Sclerotherapy is a time-tested medspa procedure to provide relief from spider veins and minor varicose veins. The injectable procedure is designed to disintegrate the diseased veins gradually and eliminate them in a natural way. This requires a combination of injectable treatment and compression of the affected areas of the skin.
The vein treatment provider will inform the patient during the pre-operative consultation about the need to wear compression stockings following sclerotherapy for a certain period of time. Motykie medical spa, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie, provides sclerotherapy to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.
Need for Compression Stockings
Most vein experts and researchers recommend that it is imperative to wear compression stockings in order to achieve optimal benefits from the sclerotherapy medspa procedure. The stockings should preferably be thigh-high, and should be worn continuously through day and night for as long as the treatment provider recommends.
The tiny needles with saline medication will cause irritation in the inner lining of the targeted veins to cause them to collapse. This procedure must be followed by constant compression, which will help keep the treated vein walls in close contact so that the body can break them down. Compression will ensure that fresh blood does not flow through the targeted veins and their intended disintegration is completed over a short period of time.
If the patient does not wear compression stockings following sclerotherapy, there is a chance that the treated veins will fill back up with blood after the treatment. The results of sclerotherapy will be undermined in such a situation. Motykie medical spa receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for sclerotherapy.
Duration of Compression Therapy
The opinions of vein treatment experts can slightly vary with regard to the duration for which the compression stockings should be worn after sclerotherapy. Other aspects to be considered are the continuity of compression, the pressure of the stockings, and the length of stockings.
Some experts recommend that compression stockings should be worn 24 hours a day, including the time for shower. The stockings can be dried with a hairdryer on cool settings following the shower. In terms of stocking pressure, a majority of physicians suggest 30 to 40 mmHg (millimeters of mercury).
In terms of the number of days, many vein care providers advise their patients to wear the compression stockings for a total of three to six weeks. For the first three to five days, the stockings may be worn for 24 hours a day, and for the remaining duration, the patient may wear them only during daytime, if they are uncomfortable wearing them at night.
If the vein problem is confined to the calf area, the treatment provider may recommend knee-length stockings, but a lot of experts would still suggest thigh-high stockings for best outcomes. Compliance with compression stockings can become a challenge, particularly in warm and sultry areas. In such cases, the physician may reduce the recommended duration, depending on the patient’s condition.
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