“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.”
– Paul Theroux
During these colder months, most of us dream of spring and summer when we can be outside in lighter clothing enjoying activities in warmer temperatures. But if you’re someone who dreads baring your legs when winter ends because you have unsightly spider veins, take heart — this is actually the best time to plan for treatment!
Whether those small veins that can be seen just below the skin’s surface cause you physical discomfort or just make you self-conscious about your appearance, it’s common to want them to go away. By scheduling treatment to happen in the next month or two, you can be ready to show off the new you for spring or summer!
Part of the planning process involves learning what to expect — including what to do or NOT do before and after sclerotherapy — so that you can schedule properly and optimize your healing.
Typical questions about spider vein treatment
Q: When is the best time to schedule spider vein treatment?
A: While the procedure can be done any time year-round, you might want to consider scheduling it for a few weeks to a month or so before the season changes or before you’re planning to travel to a warmer, sun-filled climate. This will give you the chance to heal during the season when your legs are usually covered.
Q: Is spider vein treatment covered by my health insurance policy?
A: Because spider vein treatment is generally considered cosmetic, it’s usually not covered by insurance. But it’s always a good idea to schedule a consultation with a vein specialist to make sure. And making that appointment during the winter months gives you extra time to calculate costs and plan your recovery around work commitments or vacation.
Q: How long does the procedure take? What’s the average recovery time?
A: For most people, spider vein treatment takes just 15 to 30 minutes. You can usually go right back to most of your regular activities with some restrictions. Impact from injections (such as redness, bruising or swelling) usually goes away within a few weeks. It can take somewhat longer to see results, which can vary.
Q: What will I likely be expected to do afterward to maximize my recovery?
A: Your doctor will probably recommend that you wear compression (support) stockings for at least one to two weeks and up to six weeks afterward. It’s also helpful to walk regularly.
Q: What should I avoid doing after the procedure?
A: While walking and mild exercise are good for you, it’s best to avoid squatting, heavy lifting, running, or sitting or standing too long in one place for the first few weeks. You should also avoid swimming and heat exposure — including sunbathing, hot tubs, saunas and tanning beds — during that period.
Because each patient’s situation and needs are unique, having an initial consultation is the best way to know whether spider vein treatment is right for you and when to schedule it. To discuss your options, simply contact us at (404) 501-9377.