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Sclerotherapy post care instructions and FAQs

Sclerotherapy is an in-office treatment for spider veins, the thin red or purple veins on the skin’s surface. It can also be used to treat some small varicose veins, the swollen veins that are often visible under the skin. A provider injects a sclerosing solution directly into the vein, which irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to scar and collapse. This forces the blood to re-route through healthier veins, while the damaged vein fades away over the next two to six months.

What happens right after my treatment?

Immediately after the procedure, you may be required to put on support hose
and walk for 10-30 minutes. Be sure to have loose-fitting slacks/skirt and
comfortable walking shoes with you.

How long will I be bandaged?

Taped compression pads/cotton balls are gently removed twenty-four to forty-
eight hours after sclerotherapy procedure. (your provider will discuss the exacttime with you).
If you remove the tape prior to twenty-four hours, try to wear support hose (you
may cut feet out of stockings if sclerotherapy was not performed at ankles).

Are there any limitations to activity after treatment?

No, in fact, we want you to maintain normal activity. You are encouraged to walk as much as possible and avoid standing in a single position for prolonged periods of time.
Avoid strenuous physical activities such as high-impact aerobics, running, weight
lifting, for the first 48-72 hours following your treatment.

Avoid hot baths for 2 weeks. Cool your legs with cold water after each shower.
Avoid sunbathing and Untraviolet Exposure for at least 1 week.
Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools for 48 hours following your treatment. Avoid blood-thinning medication, such as Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-
inflammatory drugs, (e.g., Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Anaprox, Vioxx, etc. for 24-48 hours following your treatment.
It is advised to avoid flying for 48 hours after treatment of Reticular Veins.
Should you experience any redness, or a small lump use warm compresses
several times a day. If you experience any open areas you may use Polysporin
Ointment (NOT Neosporin) on the affected area.

The Basics

Avoid hot baths for 2 weeks. Rinse legs with cool water after showers. Avoid heat, tanning, saunas and exercise for 48-72 hours. Avoid blood thinning medication for 24-48 hours after treatment.