Sclerotherapy Recovery

What can I expect after sclerotherapy in terms of recovery and downtime? Will I need to take time off of work?

Doctor Answers 11

Remain Active after Sclerotherapy

There is no downtown time after sclerotherapy treatments. In fact, I strongly encourage my sclerotherapy patients to walk and remain active after their sclerotherapy treatment.

San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Is there downtime following sclerotherapy? Buffalo Niagara, NY

There is no downtime following medical or cosmetic sclerotherapy. 

Medical sclerotherapy is mostly done under ultrasound guidance. Cosmetic sclerotherapy usually does not need ultrasound guidance. 

I encourage patients to resume all activities immediately. No sun exposure for 3 months and I adhere to this because I practice in the NorthEast. No saunas or hot tubs for a week. 

I encourage all physical activities such as treadmill, walking, running, elliptical and all calf exercises. 

No downtime.

There should be no downtime following sclerotherapy. I encourage patients to return to full activities as soon as possible including exercise. I have only a few requirements and restrictions-no sitting in a hot tub or hot bath for 48 hours post treatment. Wear compression stockings for 48 hours after treatment and avoid getting sun burn over the treated areas for at least 2 weeks.

John Landi, MD
Naples General Surgeon
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Sclerotherapy of small spider and reticular leg veins usually does not create any major down time. I have patients refrain from running,high impact aerobics and weight lifting for 3 days after each treatment, but walking, with support hose, is encouraged.

Gail Nield, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist
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Sclerotherapy Recovery

There is no need to take time off of work with Sclerotherapy.  The main thing I recommend to my patients is to incorporate lots of walking post procedure in order to get the best results from of your treatment.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Sclerotherapy recovery

We encourage pts to wear compression stockings during the first 24 hrs after treatment and then for 8 hours during waking hours over the next 5 days.  It is not necessary to take time off from work.

Sam Naficy, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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There really is no healing/recovery time

You can go right back to work and everything you have been doing.  There is no healing necessary.  good luck!

Brian Dubow, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon

Sclerotherapy recovery

Recovery from "SCLEROTHERAPY" is dependent on exactly what you mean. If to go to work with support hose than a day or 2. If you mean appearance than it could be as short as a week to a month for full appearance recovery.

From MIAMI Dr. B

Sclerotherapy recovery is minimal

There are a lot of ways to manage post-sclerotherapy patients.  I just use compression bandages for about 8 hours.  You should not have a lot of discomfort after the procedure.

Sclerotherapy convalescence

Most people go back to work in support hose, compression garments (not department store brand) for which you should be measured, after spider veins are injected. If however, you are having larger veins done, then the physician will tell you your restrictions.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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