When we have an ailment, we tend to think about the treatment we might undergo, and sometimes anxiety about the procedure itself convinces us to not even visit a doctor. This can often be the case when wondering if you are a candidate for spider vein treatments.
In reality, a doctor might not recommend treatment for you unless you meet certain guidelines – which include an ability and willingness to follow directions as you recuperate.
The follow-up to treatment is just as important to a successful recuperation as the procedure itself. The patient needs to be able to do the things necessary to get better. That includes taking the time to follow the doctor’s directions.
When to schedule a visit for Spider Vein treatments
The first requirement, of course, is the presence of spider veins. These patches of thread-like, purplish veins can appear anywhere, but most often are seen on your legs around your knee or ankle, and on your face.
A popular treatment for spider veins is sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a medicated solution into the veins, causing them to collapse and slowly be absorbed into your body.
Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding aren’t candidates for sclerotherapy, and if you take anticoagulants you may not be able to undergo the procedure. But for the majority of healthy people the treatment is safe and effective and allows the patient to quickly resume most normal activities.
Before scheduling sclerotherapy treatment, however, the physician will give you a set of instructions, and make sure you will commit yourself to follow them.
Sclerotherapy Post-treatment rules
If the spider veins are on your legs, you will be told to wear compression stockings for up to several weeks. Treatment often results in bruising that takes some time to recede, and you must ensure that you diligently apply any medication that is prescribed.
Exercise is always included in post-treatment recovery, and your doctor will help you develop a plan to start or maintain your schedule of walking or other activity. You need to return for follow-up visits as well.
A good doctor and staff makes the experience of vein treatment as understandable and comfortable as possible. The patient plays the main role, though, for a successful conclusion.
The Vein Institute of Connecticut is here to answer your questions and address your concerns.
Schedule a free appointment to start the process.