At the CIMA anti-aging clinic in Orlando, we offer sclerotherapy for the treatment and elimination of spider veins. This is an effective, non-invasive removal procedure that involves the injection of a solution directly into the vein. The vein then swells and sticks together, which causes the blood to clot. Over time, the vein then turns into scar tissue and is no longer visible at the skin’s surface. As with any other procedure, sclerotherapy is not for everyone and there is always the potential of developing different side effects.
After receiving a sclerotherapy injection, you may experience certain side effects. While the most common and mild side effects include itching or raised red areas at the injection site, there are other side effects that you should be aware of.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, transient hyperpigmentation consists of “brown lines or spots [that] may appear at the treatment vein sites.” In most cases, the pigmentation tends to disappear within 3 months to a year, however, in some cases, the hyperpigmentation can take up to 2 years to fade completely.
This is another potential side effect of sclerotherapy that is described by the Cleveland Clinic as the “temporary development of new, tiny blood vessels, also known as ‘flares,’ ‘mats,’ or ‘blushing’.” These new tiny vessels can appear weeks or days after the procedure but tend to fade within about 3-12 months. If they do not fade, they can be treated with vascular lasers.
Other serious sclerotherapy side effects may include the formation of small ulcers at the injection site, as well as the sudden onset of a swollen leg. If you experience these serious side effects you will need to seek immediate medical attention.
Call CIMA today to schedule your consultation today and find out how we can permanently rid your body of those nasty spider veins.