After sclerotherapy, patients are required to wear prescription-strength compression stockings for several days. Usually, patients can stop wearing the stockings during the day after 48 hours. The stockings should still be worn at night. This is the standard recovery procedure after treatments for both spider veins and varicose veins.
There is no need for compression stockings after laser therapy and you can resume your daily activities immediately. Depending on your treatment plan, a follow-up laser therapy session should be scheduled. Most laser therapy plans allow for 4-6 weeks between appointments.
Common side effects of sclerotherapy are minor, and usually fade within a few days. Patients may experience some itching or bruising around the treatment site. Another side effect may be raised red areas where the veins were injected, and should disappear in a matter of days. If this happens, ibuprofen or another pain reliever can be taken to reduce inflammation.
Rarer side effects include a hardening or lumping of the treated veins. Local skin discoloration and smaller veins growing around the treatment site are also less common side effects.
If you notice these symptoms, do not be alarmed, they are natural physical reactions and will fade in time. While they are harmless, these side effects can take a while to heal. Therefore, if you notice these side effects, you can expect them to fade within a few months. Consult with your doctor if you have any questions about the side effects of spider vein treatments.
Learn more about why most patients prefer the benefits of having sclerotherapy treatments in winter months from Dr. Keyser in the video below.