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Doctors often use a combination of sclerotherapy and lasers: sclerotherapy for the major part of the treatment and a laser to get rid of the tip of the vein. Laser techniques for removing spider veins are expected to improve greatly during the next decade.

While most side effects of sclerotherapy are not serious, you could experience a number of physical reactions during and following the treatment, including:

  • stinging, burning or muscle cramps during injection
  • skin discoloration
  • new vessel growth at the site of injection
  • raised, hive-like bumps or tiny sores in the treatment area
  • bruising
  • allergic reaction to injection solution
  • blood clots, in rare instances

Wearing an Ace bandage for a few days after treatment and support hose for a few weeks can help minimize some of the side effects.

The potential side effects of laser treatment are more substantial and include:

  • burning
  • scarring
  • skin discoloration

Don't just jump into spider-vein treatment: Find a doctor who is board-certified in dermatology or cosmetic or vascular surgery and experienced in the procedures. If you have a personal or family history of clotting or bleeding disorders or large varicose veins, you may need to undergo additional evaluation. And be sure to talk with your doctor about your expectations, because treatment results will vary depending on your age and the size of the spider veins.

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