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T​ips For Successful Sclerotherapy Treatment

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By Anthony Alfieri, DO, FACC  



If you are seeking treatment for vein conditions like spider and varicose veins, you are probably thinking it will all be fixed in just one visit. Alas, that is just not the case. Veins do not disappear overnight. They need a lot of TLC. The reality is, you may need more than one treatment to get the best results.

Feeling self-conscious about your spider veins? Then Sclerotherapy treatment is the answer for you. It’s a quick, non-surgical treatment to reduce the appearance of spider and some varicose veins.

If it’s your first time, here’s what to expect before and after your treatment.

What To Do Before Sclerotherapy Treatment

Here are some things that you should avoid to ensure you don’t have any issues during sclerotherapy treatment.

  • Pause intake of Vitamin E or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like Advil or aspirin for at least 1 week before treatment.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.
  • Do not apply any lotion to your legs before treatment.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol or nicotine.
  • What To Do After Sclerotherapy Treatment
  • The recovery from sclerotherapy has little downtime and the following instructions will ensure a smooth recovery.
  • Avoid sports or exercise for at least 10 days after your treatment.
  • Wear compression stockings for 5 days or as advised by your doctor.
  • Avoid warm baths, sunbathing, hot tubs, and saunas for at least 2-3 days after your treatment as heat causes blood vessels to dilate.
  • Schedule a follow-up treatment in 4-6 weeks after your procedure. You probably won’t see the decrease of all your spider veins in one session. Most people need 2-3 sessions or more to achieve their desired results.

Vein-Free Legs: Guaranteed

It’s very important to follow all post-treatment instructions so you can lower your risk of developing any side effects from the treatment. While these are rare, they can include mild cramping, scarring, and even temporary browning of the skin.

For the safest and most satisfactory results, you should always follow your vein specialists’ pre and post-treatment instructions. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your vein doctor.

At Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients.

Give us a call at 302-731-0001 to take the first step to healthy looking legs and veins.


Anthony Alfieri, DO, FACC is a board-certified interventional cardiologist, who has been practicing in the New Castle County area for over 25 years. His efforts to improve the quality of life for all individuals – both men and women alike – who suffer from the effects of venous insufficiencies continues with the formation of Delaware Advanced Vein Center. Dr. Alfieri has found that for many people, having varicose veins is needlessly limiting and it is a common misconception that the treatment of varicose veins is painful and not worth the effort. To provide better care for his patients, Dr. Alfieri is now performing radiofrequency ablations. 

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