What Should I Expect After Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is performed in the office without the use of general anesthesia. There is essentially no down time associated with the procedure. You will be able to drive yourself to and from the appointment and should be able to return to your day-to-day activities right away.
After sclerotherapy, you will be advised to wear compression garments (socks or stockings) for the first 24 hours. You should wear them at all times, only removing them to shower. After the first 24 hours, you can remove them at night while sleeping. This will usually last for three (3) to five (5) weeks.
To manage your pain, you can use acetaminophen-based medicine like Tylenol. Stay away from anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen. They can affect your blood’s ability to clot.
Keep your legs covered and avoid sunlight. If you must be in the sun, use sunscreen. This will help protect you from discoloration in the treated area. Stay away from overly hot areas such as saunas and steam rooms and standing water like hot baths, hot tubs and the beach. These limitations will be lifted after a few days.
Staying active is an important step to reduce the risk of blood clots but don’t over do it right away. Avoid strenuous aerobic exercises for the first few days. Instead of running or lifting weights you might try walking. If you had a lot of veins treated, you might want to avoid any airplane travel for several days as well.
The side effects will vanish in a few short days. There may be some brown discoloration near the treatment area. They can appear as dots or lines. They typically go away after three (3) or four (4) weeks. In some rare cases, this discoloration can last long and may even become permanent.
There is a small chance that some serious side effects can occur. These include:
- the formation of a blood clot in the injected veins,
- a hardening of the skin around the injection site,
- a mild inflammation and discomfort around the injection site and
- an unexpected allergic reaction to the sclerosing agent.
Make sure to stay in touch with our office after your sclerotherapy treatment. We will schedule a follow-up visit within the first 24 to 48 hours to check on your progress and manage any potential side effects.
Our professionals are specially trained to help you decide if you’re a good candidate for sclerotherapy.