After Sclerotherapy there is usually some redness and swelling along the course of the treated veins. This may persist for some days to weeks, depending upon the size of the treated veins. Bruising and minor discomfort can occasionally occur.
You will usually need to wear support stockings for 5 – 7 days after your treatment. For this reason, many people find it more comfortable to have sclerotherapy in the cooler months. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for one week after treatment, although daily walking is encouraged. You cannot fly or drive long distances for 10 days after treatment.
Sclerotherapy results in a gradual improvement in the appearance of visible vessels over a period of 6 weeks after treatment. 2 – 4 treatments may be required to get the best results, but you will usually see an improvement after the first treatment. Not all people respond to sclerotherapy though, and non-response or recurrence occurs in a proportion of cases. In some cases other types of treatment may be recommended by our staff – in particular if major varicose veins are present. In this case, surgery or endovenous laser treatment may be best.