What can go wrong with sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat small varicose veins and spider veins. It involves injecting a sclerosant solution into the affected veins, which causes them to close and eventually fade from the skin’s surface. Sclerotherapy is a relatively quick and effective treatment for spider veins with few risks or side effects.

However, a few things can go wrong with sclerotherapy. One potential side effect is allergic reactions to the solution used in the treatment. This is rare, but it can cause symptoms such as itching, redness, and swelling at the injection site. Another possible complication is the development of blood clots in the treated veins. This can be serious, but it is also very rare.

It’s important to note that these side effects and complications are extremely rare and can usually be avoided by consulting a qualified vein doctor. A good vein doctor will thoroughly assess your medical history and perform a physical examination to determine if sclerotherapy is the right treatment for you. They will also take steps to minimize the risk of side effects.

Long Island Vein Center is led by some of the most talented, board-certified, Harvard-trained vein doctors in Long Island. Our vein doctors always diagnose the root cause of spider veins and curate personalized treatment plans according to your specific needs and goals. Our considered approach to sclerotherapy ensures optimal results with minimal side effects.

We have state-of-the-art vein centers throughout Long Island, including the Port Jefferson Area, West Islip, Jericho, and Hampton Bays. If you’re in the Hamptons, you can find our vein center at 225 W Montauk Highway Suite 3, a short drive from Montauk and Quogue. Please schedule an appointment with your nearest vein center in Long Island.

What can go wrong with sclerotherapy? How to ensure optimal results after sclerotherapy? We help you make the most of your sclerotherapy treatment and avoid complications.

How to ensure optimal results after sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is an effective way to improve the appearance of your legs and reduce any discomfort or pain caused by spider veins and varicose veins. However, to ensure optimal results after sclerotherapy, you can do a few things.

  • First and foremost, it’s important to choose a qualified vein doctor for your treatment. A good vein doctor will thoroughly assess your medical history and perform a physical examination to determine if sclerotherapy is the right treatment for you, and they will also take steps to minimize the risk of any side effects or complications.
  • After your sclerotherapy treatment, your vein doctor will provide specific instructions on caring for your legs and promoting healing. These may include wearing compression stockings, avoiding strenuous activity, and avoiding direct sun exposure on the treated areas. It’s important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure optimal results.
  • Additionally, you can ensure optimal results by maintaining a healthy lifestyle after your sclerotherapy treatment. This includes eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and avoiding behaviors that may increase your risk of developing varicose veins, such as standing or sitting for long periods of time.

How many hours a day should you wear compression stockings?

It is generally recommended to wear compression stockings for at least 8 hours a day, although the exact length of time will depend on your individual situation and the advice of your vein doctor. In some cases, you may be advised to wear the stockings for longer periods or even continuously. It’s important to follow your vein doctor’s instructions carefully to ensure optimal results from your sclerotherapy treatment.

What happens if I don’t wear compression stockings after sclerotherapy?

Compression stockings are recommended after sclerotherapy to reduce swelling, promote healing, and improve circulation in the treated area. If you don’t wear compression stockings after sclerotherapy, you may experience increased swelling, discomfort, and bruising in the treated area. This can also lead to a longer recovery time and potentially less satisfactory results from the treatment.

Should I sleep in compression stockings after sclerotherapy?

If your vein doctor has instructed you to wear the stockings while you sleep, it is important to follow their instructions. You might be asked to wear compression stockings throughout the day for a few days after your sclerotherapy session, following which you can gradually reduce the duration of compression stockings. But please defer to your vein doctor’s instructions.

Can veins get worse after sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a sclerosing solution into spider veins to seal their walls shut. The spider veins turn into hardened scar tissues that are eventually reabsorbed by the body, following which they fade away from your skin’s surface. Your spider veins will look darker and feel harder after the treatment because they will have hardened into scar tissues, but they’ll soon get metabolized by the body and fade away from the skin’s surface.

Can you get nerve damage from sclerotherapy?

Generally speaking, nerve damage from sclerotherapy is very rare and is usually only seen in cases where the injector has failed to follow safety protocols. To avoid nerve damage, you must choose an experienced and qualified vein doctor for sclerotherapy.

What to avoid after sclerotherapy?

After sclerotherapy, it is generally recommended to avoid strenuous activity and prolonged standing or sitting for the first few days to allow the treated veins time to heal. You may also be advised to avoid direct sun exposure on the treated areas, as this can cause the treated veins to darken or become more noticeable.

Your vein doctor will provide you with specific instructions on what to avoid after sclerotherapy, and it’s important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure optimal results and a smooth recovery. If you have any questions or concerns about what to avoid after your sclerotherapy treatment, contact your vein doctor for guidance.