What are the Risks for Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy, like any other medical procedure, can have some complications that may arise. But serious medical complications from the psrocedure are very rare when the procedure is performed by a qualified medical practitioner. If ever, they may occur. Risks include severe inflammation, the formation of blood clots in the veins, adverse allergic reactions to the sclerosing solution and skin injury that could leave a small but permanent blemish.

Another cosmetic complication you can commonly see is pigmentation irregularity. These are brownish splotches on the affected skin that may take months to fade, sometimes up to a year. Another problem that can occur is “telangiectatic matting,” in which fine reddish blood vessels appear around the treated area. This requires for further injections.

Sclerotherapy risk factors pose a greater risk in patients with a history of some health conditions. Sclerotherapy risk factors are increased for patients who are pregnant or nursing, and experts advise these women not to seek sclerotherapy. People with a history of blood borne conditions including hepatitis or the Acquired Immunodefficiency Syndrome or AIDS are also at risk to elevated sclerotherapy risk factors, and therefore may also not be good candidates for this procedure. Patients who have circulation problems, heart conditions, or with elevated or uncontrolled blood sugar as those who have diabetes may also face increased sclerotherapy risk factors, and may not be good candidates for this type of procedure.
Nonetheless, upon knowing this, there is always something that you can do. Preventions is always worth a pound of cure. You can lessen the risks associated with treatment by choosing a medical practitioner who has good and adequate training in sclerotherapy and is truly an expert in the different types of sclerosing agents there is. A qualified dermatologist can help identify what type of sclerosing solution is most appropriate for your needs.

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