A friend of mine recently underwent sclerotherapy to remove some unsightly spider veins on her legs. When she scheduled the procedure, her doctor told her to purchase some compression hosiery to wear immediately after the procedure, but her doctor didn’t give her many details on what kind of support hosiery to buy. After doing a search on Google, she was immediately overwhelmed and confused by all the options. Luckily she has a friend in the compression business to help advise her! I thought I’d share my advice here in case anyone else is confused about what to wear after sclerotherapy.
During sclerotherapy treatment, your doctor will elevate your leg and inject the target veins with sclerosant. The procedure is fairly quick (anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes) and you can walk right out of the doctor’s office after it’s done. While there is no real “recovery” period, patients do need to take certain precautions to ensure they get the best results from this procedure. Mainly – patients must wear compression hosiery over the site of the injection. Compression socks or stockings make sure that blood does not flow back into these treated veins after treatment. Some doctors may tell you that you only need to wear compression stockings for 24 – 48 hours after the procedure, but we think it’s better to be cautious. You’re most likely paying for this procedure out of pocket – so do everything that you can to make sure you get the results you’ve paid for! We recommend wearing compression for AT LEAST a week after your procedure during the hours you’re on your feet. Ideally – you should wear the hosiery for two weeks. You don’t need to wear the hosiery to bed.
So, what kind of compression hosiery should you wear after sclerotherapy? Most doctors will recommend at least 20-30 mmHg of compression in thigh highs or pantyhose. Since you’ll be wearing these for a few weeks, you should purchase something that will be comfortable and attractive – something you won’t mind wearing for a few weeks. If you’re imagining the thick, unsightly compression hose that your grandmother wears – don’t fret! Compression stockings come in all sheerness levels and colors nowadays. Most people won’t be able to tell the difference between your compression stockings and regular pantyhose.
So, before your procedure, take the time to measure your legs, read reviews of different brands and styles, and buy the hosiery you know you’ll be able to wear for the weeks following your procedure. We have a large selection of pantyhose and thigh highs – and our customers are very honest in their reviews of the products, so it’s a great place to start!
By Brita @ BrightLife Direct