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Vein flow is a dedicated service at Medical on Church which provides non-surgical varicose vein and spider vein treatments.  These treatments are carried out by Dr Lionel Chiew, who is a certified sclerotherapist with the Australasian College of Phlebology.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a non surgical treatment for varicose and spider veins.  It is a straightforward office procedure which does not require surgery, anaesthetic or downtime.

How does sclerotherapy work?

It involves the injection of a sclerosant through a tiny needle into unwanted veins.  The sclerosant is usually a special detergent, for example, sodium tetradecyl sulfate or polidocanol, and it can be injected as a solution or as a foam.  The sclerosant causes the vein to react, and then, breakdown.  Over time, the breakdown products are gradually absorbed and removed by the body, resulting in the unwanted veins fading from view.

After treatment, a compression stocking is worn for 1-2 weeks.  This helps with the effectiveness of the treatment and also reduces the risk of complications.

In some cases, more than one treatment session will be required to achieve best results.

The initial assessment

Prior to treatment, a clinical assessment including a duplex ultrasound scan will help determine whether sclerotherapy is an appropriate treatment option for your condition.  This will also provide information to work out your individual treatment plan.  Please complete a questionnaire prior to your appointment by downloading it from our website or by requesting for one to emailed to you.


As the extent of varicose and spider veins vary between people, the cost of treatment will be depend on your individual situation.  Following the initial assessment, you will be informed of the cost of treatment.

Medicare rebates may apply.