Spider vein treatment recovery

Every patient heals at a different rate. However, you can expect that your recovery will follow this general time line:

Within the first week

  • You will be encouraged to walk
  • The tape, cotton balls or any other dressings (if used) will be removed from the treated areas when recommended by the plastic surgeon
  • The treated sites will appear bruised
  • You may be instructed to wear support stockings for three to six weeks
  • You will be discouraged from sitting or standing in one place for more than an hour or two
  • You should avoid squatting, heavy lifting and running

Within one month

  • The bruises at the treated sites will diminish
  • You will begin to feel more comfortable wearing leg-baring fashions
  • You can resume most exercise; however, your doctor should be consulted if you plan to do any weight lifting or jogging
  • One month after the first treatment, spider veins are distinctly lighter, yet still somewhat visible
  • You will be discouraged from sitting or standing in one place for more than an hour or two
  • After two or more treatments, the leg appears noticeably clearer and more attractive

The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee, in some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another procedure may be necessary.