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What are the side effects of spider vein treatment?

Aug 06, 2019

Harvard Trained Vein Doctors | Voted #1 Vein Center | Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center

Minor side effects of spider vein treatment – and how you can minimize them

Sclerotherapy is the most effective treatment for spider veins, and is the one that is recommended by most vein specialists. It is considered an extremely safe treatment procedure, for all patient groups. Nevertheless, there are a few side effects that can occur, which you must be aware of. We list a few of these below.

Bruising: Your skin may feel sore and you may see some bluish or purplish bruising shortly after the procedure. This disappears within a couple of days. If the soreness is severe, you can take over-the-counter painkillers, or ask the doctor for prescription medication.

Inflammation: The medicine injected into your veins to remove the spider veins (called sclerosant) is meant to work by irritating your veins. So it is natural to see some signs of irritation on the outside! You may see raised, reddish spots that resemble bug bites, or you may develop small sores. These quickly disappear within 24 hours. Both bruising and inflammation can be reduced by wearing compression stockings immediately after the procedure.

Pain from the injection: Sclerotherapy does, after all, involve injections, and these can sometimes be painful. Using small, fine needles during the injection process can reduce the pain experienced. The best way to lessen pain is to go to a doctor who has massive experience with spider vein treatment – they become experts at injecting painlessly!

Darkened skin: During spider vein treatment, the red cells in the blood get destroyed. This can sometimes cause reddish discoloration of the skin overlying the spider veins. This occurs in less than 1% of all people, and tends to be more common in non-Caucasians. This discoloration slowly fades over time, and completely disappears in six months.

Formation of new, tiny blood vessels: Sometimes, blood vessels branching off from the spider vein can darken when medicine is injected into the spider vein itself. This happens in one-third of all people, and gives the appearance of multiple, tinier, new spider veins. Don’t worry, though – unlike spider veins, they are not here to stay! These vessels usually disappear on their own after some time.

All the above effects are minor, and do not require treatment. The risk of even these effects reduces in the hands of an experienced specialist, especially if you follow the recommended post-procedure instructions thoroughly.

Rare side effects of spider vein treatment

Dizziness: Very rarely, tiny air bubbles from the injection needle can get into your blood stream along with the injected medicine. If this occurs, you may develop dizziness and headache. You could also experience nausea, and visual disturbances. These effects also usually disappear on their own, but if it persists, you should visit a doctor.

Blood clots: Very rarely, a blood clot will form in the spider vein that has been injected. This blood clot is not dangerous as it; However, it can travel through a larger vein up your legs and heart to your lungs, where it can block a vital artery, causing chest pain and breathlessness. This is called pulmonary embolism, and it requires emergency treatment.

Allergic reactions: A very small percentage of people may be allergic to the sclerosant used for injections. While most allergic reactions cause itching, hives and reddened skin, a few extremely rare cases can develop anaphylaxis. This is a serious allergic reaction where it becomes difficult to breathe. This kind of reaction sets in almost immediately after injection, so a well-trained doctor can administer emergency treatment for anaphylaxis as soon as it occurs.

Infections: Infections are very rare and can occur around treated veins if the needle or sclerosant become contaminated with micro-organisms. The area around the injection site may become red, inflamed, or may start oozing pus. You could also develop a fever. If this occurs, you will need to visit your doctor to get a course of antibiotics for treating the infection.

Signs that you should see a doctor immediately

If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, you could be having a serious adverse reaction to sclerotherapy. You should visit the emergency department immediately:

  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain
  • Persistent dizziness and headache
  • Problems with sensation or limb movement
  • Inflammation or swelling that is much larger than the usual bug bite.
  • Persistent bleeding from the injected site.

Spider veins can also recur, if you have underlying vein disease. You may need to evaluate this before you decide on getting treated.

VTC – your solution to safe spider vein treatment with minimal side effects.

At VTC, we take every possible precaution to ensure that your sclerotherapy procedure is safe and comfortable. We have on board a team of the nation’s best board certified vein specialists. Your treatment will be performed by experts who have performed the procedure literally thousands of times, so you are in safe hands! The vein doctors at VTC use tiny needles that are designed to cause minimum discomfort, and you can hardly feel the injection. All procedures at VTC follow strict sterilization and asepsis protocols, and we can proudly state that we have never had a single case of infection – ever.

If you would like to learn more about sclerotherapy, or other options for treating varicose and spider veins, please talk to our experts! You can call 855-386-0195, or book an appointment online today.

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Dr. Namrata Khimani

Venous specialist | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.

If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.

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Dr. Michael Nguyen

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.

As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.

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Dr. Caroline Novak

Venous Specialist | NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Board Certified vein specialist in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. Dr. Novak is well known for continuously performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area. She is committed to developing long lasting relationships with her patients, allowing her to personalize a varicose and spider veins treatment plan that successfully meets her patients' goals.

At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
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Dr. Sareh Rajaee

Venous Specialist | BROWN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Sareh Rajaee is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon and Vein Disease specialist. She is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in spider veins and varicose vein removal. She is proud to serve the New York community at our vein clinic in Manhattan, and the New Jersey community in Clifton & Paramus.

Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Todd Kobrinski

Vein Specialist | GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.

Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Juan Montoya

VASCULAR SPECIALIST | Yale Medical School

Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in New York. He is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in cardiac surgery, and is now proud to serve the Vein Clinics in Manhattan, NY.

Dr. Montoya performs the latest minimally-invasive vein treatments to treat Chronic Venous Insufficiency; a condition that leads to spider veins and varicose veins, along with symptoms such as leg cramping, pain, and fatigue.

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Dr. Carly Guthrie

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Carly Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Guthrie is a double Board-Certified vein specialist, and is regarded as one of the top interventional ultrasonographers in the country. In her years of training and on staff at Harvard, she worked with the top venous specialists in the world, attending some of the most complex cases. Her areas of expertise include radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the newly approved VenaSeal technique for treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Dr. Guthrie is focused on bringing the newest and most-advanced treatments to Southern California in order to decrease recovery times and improve patient satisfaction.

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Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

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Dr. Calvin Jung

New York University

Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung focuses in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.

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Dr. Jasmine Koo

VENOUS SPECIALIST | UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Dr. Jasmine specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider and varicose vein removal in San Diego, California. Her areas of expertise include Sclerotherapy treatment, radiofrquency ablation, and VenaSeal treatment for chronic venous insufficiency.

Our Vein Clinic San Diego offers FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

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Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
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Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Caroline
Novak MD

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.
Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Sareh
Rajaee MD

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Sareh Rajaee is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon and Vein Disease specialist. She is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in spider veins and varicose vein removal. She is proud to serve the New York community at our vein clinic in Manhattan, and the New Jersey community in Clifton & Paramus.
Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Todd
Kobrinski MD

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.
Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Juan
Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL

Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly
Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.

Read more >>

Billy
Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.

Read more >>

Calvin
Jung MD

NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL

Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung focuses in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.

Read more >>

Jasmine
Koo MD

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Dr. Jasmine specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider and varicose vein removal in San Diego, California. Her areas of expertise include Sclerotherapy treatment, radiofrquency ablation, and VenaSeal treatment for chronic venous insufficiency.

Our Vein Clinic San Diego offers FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

Read more >>
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