Sclerotherapy is a fast and efficient medical procedure used to eliminate unsightly spider veins and smaller varicose veins, known as reticular veins. During the procedure, a sclerotherapy specialist injects a sclerosing agent into the vein, causing it to collapse and become virtually unnoticeable over time. Depending on the number and severity of your vein issues, it may take multiple appointments to eliminate all affected veins.
The good news is you can return to your regular daily activities, minus heavy lifting and strenuous activities, as soon as the procedure is complete. However, it’s important to know what to expect about the entire sclerotherapy recovery process.
Sclerotherapy recovery process
Sclerotherapy recovery will probably include medical-grade compression stockings at first. These will help keep pressure on the veins, so the veins remain compressed. It’s also important to keep in mind that everyone’s sclerotherapy recovery process is different. Here are a few things you can do at home to feel better as quickly as possible:
- Walk every day
Boost blood flow with daily walks. Try to walk a bit more each day to keep your blood moving and help support your recovery process. Walking can also lower your risk of developing blood clots. Avoid strenuous activities until your vein care specialist gives you the okay.
- Avoid water
Don’t swim, take a bath, or shower for 24-48 hours following the procedure. Exposure to hot water can cause the treated vein to dilate or widen, which can undo the procedure.
- Understand the next steps for medications
Make sure you understand exactly what your vein care specialist wants you to do about new and existing medications.
- Keep your legs covered
Avoid exposing your legs to sunlight following the procedure. The sun can cause hyperpigmentation (skin darkening) in treated areas, so be sure to wear protective clothing and a broad-spectrum sunblock (SPF 15 or higher). Depending on your specific treatment, your sclerotherapist will advise you on how long to continue this practice.
If you have questions about the Virginia Vein Care sclerotherapy procedure, find a location near you and schedule an initial consultation. Our specialists will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to help you understand what to expect before, during, and after the procedure based on your unique needs and medical history.