90% of pigmentation after sclero will resolve within 6 months
In our 25 year experience in over 20,000 patients, 90% of pigmentation after sclerotherapy, if it ever occurs will resolve within 6 months and the other 10% within 1 year. If it is stubborn, we recommend the q-switched ruby laser which vaporizes out the brown iron staining.
Brown discoloration or staining of the skin following vein treatment (hemosiderin staining) is not uncommon unfortunately. It can last any where from months to years until it spontaneously resolves. We have not found any really effective treatments to help speed the process. If it is just bruising or remnants of vessels that need to resolve, that can take weeks to even months as well.
How Long can Discoloration Last After Vein Treatment?
Hi Zhi. It can be years. We have had patients come to us regarding a condition called "hemosiderin staining" 1-3 years after their vein injections. This condition causes the are around the injection site to "brown" or bruise semi-permanently.
The good news is that we do have the ability with q-switched lasers to break up this pigment. Finally, one of the main reasons our olive or dark skinned patients opt for laser treatments rather...
Hyperpigmentation after treatment of varicose/reticular/telangiectatic leg veins
In almost 100% of patients, any discoloration in skin following sclerotherapy spontaneously resolves within a year (most will resolve sooner than that). This pigment is the result of hemosiderin (a breakdown product of red blood cells) that has been deposited in the tissue while the body is resorbing the treated blood vessels. Rest assured that this pigment will resolve. One way to minimize the potential for this pigment to occur in the first place is to follow-up with your physician...
Pigmentation changes can occur after any form of varicose vein therapy. This coloration usually fades with time, but the use of topical creams can speed the resolution. You should also avoid sun exposure(including tanning booths) for about 6 weeks after treatment to minimize this issue. Hope this helps.