Sclerotherapy (cont.)

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What are risks, side effects, and complications of sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy risks, side effects, and complications include hyperpigmentation, temporary swelling, capillary dilation (telangiectatic matting), pain from the injection, localized hives, tape compression blister, tape compression folliculitis, and recurrence, vasovagal reflex, localized hair growth (hirsutism), skin death (cutaneous necrosis), allergic reaction, superficial thrombophlebitis, arterial injection, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, nerve damage, and migraine headaches.

Does insurance cover the cost of sclerotherapy?

Although insurance companies differ in their coverage and preapproval is always helpful, the treatment of venous insufficiency is usually covered. The treatment of cosmetic problems including spider veins is rarely covered.

REFERENCE:

Goldman, Mitchel P. "My Sclerotherapy Technique for Telangiectasia and Reticular Veins." Dermatol Surg 36 (2010): 1040-1045.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/28/2013