One of the safest and most effective vein treatment procedures to remove spider veins is sclerotherapy. The procedure has been in use for decades, and continues to be the treatment of choice for spider veins. But the decision to receive spider vein treatment is personal, and the patient should consider the potential risks and other aspects to make an objective decision.
To help the patient make a well-informed choice, the treatment provider will educate the patient about the risks and complications during the initial consultation. In any case, sclerotherapy has a high safety profile as long as it is performed by a qualified provider.
The hardworking and reliable Dr. Pushpinder Sivia and Dr. Son Ha Yu of the Desert Vein & Vascular Institute provide spider vein treatment to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Inland Empire, Riverside, California, and other cities and suburbs in this area of Southern California.
Temporary Side Effects
Some of the common and temporary side effects that may occur in the injection areas with sclerotherapy include:
- Mild bruising
- Raised red areas
- Tiny skin sores
- Darkened skin in the form of lines or spots
- Multiple red blood vessels
In most cases, these side effects will go away in a few weeks. But in a few patients, it may take months or even years for the side effects to completely disappear.
More serious complications are rare in case of spider vein treatment with sclerotherapy. These may include:
Mild inflammation may occur, causing some discomfort, swelling and warmth around the injection sites. The vein specialist may prescribe aspirin or other mild medications to address inflammation.
A lump of clotted blood may occur in a treated vein in a few cases, which will have to be drained. In rare circumstances, the blood clot may move to a deeper vein in the treated site, which is known as deep vein thrombosis.
Deep vein thrombosis involves a risk of pulmonary embolism. This is among the rarest complications of sclerotherapy. In this condition, the blood clot travels from the injection area to the lungs and blocks a vital artery. If the patient feels chest pain, dizziness, or breathing difficulty, they should seek immediate medical attention.
Formation of Air Bubbles
Sometimes tiny air bubbles may occur in the bloodstream. These bubbles may not cause symptoms, but if they do, it will include headaches, nausea, and dizziness. The symptoms will normally disappear quickly, but if the patient experiences problems with limb movement or with sensation, they should talk to the vein specialist.
Allergic reaction may occur in a few cases because of the medicated solution used in the spider vein injectable procedure. In any case, this is an uncommon occurrence.
How to Minimize Risk?
An experienced and fabulous vein treatment professional should perform each sclerotherapy session a few weeks apart in order to allow the treated veins to respond and produce sustainable outcomes. The patient should be encouraged to walk on a treadmill for about 15 minutes after the treatment.
Walking, biking or another aerobic activity may be recommended for about 30 minutes a day for one week or more. DVVI receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Inland Empire, Riverside, California, and other communities and towns in this region of the southwest for spider vein treatment.