Does Vein Treatment Cause Discoloration?

If you have varicose or spider veins, chances are you’d like to get rid of them, and prevent them from ever coming back. Luckily, there are several vein treatments that can do away withthose unsightly veins and give you the smooth, clear skin you desire. However, there are times when patients complain of discoloration after treatment. So does vein treatment cause discoloration.

Vein Treatment
Sclerotherapy is the most popular treatment for varicose and spider veins. It involves the injection of a sclerosing agent into the damaged vein. The solution causes the walls of the blood vessel to collapse, and this closes off the vein. Blood is then re-routed to healthy veins. The treated vein will fade from view after several weeks.

Endovenous laser ablation is another common treatment for varicose veins. It is a minimally invasive procedure in which laser energy is used to burn and close the vein.

Does Vein Treatment Cause Discoloration?
Yes, discoloration may be one of the early side-effects of vein treatment. Other possible side-effects include skin ulceration, deep vein bleeding, and infection.

Skin discoloration can occur after vein treatment due to bruising in the treatment area. In addition, the vein may change color when it is being absorbed by the body, or as a result of areas of trapped blood that form as the vein closes down. The good news is that the discoloration is usually temporary, but it can take anywhere from 3-6 months for the color to resolve completely (read more related articles).

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