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What to Avoid After Sclerotherapy

Spider veins aren’t life-threatening, but they can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Sclerotherapy is a procedure that entails injecting an injection directly into your diseased vein, causing it to collapse and turn into scar tissue visible through the skin. We offer Sclerotherapy at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz for those who have spider veins.

If you’re new to this procedure, several things might be unclear after sclerotherapy, including what sclerotherapy entails, its benefits, what to avoid after the procedure, potential side effects, and when you can return to your regular activities.

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What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is an FDA-certified procedure that eliminates unsightly and uncomfortable spider veins visible to the naked eye. It is a painless and effective treatment that is conducted on an outpatient basis. Dr. Craig Schwartz, one of Kansas City’s most experienced and trusted vein specialists, injects a saline-based solution into the spider veins, causing the treated veins to scar and “close up”. The blood is then re-routed through healthier veins, and the treated veins will eventually scar and collapse and be reabsorbed by the body, eventually fading away.  

What Should I Avoid After Sclerotherapy?

After Sclerotherapy, you need to avoid certain activities which can jeopardize the effects of your treatment. These include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen because they slow the process of vein collapse
  • Prolonged sun exposure. Overexposure to the sun can increase skin redness or irritation at the injection site
  • Strenuous exercises such as jogging and weight-lifting
  • Hot showers
  • Sitting in saunas

It is recommended for you to apply sunscreen on the injection site during sunny days. It is also advisable to wear compression stockings.

Consultations Available Now

To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at 913-451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

When Can I Resume Normal Activities After Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a safe, minimally-invasive procedure that can drastically improve the appearance of spider veins. The treatment takes 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the treated area, and has no downtime, which means you can return to your regular activities afterward. 

What are the Side Effects of Sclerotherapy?

We always tell our Kansas City spider vein patients that their legs will look worse before they look better! Immediate side effects of sclerotherapy can include pain, redness, swelling at the injection site, and even some bruising. Some patients also may experience some itching after Sclerotherapy.  All side effects are temporary.

Am I a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?

Spider veins occur due to several factors, including obesity, heredity, hormones, and careers that require prolonged standing. 

Those who benefit most from sclerotherapy are people who:

  • Have spider veins or small varicose veins on their legs
  • Are between the ages of 30-60 years old
  • Don’t have any history of blood clotting
  • Are not pregnant within 3 months before treatment begins
  • Don’t have broken bones due to any previous accidents
  • Don’t have diabetes


*Individual Results May Vary


Read from real patients about their experiences with Dr. Schwartz and his team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.

Take the Next Step

If you’re wondering whether you’re a good candidate for Sclerotherapy, schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz at (913) 451-8346 or fill out our online contact form

Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City Metro.

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