What You Should Know About:
The special medicine that is injected causes the walls of the
little veins to become irritated and collapse without harmful
effect elsewhere in the body. However, you may note any of the
following during the healing period:
Irritation: At first, there is some redness, irritation and swelling in the areas injected. This may last for a day or two.
Delayed Response: Veins irritated sufficiently to collapse may not do so for 1 to 3 days after treatment. Dont be overly concerned if you see no effect during the first several days.
Tenderness: Some people note a small zone of tenderness associated with a bruise or a dark blue-black vein that may be quite firm and tender to the touch. These changes might indicate a localized blood clot. If tenderness persists, please call us.
Pigmentation: Over a period of 2 weeks to several months, some patients notice a few brown discolored spots where veins have been injected. These pigmented areas will fade slowly and we have special creams to help things along.
Small Sore: On rare occasions, a few people note a small zone of irritation and scab formation. This is a little sore that heals by itself over 1 to 3 weeks.
Blush Veins: Sometimes there are mats of very fine new veins that form where originally other individual larger veins were. The formation of these new veins is totally unpredictable and quite uncommon. Some may prove resistant to removal.
Remember: Not all veins disappear in any one treatment! Sclerotherapy treatment does not prevent new veins from forming.
POST TREATMENT CARE
You may resume your normal activities.
For tender sites, we ask that you wrap these areas with an ace bandage for 1-3 days after treatment.
If you experience tenderness, you may take 2 buffered aspirin every four hours while awake for 1-3 days following the treatment.
If your tenderness persists, please call the Dermatology Clinic at 650-723-6316.
If you develop a sore at an injection site, please notify us.