The Vein and Skin Centre
Varicose and spider vein treatment

Most vein & skin treatments are Medicare rebatable!

Do You Suffer From Spider Or Varicose Veins?

Does the appearance of your legs stop you from wearing shorts or going to the beach? If the answer is yes then here is some really good news… Thanks to modern medical techniques, spider and varicose veins can be effectively treated.

spider-before-afterWhat are varicose veins and spider veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged blood vessels that can become swollen and twisted with a blue rope-like appearance. As a sufferer of varicose veins you may experience symptoms such as tiredness, heaviness, aching, burning, itching or cramping legs. Spider veins are small, thin blood vessels that lie close to the surface of the skin and appear red or blue. These small, enlarged blood vessels may appear as short, unconnected lines or may be connected in a spider web or cluster pattern.

What causes varicose and spider veins?

Varicose veins are caused by improper functioning of the one-way valves in the veins. These valves are designed to prevent the backwards flow of blood against gravity, as it is channeled back to the heart. When the walls of the veins become weak, the veins stretch, hindering the valves and causing blood to ‘pool’ in the veins. This pooling stretches and damages the veins. Spider veins are caused by the backup of blood. They can also be caused by hormone changes, exposure to the sun, and injuries.

varicose-before-afterHow does Sclerotherapy work?

Sclerotherapy (micro-injection) is a technique which can treat most varicose and spider veins. Tiny needles are used to inject a medication (sclerosing solution) directly into the unwanted vein. The solution acts on the inner linning of veins, causing it to collapse and shrink so that no more blood can flow through this unwanted vein. Within weeks, the unused vein is absorbed by the body and eventually becomes barely noticeable.

Who can perform Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is performed by trained medical professionals only. As with many medical and cosmetic treatments, the skill and techniques used by the clinician have a lot to do with your end result. Different techniques of injection and sclerosants are employed to achieve a good outcome.

Dr Chan, Sclerotherapist & Aesthetic Medical Practitioner

Our principal doctor, Dr. Joe Chan is an experienced sclerotherapist. He specialises in treating different types of vein problems through sclerotherapy. He is a member of the Australian & New Zealand Society of Phlebology and a member of American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. In addition, he has special interest in skin cancer management. He holds a professional certificate in skin cancer medicine and surgery (University of Queensland).

Is Sclerotherapy right for you?

In our initial consultation Dr Chan will carry out an assessment and discuss your treatment options. You can then ask questions and decide if Sclerotherapy is right for you. There is no obligation, and most of the assessment fee is medicare rebatable. Call now and speak to Frances, our practice manager. She is always happy to answer your questions and arrange an appointment for you.