Patients are able to return home immediately after the procedure and resume their normal activities; it is important to keep the legs mobile to avoid blood clots from forming. However, patients should avoid strenuous exercise for at least two weeks after sclerotherapy. It is not uncommon for vascular surgeons to recommend the use of compression stockings for the first two weeks after the procedure to keep the pressure on the treated veins.
Studies have proven the effectiveness of sclerotherapy in attaining a 60-80% success rate for eliminating spider veins. Less than one in ten patients have no improvement at all, and in that case, other chemical solutions can be employed.
Spider and varicose veins take time to dissolve. Patients may start seeing an immediate difference just three to four days after treatment but may not see the complete effects until a month or two after each sclerotherapy session.
For 48 hours after sclerotherapy treatment, patients should avoid taking hot baths or saunas, from using hot compresses, or soaking in a jacuzzi. Patients can shower risk-free using tepid water and can wash the injection site with mild soap and water. Direct sunlight exposure to the injection sites is to be avoided as well for at least the first two days after treatment. When the swelling around the injection sites comes into contact with the sun, it can cause dark spots on the skin.
If you have any questions about sclerotherapy, please feel free to call us at (904) 572-3074 or (888) VEINS27.