What should I expect after getting Sclerotherapy treatment on my veins?

Dr. Warren has been in private practice doing phlebology since 1999. Phlebology is the branch of medicine that deals with the care of vein disease. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology and is located in Palm Desert between El Paseo and Deep Canyon on the south side of Highway 111. She has performed thousands of minimally invasive vein procedures and has been a trainer of other physicians in all aspects of these procedures.

Often veins look worse after a sclerotherapy treatment. Sometimes the day following the injections and up to two to fourteen days or longer, veins appear mosquito bitten and bruised. They may itch and have some initial tenderness with signs of inflammation. This inflammation is what occludes and actually causes the disappearance of these veins. Larger veins can feel like a cord under the skin. This cord can be tender and knots can be felt. Often the vein can feel tight along its course. These are all expected signs and symptoms and can be managed by using compression stockings, ice, Tylenol and walking. Generally, there is no down time after sclerotherapy and often can be done over your lunch hour. You will be wearing compression therapy for 2 – 3 hours so you may want to wear long pants or a skirt to cover the bandages. After your first treatment, you may notice that many of the veins haven’t disappeared. This is normal and does not mean you are not responding to the therapy.