There is not a perfect treatment for blue veins, thread veins and spider veins that can guarantee to remove every single vein and give you blemish-free legs. Despite successful treatment of the veins that you have now, it is still possible that you may develop more veins as the years pass, though these recurrent veins tend to be minor and much less noticeable.
After treatment by injection, the veins may look worse before they look better. They may become lumpy and tender as part of the healing process, and this is helped by rubbing the area with an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen gel.
About 10% of people develop a brown mark on the skin overlying the vein after sclerotherapy. This discolouration mostly fades by 6 months but may take 2 to 3 years to disappear completely. Serious side effects after sclerotherapy are extremely rare indeed.
After 3 treatments, the majority of people (approximately 90%) are pleased or very pleased with the results. Approximately 5% are disappointed because they do not achieve the degree of fading desired.
Migraine sufferers may react to the injections with a migraine so we recommend you bring your usual migraine medication with you. If you do not get a migraine after the first treatment, you are unlikely to suffer one at subsequent appointments.
Many people ask about flying after their vein treatment often because they are concerned about deep vein thrombosis. Fortunately, complications after Microsclerotherapy are very rare. However, long-haul flights are a known risk factor and it is a wise precaution to avoid taking a long flight for a month afterwards, although there is no strong evidence in the medical literature to back up this recommendation.
It will also be easier for The VeinCare Centre to offer support if required if you remain closer to home in the first few weeks after treatment.
Dr Gajraj does not advise the routine wearing of medical compression after Microsclerotherapy. However, medical compression does have a number of positive benefits for people who have a wide range of leg vein conditions. The wearing of compression hosiery in the longer term is down to the individual. Each person is different and some people find wearing compression very difficult to tolerate. However, if your legs feel more comfortable in compression hosiery, you may wish to wear compression long term. Visit https://www.daylong.co.uk/
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What To Do If You Are Worried
Tenderness and lumpy areas along the course of the treated vein are quite normal. You may also experience tingling, stinging or irritation along the course of the veins treated for about a week. Continue to rub in Ibuprofen gel to the areas causing you concern.
Serious complications are very rare indeed. However, if any areas become hot or red, generally swollen (particularly in the calf) or if you develop a fever and feel unwell, please make contact with The VeinCare Centre as soon as possible.
If you develop chest pains or shortness of breath, call 999 or go straight to your local hospital.
Members of The VeinCare Centre team may not be available out of normal office hours, however we will always do our best to help you if at all possible. If you have concerns and we cannot be contacted, please use the NHS Out of Hours service.
Our contact number is 01935 873951