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Could hot water from a jacuzzi or hot shower, or cold water in a swimming pool, negatively affect my vein treatment results? How long should I refrain from the hot tub and pool?
Probably ok but I tell patients to avoid the hot tub for a week after vein treatments.
If you have cuts and/or stitches you should stay away from all of these for a week anyway. Submerging you legs in hot water in the first 3 days or so is probably not a good idea either as it will likely irritate areas that are already sore from the procedure.
Heat will cause vasodilation which can theoretically negatively affect the results of sclerotherapy.
I don't recommend heat being applied to the treated extremity for two weeks. Studies have suggested that the cosmetic results of sclerotherapy are improved with compression stocking use and heat would have the opposite effect.
Following sclerotherapy we want the veins to remain constricted and collapsed so that the solution will close the veins. This is one of the reasons for compression. Heat dilates. I would recommend heat avoidance for 48 hours after sclero. Cold should not matter.
Hot water dilated the blood vessels, making treatment less effective. We recommend avoiding Hot showers, baths and hot tubs for 1 week after the procedure.
We recommend a week of avoiding hot tubs or Jacuzzi after sclerotherapy . The reason is based on a study that showed better cosmetic results after sclerotherapy for patients who wore compression stockings. Bathing in hot water has the opposite effect of compression so we ask for patients to refrain from it and wear stockings for a week.