I now have brown lines on me from the needle insertion. Why did this happen?

Sclerotherapy . 6 answers . 3 years ago

After having scerotherapy, I now have brown lines on me from the needle insertion. Why did this happen?

The brown lines are the length of a needleI quit with the procedure, I don't know what is causing this?

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3 years ago by Nu Vela Esthetica (View Profile)

Pigmentation after sclerotherapy is the most common side effect after a
treatment. You should have been informed of that possibility before the
treatment. The extent, severity and duration of such pigmentation may
depend, however,on your skin complexion, your prior history of pigmentation
after injury or scarring, the caliber of the veins, the density of the veins
in any area, and often the type and strength of the solution used, Most
pimentation eventually disappears, but sometimes may last more than a year

3 years ago by Nu Vela Esthetica (View Profile)

Pigmentation after sclerotherapy is the most common side effect after a
treatment. You should have been informed of that possibility before the
treatment. The extent, severity and duration of such pigmentation may
depend, however,on your skin complexion, your prior history of pigmentation
after injury or scarring, the caliber of the veins, the density of the veins
in any area, and often the type and strength of the solution used, Most
pimentation eventually disappears, but sometimes may last more than a year


3 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

Those lines are not from needle insertion but from the old blood in the veins as they are reabsorbed.
This is called "staining" and generally resolves quickly but on some cases may take months or even a year to fully resolve.
It generally always disappears with time slowly fading away. There isn't much you can do to hasten the process just time. Also, it's generally nothing to get alarmed about.
Michael Ingegno MD

3 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

Those lines are not from needle insertion but from the old blood in the veins as they are reabsorbed.
This is called "staining" and generally resolves quickly but on some cases may take months or even a year to fully resolve.
It generally always disappears with time slowly fading away. There isn't much you can do to hasten the process just time. Also, it's generally nothing to get alarmed about.
Michael Ingegno MD


3 years ago by Center for Venous Disease - Santa Fe (View Profile)

Where did you have it done? What solution did they use?
James A. Heinz-M.A.H.A.

3 years ago by Center for Venous Disease - Santa Fe (View Profile)

Where did you have it done? What solution did they use?
James A. Heinz-M.A.H.A.


3 years ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis (View Profile)

Response to sclerotherapy varies.
There can be multiple reasons for your brown lines.
1. How long since your treatment? Often time will take care of these things.
2. Some people already have a little transfer of iron from thin vein wall to the thin skin overlying the veins. Almost like a tattoo. Some fading is expected. IPL (Intense pulsed light treatments) can also be beneficial.
3. If the Sclerotherapist injected solution outside the vein, this can leave a brown mark. These marks would be more like blotches than lines. However, with thin lines you describe, it sounds more like #2.
4. What skin type you have, how much pigment you have, ethnic background, sun exposure soon after the injections and medication such as minocycline take while having sclerotherapy: all of these things increase the risk of pigmentation.
Above all, be patient. Time will often take care of this. If not, try IPL treatments.
Norman N. Bein MD FACS RVT

3 years ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis (View Profile)

Response to sclerotherapy varies.
There can be multiple reasons for your brown lines.
1. How long since your treatment? Often time will take care of these things.
2. Some people already have a little transfer of iron from thin vein wall to the thin skin overlying the veins. Almost like a tattoo. Some fading is expected. IPL (Intense pulsed light treatments) can also be beneficial.
3. If the Sclerotherapist injected solution outside the vein, this can leave a brown mark. These marks would be more like blotches than lines. However, with thin lines you describe, it sounds more like #2.
4. What skin type you have, how much pigment you have, ethnic background, sun exposure soon after the injections and medication such as minocycline take while having sclerotherapy: all of these things increase the risk of pigmentation.
Above all, be patient. Time will often take care of this. If not, try IPL treatments.
Norman N. Bein MD FACS RVT


3 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

What you are describing is called staining. This is a result of blood products(called hemosiderin) being deposited in the tissues. This is a potential complication of sclerotherapy and can be due to many things including the type of sclerosing solution used, the concentration of the sclerosing solution, leakage of the solution out of the vein and even can be related to medications that you are taking. Many times this staining will improve spontaneously over about one year. After that, it probably will not get any better. It would be prudent to see your vein care specialist for reevaluation. Sometimes persistent veins or leaking valves may contribute to this. Also certain kinds of laser may help.

3 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

What you are describing is called staining. This is a result of blood products(called hemosiderin) being deposited in the tissues. This is a potential complication of sclerotherapy and can be due to many things including the type of sclerosing solution used, the concentration of the sclerosing solution, leakage of the solution out of the vein and even can be related to medications that you are taking. Many times this staining will improve spontaneously over about one year. After that, it probably will not get any better. It would be prudent to see your vein care specialist for reevaluation. Sometimes persistent veins or leaking valves may contribute to this. Also certain kinds of laser may help.


3 years ago by Bailey Vein Institute (View Profile)

This is called hyperpigmentation and will resolve with time. It may take 2 months or 12 months. Sun exposure early after treatment can increase the chance of this problem.
We make a point to inform all patients that their spider veins will look worse before they look better. The problem does not occur because of needle insertion. Also different skin types are more prone to hyperpigmenation.
Sincerely,
Colin E. Bailey MD FACS

3 years ago by Bailey Vein Institute (View Profile)

This is called hyperpigmentation and will resolve with time. It may take 2 months or 12 months. Sun exposure early after treatment can increase the chance of this problem.
We make a point to inform all patients that their spider veins will look worse before they look better. The problem does not occur because of needle insertion. Also different skin types are more prone to hyperpigmenation.
Sincerely,
Colin E. Bailey MD FACS


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