Spider Veins
Spider Vein Guide

Recovery Tips

Immediately Following the Procedure

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is performed without anesthesia because the micro-needle injections generally create only a mild stinging in the treated areas. Patients may have red bumps on their legs at the injection site after the procedure and some mild bleeding. Some may experience a cramping sensation in the treated areas.

Patients will be given a compression stocking to wear, often covered by another bandage. Patients can usually return to work immediately following the procedure.

Laser Therapy

Immediately following laser therapy for spider veins, you will be able to return to work and resume your normal activities.

Radio Frequency Occlusion

Radio frequency occlusion requires only a short recovery period following the procedure. Patients are able to walk out of the office or clinic, often wearing a compression stocking that has to be left on for one to two days following the procedure. Within about three days, patients are able to resume their normal, daily activities.

Endovenous Laser Treatment

Endovenous laser treatment usually involves a rapid recovery and relief from problematic symptoms. However, immediately following the procedure, you may feel some soreness and bruising is not uncommon. Patients typically walk out of the clinic without issues to go back to work the same day.

Surgical Ligation

Immediately after the procedure, you will feel groggy due to the effects of general sedation. Your legs will be bandages and they may be a bit sore and bruised. You should have someone available to drive you home after the procedure and stay with you for the first 24 hours as you recover.

The First Week after the Procedure

Sclerotherapy

Your doctor will probably give you permission to remove the compression bandage after the first week following the procedure. You may have a follow-up appointment with your doctor during this time.

Laser Therapy

You should be starting to see the treated spider veins fading slightly. However, remember that laser therapy for spider vein treatment can take between 2 and 5 sessions before the veins fully disappear.

Radio Frequency Occlusion

Your doctor may have recommended that you continue to wear a compression stocking for a period of time each day for up to two or three weeks. This helps to promote blood flow in the remaining venous circulation. Your doctor may have scheduled a follow-up appointment with you at this time to see the progress following the procedure.

Endovenous Laser Treatment

If you experience minor pains associated with your endovenous laser treatment, over-the-counter medications can be used for relief. Patients will typically go in for a follow-up appointment with their doctor within about one week following the procedure.

Surgical Ligation

Your legs will still be bandaged as they heal. Most patients recover from surgical ligation within 1 to 4 weeks following the procedure. During this time, however, they may experience some soreness in the affected area.

The Second Week after the Procedure

Sclerotherapy

If you experienced bruising or discoloration following the procedure, this should be starting to fade. The veins should also be starting to disappear.

Laser Therapy

Though the final results of laser therapy may not be entirely visible yet, you should be able to see some fading. Several laser therapy treatments may be necessary in order to achieve the best results using this type of therapy.

Radio Frequency Occlusion

Though you may still be wearing a compression stocking, it is likely that you will start to see the results of the surgery more readily.

Endovenous Laser Treatment

At this time, you should be almost completely recovered from your endovenous laser treatment. With your doctor's permission, you may be able to resume a normal exercise program.

Surgical Ligation

Depending on the extent of the procedure, your legs may still be bandaged. Expect that your full recovery from surgical ligation will take up to 4 weeks.

Spider Vein Recovery Tips

  • Before sclerotherapy treatment, avoid aspirin to reduce bleeding at the injection sites.
  • Avoid exposure to a lot of sunlight while being treated using lasers because tanned skin cannot be treated
  • With your doctor's permission, begin an exercise program to help increase the health of your veins.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions regarding the compression bandage or stocking provided to you after your spider vein treatment. Compression stocking can help promote healthy circulation during your recovery period.
  • If you are having surgical ligation performed, be sure to have someone drive you home from the procedure and someone around to help out for the first 24 hours following surgery.
  • Eat healthy, low-sodium meals
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