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Published At: 24 May 2023
Published By: Comprehensive Vein Care
How Safe Is It to Fly After Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is one of the modern-day treatments for varicose and spider veins. It is a minimally invasive treatment that involves injecting a chemical solution directly into the vein. The entire process takes less than 30 minutes, depending upon the number of veins and infected area. 

Though sclerotherapy has successfully treated several varicose vein patients, some patients are doubtful about the after-care and side effects. 

One of them is flying after the treatment. 

Questions like is it safe to fly after sclerotherapy, what is the minimum distance to travel, and what risks are associated with it often arise in mind. 

Read below to find out the suggestions from healthcare experts: 

Flying after Sclerotherapy 

After sclerotherapy, most patients recover quickly and return to routine activities on the same day. However, flying involves long hours of sitting, limited leg room, and less humidity. It is the reason why most healthcare experts recommend waiting for at least 3-4 weeks before flying. 

Though the risk of complications is very rare, some reasons for not to fly are as follows: 


Deep Vein Thrombosis, which is a blood clot development in a vein, might occur due to flying. But the condition is rare, and advice is usually given to stay safe. One big reason for developing this condition is prolonged immobility. That is why doctors typically advise short-distance flying in case of urgencies before 4 weeks. 


Like many other latest treatments, sclerotherapy can also cause some bruises as a side effect. They are caused due to the breakage of blood vessels, pressure and compression, or due to inflammatory response. But the severity varies from person to person.

Thankfully, these bruises go away in a few weeks. So, if you are flying for a holiday, wait for some time to regain the beauty of your legs. 

Distance from the Clinic 

Another reason to wait is to look for any side effects. If the clinic is near, you can easily consult with the doctor. However, flying can make it difficult as the doctor won’t be able to examine your condition physically. 

Though the side effects are rare, consulting the doctor even for minor swelling after the procedure gives peace of mind. 

Preventive Measures to Fly After Sclerotherapy

In some urgent situations, patients can take preventive measures and fly safely. These preventive tips are mentioned below: 

Elevate your Legs 

Try to elevate the legs if possible. Also, avoid sitting in the same position for long hours. Take breaks, go for a bathroom trip, or just walk around for a few seconds. 

Pay for Extra Leg Room 

If possible, try to get some extra space by paying more money. Some airlines provide this option, which is helpful for patients with varicose veins. 

Stay Hydrated 

Drink plenty of water even on the go. Dehydration can cause complications, so keep a record of your water intake. 

Wear Compression Stockings 

Do not forget to wear compression stockings. They provide pressure and help reduce swelling and cramps. 

Comprehensive Vein Care offers sclerotherapy and many other varicose vein treatment procedures. Get in touch for a free consultancy!

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