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Spider Vein Treatment (Sclerotherapy) Risks and Safety

Spider Vein Treatment (Sclerotherapy) Risks and Safety | Beverly HillsSclerotherapy is a time-tested medspa procedure to treat spider veins, and has been around for nearly a century. While the procedure is consider very safe, it is important select a qualified provider to ensure predictable results. A responsible provider will inform the patient about the potential risks and safety issues to enable the patient to make a well-considered decision.
The patient should feel free to ask questions during the pre-op consultation pertaining to the safety profile of sclerotherapy treatment.
The provider will strive to satisfy the patient’s concerns with correct and detailed answers. Motykie Medical Spa, led by the fantastic, focused, and board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie, provides spider vein treatment to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other communities and neighborhoods in this area of The Golden State.
 

Side Effects

Sclerotherapy may lead to minor side effects that will mostly resolve in a few days without the need for any treatment. These may include:

  • Raised red areas
  • Minor bruising
  • Small skin sores
  • Lines, spots, or darkened skin
  • Multiple red blood vessels

The side effects of this medspa procedure will dissipate in a few days to a few weeks. In rare circumstances, a side effect may linger on for months or even years.
 

Major Complications

More severe complications of sclerotherapy are extremely rare. Some of the conditions that will require prompt medical attention include:
 
Inflammation
Inflammation is often mild, but in rare cases it may cause pain, swelling and warmth around the injection areas. The treatment provider will prescribe medications to improve the condition.
 
Blood Clotting
If a blood clot develops in a treated vein, it will have to be drained. In rare situations, the clot may shift to a deeper vein around the injection site. This is known as deep vein thrombosis.
 
Pulmonary Embolism
The risk of pulmonary embolism is associated with deep vein thrombosis. In this rare complication, the blood clot from the bigger vein may travel to the lungs and block a vital artery. If the patient experiences dizziness, chest pain or breathing obstruction, they should be given emergency medical attention.
 
Formation of Air Bubbles
Small air bubbles may form in the blood in a few cases. This condition is often asymptomatic, but sometimes it may be indicated by headache, nausea, fainting and visual impairment. If the symptoms persist or worsen, the patient should seek medical help.
 
Allergic Reaction
An allergic reaction to the medication used in the sclerotherapy injections may occur in rare cases. The patient should immediately contact the treatment provider in such cases.
 

Risk Mitigation

To start with, the patient should choose a fully equipped and qualified medical spa for spider vein treatment. The injection treatment sessions should be scheduled with an adequate gap to allow the diseased veins to respond and create sustainable outcomes.
Following the treatment, the provider may recommend the patient to walk on a treadmill for a few minutes. Some patients may be advised to wear compression stockings for a few days. Motykie Medical Spa receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other suburbs and cities across the horizon for spider vein treatment.
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