Sclerotherapy is a common procedure that treats varicose and spider veins in the legs. The 15 to 30-minute procedure helps relieve aching, burning, and swelling caused by the varicose and spider veins. David D. Shin, MD, RVT, RPVI, FACS, and the dedicated team of medical professionals at Houston Vein Specialists in Houston, Texas, offer the following tips to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.
Dr. Shin and his team provide detailed post-procedure instructions specifically tailored to your situation. Following the instructions, which may include wearing compression stockings and avoiding strenuous activities, helps minimize potential complications.
Swelling and discomfort is common during the first few days following sclerotherapy. Keeping your legs elevated above heart level for 15-20 minutes, several times per day, can reduce swelling and help promote blood flow back to your heart.
While we advise against engaging in strenuous activities immediately after sclerotherapy, light exercises such as walking are highly beneficial. Gentle movements aid in improving circulation, preventing blood clots, and reducing the risk of complications. However, be sure to consult with our medical team before resuming any exercise routine.
Protecting your legs from prolonged sun exposure is critical. The UV rays from the sun can negatively impact the treated veins and the surrounding skin. If you plan to spend time outdoors, consider wearing sunscreen with a high SPF and covering your legs with loose-fitting clothing.
Maintaining a balanced diet is essential for your health at all times, but it is even more important during sclerotherapy recovery. Focus on consuming foods rich in vitamins C and E and antioxidants to promote tissue repair and reduce inflammation.
Your skin might feel dry and sensitive after sclerotherapy. Apply a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer regularly to hydrate your legs and prevent itching or irritation, but avoid applying moisturizer directly to injection sites until they are fully healed.
While you may notice some improvement immediately after the procedure, it's important to remember that complete sclerotherapy results may take several weeks. Be patient and allow your body ample time to heal.
Our expert vein care team at Houston Vein Specialists is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of care and support throughout your sclerotherapy journey. Following these top tips can ensure a smoother and more successful recovery. If you ever feel uncertain about your recovery or notice any unusual symptoms, please do not hesitate to call our office.
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