- You may experience bruising, tenderness or swelling after a treatment. These are signs that the inflammation in the treated veins is beginning to subside. Arnica gel (available at most health food stores, use as directed) may accelerate the resolution of bruising and associated inflammation.
- Trapped blood often develops. This occurs when the blood gets caught inside the vein as it heals. This area may feel bumpy and tender to the touch – which may last for a few weeks. This indicates that the injection is causing the desired reaction. If it causes too much discomfort, it can be easily treated in the office at your next follow-up visit.
- If you have Band-aids and cotton balls on the injection sites, please remove tomorrow (the following day). Please leave steri-strips on for 7 days.
Pain & Discomfort
- RECOMMENDED PAIN MEDICATION: Acetaminophen (Tylenol), 1-2 tablets 325 or 500 mg, 4 times a day as needed and/or Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 3-4 tablets 200mg, 3-4 times a day, as needed.
- Apply ice to the areas treated (5-10 mins for 3 times during the day to help with the inflammation.)
- Wear compression stockings continuously except when sleeping or showering for 3 days.
- Most patients will resume normal activities the next day. Walking, light exercise, aerobics are encouraged.
- Avoid extremely strenuous workouts for 48 hours.
- Please avoid lifting heavy objects > 25lbs for 1 week.
Prolonged Water exposure
- No swimming, hot baths or hot tubs for two days following your treatment. You may, however, take a warm shower.
- Avoid flying for at least 7 days following any procedure.
- Wear compression stockings during air or automobile travel.
- If you are traveling a long distance by automobile, it is recommended to stop every 2 hours to walk for 5-10 minutes.