What should patients do and expect before and after their sclerotherapy appointment with a New Orleans area dermatologist?By Dr. Mary Lupo
Patients undergoing this treatment will often ask what they can expect before, during, and after their procedure.
Patients must visit Dr. Mary Lupo for a consultation appointment to determine if they are appropriate candidates for treatment. This includes a physical examination and information regarding one's medical background. Most patients are eligible to undergo this treatment. Patients can schedule their sclerotherapy appointment, and they are advised to avoid certain medications and vitamins up to two weeks before their injections, which may include blood thinners, fish oil, anti-inflammatory medications, and over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
Patients are made comfortable on the treatment table and the veins being treated are marked. Dr. Mary Lupo uses a very small needle to inject the special solution into the specific veins with gentle, steady hand and even application for the best results. Most treatments take approximately 30 minutes and they are completed in the office.
After treatment, some patients notice redness and swelling along the veins. This may last a few hours or a few days, depending on the size of the treated veins. Bruising may occur, but this is short-term and most patients can return to their normal activities immediately after their appointment. In some instances, Dr. Mary Lupo may recommend wearing compression socks for a few days to a few weeks to help facilitate the process and speed healing.
Some patients may need to have more than one treatment completed for optimum results. This is dependent on many factors, including how many veins need to be treated. Patients are often advised at their consultation appointment if more than one appointment may be necessary.