Posted on: 22 July 2021Share
'Spider veins' is a term used to describe blood vessels that become twisted, making them very prominent and easy to see through the skin. While spider veins, which are often found on the legs or face, usually do not cause pain, many people do not like how they look. The good news is that spider veins can be treated and removed by a doctor. Spider vein treatment has very good outcomes, but like most medical procedures it does have a recovery period. Use the following tips to help you have a good recovery after a spider vein treatment:
Wear Compression Stockings as Instructed
The most common form of spider vein treatment involves a doctor injecting a solution into the vessels; over time the solution will cause the veins to collapse and fade away. After your treatment, your doctor will recommend wearing tight compression stockings. The stockings will help reduce swelling in the days after the procedure, and will also play a role in making the spider veins collapse. In most cases, you should wear compression stockings as often as possible for several weeks after treatment. You should continue to wear compression stockings until your doctor tells you to stop doing so.
Use OTC Pain Reliever as Needed
Recovering from spider vein treatment is not considered especially painful, but you may still experience discomfort. The treated area may have swelling and bruising, which is completely normal. Some patients may also experience cramping in the treated area. Prescription pain killers are usually not prescribed after spider vein treatment, however over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, can be used to manage any discomfort. People who undergo spider vein treatment usually do not need to use OTC pain relievers for more than a few days.
Avoid Rigorous Activity
While spider vein treatment is not considered especially invasive, you do need to give your body time to heal from the procedure. For the first several weeks after treatment, you should do your best to abstain from certain activities, such as squatting, running, or lifting heavy objects. While rigorous activity is not recommended, it is important to move around and have good blood flow and circulation. Try not to sit or stand in one place for an extended period of time. You can do this by making sure you move around regularly to break up long periods of sitting or standing in place. Set an alarm on your watch or phone to remind you to get up and move.