Involves the injection of a sclerosant solution (a prescription medicine called Fibrovein®) into the veins of the hand and a collagen stimulator (called Radiesse®) around the veins.
To improve the appearance of the vein(s) in the treated area. The treatment involves a healing process that is of variable duration from person to person. Initially, the treated area(s) may look worse and they may be red, lumpy and tender. The final outcome cannot be guaranteed, but in general the improvement in appearance will reach expectations.
Sclerotherapy requires a series of 5 appointments separated by 2 weeks. Patients need to commit to a course of treatment appointments and failure to do so may reduce the overall anticipated improvement in appearance. In addition failure to attend an appointment may result in Dr Gajraj not being able to aspirate trapped blood within the vein leading to hard protruding veins which may not resolve completely.
Serious or frequently occurring risks:
Serious complications such as thrombosis, allergic reactions, major nerve injury or infection are very rare (much less than one in a hundred risk). After treatment there may be residual veins requiring further treatment.
The treatment may cause discolouration and tenderness lasting many months. These usually resolve completely.
Occasionally the treatment may cause migraine with headache and visual symptoms for a short period during or immediately after the treatment. As the years pass, the treated veins may reappear. Bruising and redness of the treated area are common and will usually disperse in a few days. Lumpiness, Tenderness, Tingling, Stinging and Sensitivity may persist for longer. You should consider protecting your hands with sunscreen for 3 months.
There is a theoretical risk that hand vein reduction treatment may impede the ability of healthcare professionals to access your veins in the treated areas and this may delay treatment in an emergency situation.
After the first treatment session, most patients have very little discomfort, but some people find that their hands are very uncomfortable and for this reason, Dr Gajraj advises against driving. You may be able to drive after subsequent treatments.
The procedure involves local anaesthesia.
All procedures carry the risk of unsuccessful results, complications, injury or even death from both known and unforeseen consequences. If you should experience significant complications, it may require your care to be transferred to the National Health Service. Due to the prevalence of COVID-19 the VeinCare Centre has taken recommended steps to reduce the risk to both staff and patients, however there may be some residual risk remaining of contracting COVID-19 while at the clinic.