Microsclerotherapy (vein injecting)

Microsclerotherapy (vein injecting)

Treatment overview

How Microsclerotherapy can treat spider veins and capillaries

Microsclerotherapy treats small veins and capillaries, often referred to as ‘spider veins’, ‘broken’ capillaries, ‘star-burst veins’ or ‘thread veins’. The medical term for this type of presentation is “telangiectasia”. The majority of women have telangiectasias to one degree or another by middle age, and they are usually associated with underlying vein issues.

The underlying vein problems can present for a number of reasons, including:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Sun-damage
  • Smoking
  • Age-related to our veins beginning to lose their natural expandable properties
  • Obesity
  • Standing or sitting on a daily level, for long periods of time
  • Pregnancy/hormone-related issues

Thread veins can be treated either by injecting an agent into the vessel, by thermocoagulation or by certain types of laser. The FNQ Plastic Surgery Clinic offers the injectable form (for deeper, more blue veins) and also the thermocoagulation (Thermavein®) form (for very small red/purple veins near the skin) of treatment, and these are used mainly on the legs. The very fine vessels, difficult to treat by injectables, for example, those on the face, are better treated by thermocoagulation (Thermavein®).

With microsclerotherapy, a tiny needle is introduced into the vessel being treated or the spray of thread veins connecting together. The injected agent closes off the vein and prevents blood flow in the vessel. Each vessel or interconnecting group of vessels, therefore, requires individual tiny injections followed by a mild stinging sensation for a couple of seconds. It is very well tolerated, with each session usually lasting up to half an hour.

A consultation is required to discuss every case on an individual basis to ascertain the appropriateness and safety-related issues, as well as the potential number and frequency of treatments required.

Treatment benefits

Effective treatment: Microsclerotherapy is an effective treatment for small veins and capillaries that can cause a range of cosmetic issues.

Non-invasive: This treatment is minimally invasive, with very little pain or downtime associated with it, making it a great option for those with busy schedules.

Safe and suitable for all skin types: Microsclerotherapy is a safe treatment that can be used on all skin types, making it an ideal choice for anyone with thread veins or broken capillaries.

Long-lasting results: With Microsclerotherapy, you can expect long-lasting results that can help to improve the overall appearance of your skin, giving you a boost of confidence and self-esteem.

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  • What are spider veins and capillaries?

    Spider veins and capillaries are small, visible veins that appear on the skin’s surface. They are usually red, blue, or purple and can appear in a web-like pattern.

  • Who is a good candidate for Microsclerotherapy?

    Patients with spider veins and capillaries are good candidates for Microsclerotherapy. However, a consultation with a healthcare professional is necessary to determine the appropriateness and safety-related issues of the procedure.

  • What happens during the Microsclerotherapy procedure?

    During the procedure, a tiny needle is introduced into the vessel being treated or the spray of thread veins connecting together. The injected agent closes off the vein and prevents blood flow in the vessel. Each vessel or interconnecting group of vessels requires individual tiny injections followed by a mild stinging sensation for a couple of seconds.

  • Is Microsclerotherapy painful?

    Microsclerotherapy is very well tolerated, with each session usually lasting up to half an hour. Patients may experience mild stinging or discomfort during the procedure.

  • How many sessions are required for Microsclerotherapy?

    The number of sessions required depends on the individual case. Usually, multiple sessions are required to achieve the desired results.

  • What are the potential risks and side effects of Microsclerotherapy?

    Some potential risks and side effects of Microsclerotherapy include bruising, swelling, redness, and mild discomfort. Rarely, patients may experience more severe side effects such as blood clots or allergic reactions. A consultation with a healthcare professional can provide more information on the potential risks and side effects of the procedure.

Consulting & treatment information

FNQ Plastic Surgery is committed to providing high-quality, professional, and personalised non-surgical treatments to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. To help you prepare for your consultation and treatment, we have compiled some frequently asked questions and important information regarding our policies and procedures.

Medical Consultations for Non-Cosmetic Procedures (skin cancers, hand surgery etc.)

  • Initial consultation: $280
  • Follow-ups: $85

Cosmetic Consultations (in person or virtual)

  • Initial consultation: $350
  • Follow-ups: $100

Children Consultations under 18 years

  • Initial consultation: $250
  • Follow-ups: $85


All prices include GST. You will be required to make a deposit of $100 to secure your booking. Your appointment will be confirmed and secured once paid. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express via electronic banking details over the phone.

Skin cancer

Payment for skin cancer/ skin lesion surgery is due (7) days prior to your surgery booking date.

Cosmetic surgery

To secure an appointment for cosmetic surgery, you are required to make a deposit as outlined below. The final payment is due to FNQ Plastic Surgery 2 weeks prior to your scheduled date. Please reference your surname and contact us once payment is complete.

Surgeon feeDeposit required

Up to $10,000$1,000
$10,000 – $20,000$2,000
$20,000 +$3,000

Payment options

  • Direct Deposit
  • Bank cheque made payable to FNQ Plastic Surgery (we do not accept personal cheques)
  • Major credit cards accepted – including AMEX
  • Cash

Refund policy

If you cancel or reschedule your procedure less than (7) days prior to your surgery date, you will be responsible to pay thirty percent (30%) of the total costs of the procedure (non-refundable and cannot be applied to a future procedure).

Average prices paid for cosmetic and plastic surgery are different across Australia. Prices and Hospital Costs vary for plastic surgery as every patient has slightly different anatomy and varying surgical needs. Your Price for surgery depends mostly on which surgeon, which hospital, the type of prosthesis and how long the surgery will take. It will also vary based on eligibility for Medicare and whether you are insured or uninsured.

A fully personalised quote for your plastic surgery procedure is available when you come for a confidential consultation.

Your quote as part of a fully informed financial consent will outline your specific:

  • Surgeon Fee
  • Hospital Costs based on theatre time and length of hospital stay
  • Anaesthetists Fee
  • Assistants Fee (if applicable)
  • Prosthesis, Implant fee and post-operative garment fee (if applicable)
  • Any Medicare codes that may be applicable to your surgery

Many patients want to know if Medicare will cover plastic surgery. Medicare will cover what is deemed essential reconstructive surgery and procedures that have associated Medicare item numbers listed in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Dr Sorensen and his team can help you understand if Medicare may cover your procedure. However, if you wish to look up a particular type of surgery and its item numbers, refer to the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

Medicare will not cover cosmetic surgery procedures – like a cosmetic breast augmentation.

If you meet the strict criteria, you may be eligible for a Medicare item number Breast Surgery, Tummy Surgery, and post weight loss Excess Skin removal, amongst many other procedures.

You can undertake your surgery as a self-funded (uninsured) patient, or you may be covered by your Private Health Fund. There are many private health funds, some more generous than others.

Your Private Health Fund may partly contribute to the cost of your surgery. If you have a valid medical referral and meet the specific criteria for a Medicare Item Number.

You must also have the right LEVEL of insurance cover – Gold, Silver or Bronze – for the type of surgery you want. You may have to delay surgery after initially joining a health fund – typically, a 12-month waiting period needs to be served before you can have surgery.
If you have private health insurance, it is your responsibility to check your level of cover for this procedure. If you are not covered for the procedure, you will be responsible for hospital fees. Below are listed questions you should ask your health fund:

  • Am I covered for the Cairns Private Hospital or Cairns Day Surgery?
  • Am I covered for the item number(s) listed on my quote?
  • Will I be covered if this surgery is combined with a cosmetic procedure that does not have an item number?
  • Do I have an excess to pay when I go to hospital? if so, how much is it?

Nearly all plastic surgeons now charge a GAP fee on top of what Medicare and Private Health Funds are willing to contribute for your surgery. Medicare rebates have been fixed and have not increased for years. This has resulted in few, if any, NO GAP Plastic surgeons willing to charge the standard Medicare fee and health fund rebate.

You may be able to get early access to your Superannuation Fund to pay for your life-changing surgery.

This will most likely apply to Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Breast Reduction, Body Contouring, Arm lift, Nose Surgery or Skin Reduction after significant weight loss or Bariatric Surgery.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will assess your Early Super Fund Access application for medical procedures that treat life-threatening illnesses or chronic pain. The final decision, however, will be made by your own Super Fund, as some funds will not allow withdrawal. Find out more by visiting the ATO website or contacting Supercare.

No, you do not need a referral to see Dr Sorrel Sørensen for non-surgical treatments. As this is completely cosmetic, there are no Medicare rebates.

The cost of a consultation with Dr Sorrel Sørensen is $150. You will be required to pay a deposit of $100 when booking your appointment with Dr Sørensen.

There is a minimum requirement of 24 hours notice for cancelling a non-surgical appointment. This is to allow sufficient time for the appointment time to be reallocated. If you cancel within 24 hours of your appointment or fail to attend a booked appointment, we reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee of $100.

Anyone under the age of 18 years old must attend with a parent or guardian for the first consultation. If the child is over 14 years old, the agreed package of treatment can proceed without the parent or guardian been present, but the consent form for the package must be countersigned by the parent or guardian.

Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes before your appointment time to allow time for parking and completion of the necessary registration paperwork. This involves confirming contact details which are used by the FNQ Plastic Surgery staff to confirm appointment bookings. This data will not be shared with any third party except for administrative purposes relating to the services we provide and where we may be required to do so by law.

If you do not wish to receive updates on special offers related to treatments and products, please inform the reception staff member or email the clinic, to advise that you prefer not to receive these email updates.

In the interest of health and safety, children cannot accompany patients into the treatment rooms and the reception staff are not responsible for supervising young children in the waiting room. Appointments can be provided outside working hours to allow for arrangements to be made, so that your appointment is centred around you.

Pre-treatment advice is available on this website. More detailed advice will be provided during your consultation and should you proceed with a particular treatment, it will be further explained on the relevant consent form.

Post-treatment advice will be provided on attending a treatment. Aftercare advice will be clearly explained with general tips on improving recovery/down time as appropriate.

Skin product information is available on this website. If you would like to purchase any products, or if you require further information on products in relation to specific skin types or concerns, please book a consultation with the doctor.

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