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How long does it take for the hard spots and bruising to go away after sclerotherapy for spider veins?
I was told there would be minimal bruising and it would go away in six to eight weeks. Is this true and could you have scars afterwards?
6-8 weeks but sometimes longer if they're larger clotted veins.
Michael Ingegno MD
With an experienced Sclerotherapist you should not have issues with scarring after sclerotherapy. Also, bruising should be minimal if any. Use of Arnica Montana cream 2-3 times a day helps speed up resolution.
Occasionally, if "feeder veins" are treated, you may develop tender "bumps" which are small areas trapped blood. These are localized and do not move.
You should contact your doctor to remove these with a small needle. It allows for faster healing and less chance of residual brown marks. It isn't urgent and if you are close to a follow-up treatment, you can wait until then. There shouldn't be a charge for this.
Norman N. Bein MD FACS RVT
Very unlikely to have long-term scars. The 6-8 weeks period is reasonable for most patients, but do not hold your breath, could be longer. It depends on the size of the treated veins and on the individual response of the body. Some individuals heal very fast others slower.
I usually allow 3 weeks and if there are still areas of hardness or trapped blood then I evacuate them. Bruising alone usually resolves within 2 weeks. The chance of scarring after sclerotherapy is very low.
You should see the doctor who did the injections and see if they can drain these. You may have staining afterwards that does tend to fade over time.