What can I expect after sclerotherapy in terms of recovery and downtime? Will I need to take time off of work?
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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.
With both methods, we advise our patients to avoid wearing lotions the day of the procedure—and to avoid vigorous exercise; hot baths, hot tubs, and saunas; as well as exposure to sunlight for at least one to two days after treatment. Taking off from work won't be necessary.
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Having said this, the treated areas will look slightly worse before they look better, due to the injection sites and minimal bruising. We advise the use of compression tape or support hose for 48-72 hours after treatment, to avoid hot baths and saunas and to resume light exercise and walking .
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Is there downtime following sclerotherapy? Buffalo Niagara, NY
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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