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What to avoid after sclerotherapy?

What to avoid after sclerotherapy?

Are you about to undergo sclerotherapy treatment in Houston? It is always a good idea to be fully informed about what to expect following treatment. While the popular treatment method for vein disorders like spider and varicose veins is a relatively quick and simple one, there are important post-treatment instructions to follow that will help ensure a successful recovery period following the procedure.

During a sclerotherapy procedure, a vein doctor will inject a specially-formulated solution into the vein causing it to seal shut and eventually fade away. Sclerotherapy has become a preferred treatment option with vein doctors and patients due to a basket of benefits on offer:

  1. Approximate treatment sessions are 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Minimally invasive.
  3. Minimal discomfort.
  4. Cost-effective when compared to surgical treatment intervention.
  5. High rate of effectiveness in reducing the appearance of the vein complaint and symptoms such as discomfort.

What to do after sclerotherapy treatment for best results

Your vein doctor will advise of any risks linked to sclerotherapy before treatment. Severe adverse reactions are usually rare with this treatment method, however, as with any medical procedure, it is essential that you take good care of yourself after a sclerotherapy treatment session.

It is common for most people to resume their normal routine on the same day they have sclerotherapy.

Post-sclerotherapy recovery guidelines include:

Physical movement

While strenuous activity is discouraged, walking is encouraged. Walking around is important to help prevent blood clots from forming in the veins.

Wear compression socks

Your vein doctor will recommend you wear compression stockings (support stockings) following treatment to maintain compression on the veins that received treatment.

Follow up appointments:

As with any procedure, scheduled follow up is important to assess progress, address concerns, and determine whether further treatment is necessary.

Keeping these appointments is advised especially if you want to benefit from optimal results.

Your vein specialist may have additional post-treatment instructions for you such as what medications to avoid, what is safe to take, and to avoid very hot showers or baths for about a week following treatment.

Your doctor should discuss potential risks, complications, and side effects.  While it is rare to have serious complications from sclerotherapy, be aware of what to look out for and make sure to contact your vein doctor as soon as you experience any thing discussed. Sudden swelling, stinging, pain, muscle cramps, red streaking or the formation of small ulcers around the treatment area are some of the side effects of sclerotherapy that may develop.

Treating small veins with sclerotherapy usually achieves faster results than it does for larger veins. Veins that respond to sclerotherapy treatment generally do not reappear. However, it is not uncommon for new veins to appear later on.

Why choose Texas Vein & Cosmetic Specialists

Are you tired of aching legs or of being embarrassed by unsightly varicose veins? Opting for sclerotherapy is a quick, safe, and effective treatment to reduce vein complaint symptoms.

Suitability for sclerotherapy is decided on an individual basis once a qualified vein doctor has assessed your overall health and considered your medical history. For a professional consultation and thorough assessment with a certified vascular surgeon, contact Texas Vein & Cosmetic Specialists today to schedule your appointment.

Dr. Michael Bardwil
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