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After treatment care

Lumps, bumps and bruises are to be expected. This is a result of the treatment of the larger blue veins.

Go for a brisk 15 minute walk daily following treatment. This will help to distribute the sclerosing agent and will reduce venous stasis in the treated veins. It will also help in preventing swelling of the ankles in some patients following treatment of the ankles.

The compression pantyhose or stockings are to be worn for 7 days after the treatment of the larger blue veins, and for 3 to 5 days following the treatment of the smaller spider veins. Dr Retief and/or Sr Debbie Rhodes will assess each patient after the treatment and in some cases will advise differently – according to the treatment given that day.

The compression pantyhose are to be worn for 5 days after the treatment of the larger blue veins, and for 3 days following the treatment of the smaller spider veins. Dr. Retief will however assess each patient after the treatment and in some cases will advise differently - according to the treatment given that day.

You may resume normal activity after the treatment, but exercise is limited to walking and swimming only for the same time period that you are wearing the compression pantyhose or stockings.

Avoid standing for long periods of time as this causes congestion in the legs.

Avoid hot baths as this encourages dilation of the spider veins and therefore has a negative effect on the treatment. Showering is preferable.

Avoid the use of “healing creams,” such as: Arnica; Traumeel; Tea Tree; Bio-Oil, Tissue Oil. The reason for this is that the injection treatment of the veins stimulates the body’s inflammatory response, which in turn causes the veins to begin ‘growing closed’ as the body endeavours to ‘heal’ the irritated vein. You may continue to use your normal moisturizer.

Avoid the following treatments while having sclerotherapy treatment:

  • Endermology
  • Massage of the legs
  • Body scrubbing
  • Cellulite creams
  • Sun-beds where you are required to stand upright
  • Sauna’s
  • Steam rooms
  • Laser hair removal

There may be a degree of discomfort after the treatment of the bigger blue veins. If this occurs you must rest your legs by sitting or lying down for a period of time. You may take pain killers which do not include anti-inflammatory’s, e.g. Panado; Stillpane; Stopayne. Avoid Myprodol, or the generics thereof, Advil; Nurofen; Disprin; Grandpa, as this will act against the treatment by removing inflammation, and therefore slowing down the ‘healing’ process. Should you be concerned at any time, please do not hesitate to phone. If we feel that Dr Retief needs to see your legs we will advise you of this, and make an appointment accordingly.

Should you be concerned at any time, please do not hesitate to phone. If we feel Dr. Retief needs to see your legs, Marion will advise you of this, and make an appointment for him to see you.