What are the risks of sclerotherapy?

These are as follows: Bruises No improvement. A small number of patients find no improvement occurs. Skin discolouration – brown discoloration which usually disappears over time, but in 5% can persist for years. Laser may improve this. Blisters due to small amounts of solution seeping into the tissues – heal quickly. Lumps within the vessels […]

What are the risks of laser?

These are as follows: Skin discolouration. This is where the skin may become lighter or darker in colour along the line of the treated veins. This is generally temporary. No improvement. A small number of patients find no improvement occurs. Scarring. This is not common. New vein formation. This is where tiny new veins form […]

What causes blood vessels to become visible?

The cause is not known, except that in many cases they run in families. More women than men seem to develop this condition perhaps as a result of pregnancy or because of hormones. Trauma to the leg in the form of blows or falls may contribute and long periods of standing or sitting may also […]

Sclerotherapy and DVT

If there is a family history of DVT (deep vein thrombosis), blood tests may be ordered to exclude a familial blood clotting disorder prior to treatment (over 5% of the population have some inherited or acquired blood clotting disorder). Sometimes there is significant backflow from the deep to the superficial leg veins. This occurs from […]