Broken veins on the legs can result from standing and pregnancy but more often are just bad luck – they can be inherited from one of our parents. The small purple-red veins described as spider veins can be treated by the age-old but gold standard technique, Microsclerotherapy.

Microsclerotherapy involves injecting a liquid solution (sclerosant) directly into the red, stretched pathological veins sticking them from the inside, just like injecting glue into a hosepipe. The lining of the veins becomes irritated and sticky, flattening the vein preventing blood flow through the treated vein.

The treatment is not painful but the treated area can look worse before it fades.

Three treatments are required at an interval of two, two and four weeks. Wearing support tights for a few days after the treatment will help the results.