclerotherapy, as a 20-minute daily walk immediately after treatment is part of the protocol.

Sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard in varicose and spider vein treatment.

Recovery and Aftercare

Following the procedure, it’s common to experience some post-treatment effects, such as bruising and swelling, which are typically manageable.

You will be instructed to wear compression stockings and take necessary precautions during the recovery period. Sticking to these recommendations is essential to facilitate a smooth and successful recovery.

Varicose Vein Injections Cost

Varicose vein injection costs will depend on your specific needs as well as the extent of the veins that need to be treated.

For a more accurate quote tailored to your unique needs and goals, we encourage you to reach out to our team at Ashbrooke Cosmetic Surgery or book an initial consultation.

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Choose Us for Your Varicose Vein Injections

At Ashbrooke Cosmetic Surgery in Sydney, our highly skilled team is committed to enhancing your well-being and confidence. Our unwavering dedication to achieving satisfying outcomes while prioritising your safety makes us the ideal choice for your varicose vein injection needs.

Contact us today to arrange your consultation and begin the journey towards a more revitalised you.

How to schedule a consultation

To book a consultation with Ashbrooke Cosmetic Surgery, please call us on (02) 9319 4739, email us at info@ashbrookesh.com.au or book online via our website.

Our location

Find us here:

Level 1, 573 Crown Street,
Surry Hills, NSW 2010,

Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have some questions below you can find our most frequently asked questions:

How long do varicose vein injections last in treated veins?

Varicose vein injections can provide long-lasting results. Treated veins typically collapse and fade over several weeks to months, and once they disappear, they rarely reappear.

What is the best treatment for spider veins and varicose veins?

The most suitable treatment for spider veins and varicose veins depends on the severity and location of the veins. Treatments range from injections like sclerotherapy to minimally invasive procedures or surgery, with the choice determined by our doctor.

Do injections work for varicose veins?

Yes, injections like sclerotherapy treatment are effective treatments for varicose veins. They involve injecting a solution into the affected vein, causing it to close and eventually fade.

Are varicose vein injections painful?

Varicose vein injections can cause some discomfort, but they are generally not considered very painful. Patients may experience mild sensations like a pinch or stinging during the procedure.

Are varicose vein injections beneficial for deep vein thrombosis?

Varicose vein injections are not typically used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots. DVT is a more serious condition requiring different treatments, often involving blood-thinning medications or interventions by vascular specialists.

Downtime, results and effects may differ for each individual. Our doctor will explain the expected outcome for each person on a personal level.

This article is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a clinical assessment. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.

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