There are no serious effects with the procedure, however, temporary side effects may occur.
Bruising and Swelling:
Local swelling and bruising may occur at the site of needle penetration and along the vessel. Swelling resolves within 24 hours, bruising fades slowly within several weeks.
Tenderness may occur at the injection site and along the vessel, and persist for one to two weeks.
Urticaria and itching:
Immediately following injection, a hive-like reaction with itching may develop at the site, usually subsiding within 30 minutes.
A small ulcer may develop at the injection site which will crust and heal in one to two weeks.
Spider veins often rupture during the treatment process leaving linear brown streaks or small brown spots which clear within six months.
Following injection of the ankle, cramping may occur. Moving the toes and massage will alleviate the discomfort.
A network of very small veins may develop near the injection site during the course of treatment and will clear spontaneously or after repeated treatment.
- Walk for 30 minutes immediately following the injections.
- If possible, do not drive home yourself. If you have to drive, do not keep the legs and feet still.
- Maintain normal daytime activities.
- Walk at least an hour a day- the longer the better.
- No hot baths for two weeks.
- Avoid standing still. If you must stay in one place, move feet and toes frequently.
- If the legs become painful after the injection, walk.
- Do not remove the bandages (stockings) for 24 hours.
- Avoid strenuous, physical activity (aerobics) for the first 48-72 hours.