Are there any side effects to using sclerotherapy for spider veins?
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Sclerotherapy and side effects.
Side Effects of Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy kills the vein and causes it to become a scar. It is a scar underneath the skin and it will take time to disappear. It takes longer in women of color, but it should eventually disappear. It gets better with time.
Side effects of sclerotherapy
Although sclerotherapy is a great procedure for the treatment of spider veins, there are a few risks that you should be aware of before proceeding with treatment. Some of the risks include hyperpigmentation or staining of the skin over where the vein was injected. This is more common in patients that have a darker skin tone. Matting is when closing down the vein causes dilation of surrounding capillaries overlying the vein. This usually goes away with further injections. Also patients can form a blister of the overlying skin which in severe cases can cause scarring. Other common side effects include bruising, and lumpiness over the injected vein that can take a few weeks to a few months to resolve.
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Sclero adverse effect
first and for more the veins can recur. There is a change for brown staining at the injection site. And rarely there can be skin breakdown. Blood clots or injection material going to in intended vascular locations.
Spider vein treatment side effects
First of all, injection sclerotherapy is the gold standard, best treatment for spider veins in the legs.The most common "side effect" is hyperpigmentation.Hyperpigmentation is a dull brown discoloration that may occur in the skin overlying about 10% of treated spider veins. Pigment can last for weeks or months and about 99% of pigment is gone in 12 months.Pigment is hemosiderin which are small iron particles in your blood that cause the dull, rusty brown color.
The worst "side effect" or complication of spider vein sclerotherapy is ulceration. This is extremely uncommon and unpredictable and occurs in about 1:1000 patients. A dime size wound may develop over a sclerotherapy injection site that may take months to heal and usually creates a small scar. If the scar is cosmetically disturbing it can be excised/removed by a plastic surgeon.
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