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I have done my first sclerotherapy treatment two weeks ago. I have healed from most bruising but I feel that the veins are now darker and more visible. Is that normal? I had to be in the sun recently, but used a lot of sunscreen and covered my legs with a long skirt.
The larger veins can "bronze" after treatment, this occurs when the trapped blood stains the skin with iron products. It goes away with time. This may be what is happening. Sometimes the trapped blood can be expressed through small needle pokes which decreases the bronzing. If the dark look is in the smaller spider veins, you may just need more healing time. It takes usuallly 30 days for the body to reabsorb small amounts of blood after the injections. Have your legs checked by the physician's office who performed your treatment.
Veins can appear darker after treatment. That is why we wait at least one month between treatments to allow fading to occur. Sometimes this may be due to trapped blood and removing it will improve the appearance quicker.
You may have some superficial thrombosis that needs to be drained. This happens commonly after sclerotherapy.
Of course you should reconsult your physician and be examined, but the veins are always inflamed, appearing in the first week or two after sclerotherapy and often look worse before they improve. That is not unusual. Do see the treating doctor to be sure nothing else is amiss.
You probably have some blood trapped in the treated veins. This will almost always slowly disappear.
It sounds like you are having a completely normal response for two weeks post sclerotherapy treatment. It can take 6-8 weeks and sometimes even longer for the spider veins and dark spots to fade following treatment. Keep in mind, the spider veins treated will not all fade following a single treatment. Three to six treatments are needed in order to obtain the best results. Staying out of the sun is extremely important until all darkening in the treated areas has resolved. Otherwise, darkened areas may last even longer.
Yes, they always turn darker before they begin to fade post treatment. You should hope to see results 4-6 weeks post treatment, sometimes longer.
It is normal for successfully treated veins to temporarily appear darker than before treatment. Larger veins get darker and take longer to fade. If a vein briefly blanches (disappears) after rubbing over it with your
finger, it did not respond and needs further treatment; if a vein persists with this maneuver, it is done and will fade in time.
Yes, it is! Many of the veins that now look 'worse' will begin to fade over the next 1-2 months.You are watching the early stages of Sclerotherapy - and its often not pretty in the beginning!
This is normal and will be fade.
More pigmentation is common for a few months after injection. See your MD for questions about post-treatment issues.
Without seeing your legs it is difficult to answer your question. That being said, however, it may be that you have trapped blood in your vessels. If so, you should go back to your doctor, as it may be possible to remove the trapped blood. Even if it can no longer be removed, the body will still eventually clear the vein, but it will take a while.
In our practice we spend a lot of time with our patients so they will know what to expect at each treatment. We explain that an average area of veins can take 3-5 treatments, that veins can look worse before they begin to look better, and that there may not be too much clearing after the first or even second treatment. This is variable. Yes, they can look darker. Kudos to you for using strong sun protection. Whenever your skin integrity has been compromised (by injection/laser) you increase the chance of hyper-pigmentation in those areas if exposed to the sun. If you are having the follow-up treatment, continue to do so. We also recommend a follow up treatment at around 4 weeks to ensure all the veins (especially the deeper feeder veins) are sealed. If not, we re-inject. At this stage, we see patients in 6-8 weeks or in the fall when it cools down.
Yes, it may happen. As the veins close, they trap some blood inside and may look darker. As long as they do not blanch on compression, they are closed.
It usually takes 4-5 weeks to see the full effect of sclerotherapy.
With the information in your question, it is very difficult to give you an exact answer to your inquiry. You may have trapped blood or may need more treatment. Without pertinent patient history and evaluating your legs in person, we are not able to say what is normal or not. Please follow up with your physician.
Typically, the veins will get darker before disappearing. You may not see your full results for up to a month or so.
Depending on skin tone, the veins can appear darker after treatment. This may fade with time. Its best to have the physician who did the sclerotherapy examine the result, and advise on whether to proceed with further treatment.
This can be very normal as sometimes blood can get caught in the treated veins and they will appear darker for a while. I would recommend that you see the physician that injected your veins for evaluation, as it may
be worth removing the trapped blood from the veins to avoid staining the skin.
It is very common for the veins to be darker and more noticeable for the first 4-6 weeks after sclerotherapy.