Vein Removal Risks and Side Effects

vein removal risks

Vein removal has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available today. There are many options in vein removal, allowing doctors to customize treatment to a patient's specific needs. However, no clinical treatment is without risk, and vein removal procedures are no exception. It is important to evaluate potential risks and side effects of vein removal before going ahead with treatment, to ensure you are comfortable with the procedure you choose.

Sclerotherapy Risks & Side Effects
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the varicose vein so that the vein collapses and becomes less visible. This procedure is done in a doctor's office without the need for sedation or anesthesia. Depending on the number of veins treated, a session of sclerotherapy can last anywhere from five minutes to one hour. The procedure is relatively painless, and most patients are back to their daily activities within a day or two.

There are some potential side effects of sclerotherapy, which include:

  • Larger veins may become hard or lumpy for a period of time before disappearing
  • Patient may experience redness around the injection sites
  • Some patients develop brown lines at the injection site, which are rarely permanent
  • Swelling or inflammation of the leg
  • Allergic reaction to the agent used for the injection, which are rarely serious

Like any non-invasive clinical treatment, sclerotherapy is a relatively safe procedure and side effects are rare. To reduce the risks associated with the procedure even further, choose a doctor who is experienced in sclerotherapy and follow all pre- and post-procedural guidelines carefully.

Laser Vein Treatment Side Effects & Risks
Lasers have become the new gold standard for many types of cosmetic procedures today, including vein removal. A laser vein treatment uses an intense beam of laser light, focused directly on the varicose vein, to damage the vein so that it eventually disappears completely. Laser treatments are also considered non-invasive procedures that can be done in a doctor's office with little discomfort or downtime.

Risks involved with laser vein removal are few, and may include: