Q&A: Stockings Versus Cotton Balls & Tape?


Q: If I wear compression hose, can I forego the cotton balls and tape required after Sclerotherapy? I get cuts/reactions to the tape, so I’d rather remove them when I get home a few hours after the sclerotherapy treatment, instead of after the recommended 24 hours. If I’m still wearing compression hose, will the early removal of the cotton balls affect my results?

A: I would ask your doctor about what he/she prefers. We have not found the use of cotton balls and tape to be more effective than stockings and have always recommended just stockings for our patients.