Many people in the United States suffer from painful, visible vein conditions. According to the American Venous Forum, roughly one in three Americans over the age of 45 has some type of vein disease. When you suffer from the severe symptoms of a vein condition, it can negatively impact many aspects of your life. Undergoing medical vein treatment could help you reduce the visibility of your veins, address pain, and develop a healthier blood flow. These treatments offer many benefits, but it is important to understand the healing process before undergoing a procedure.
Speaking with our board-certified physician Dr. David Pinsinski about the post vein treatment recovery process in Westminster could help ease any worries. The team at Artemis Vein Center can answer any questions you have about your procedure.
Though the recovery process after a vein treatment is different for everyone, this timeline can provide you with a general idea of what to expect.
Most patients experience bruising, swelling, tightness, and discomfort in the treatment areas after a vein procedure. These symptoms typically resolve within the first 48 hours. All patients return to normal activities immediately after treatment with little to no issues, but we advise that you maintain light activity for 4-5 days after treatment. It is crucial to avoid submerging treated areas in water for one week after treatment to prevent infections.
After seven to ten days of recovery, you may resume a light exercise routine, though weightlifting activities strain the veins and impair healing. Running can also put excess pressure and force on the veins and should be avoided. Bruising, slight discomfort, swelling, and tightness are typically still present during this recovery period.
One month into the recovery process, you should schedule a follow-up appointment so our medical team can determine whether your veins have closed and identify any new vein abnormalities. Typically, all symptoms are resolved however slight swelling and tightness of the treatment areas may still be present. The majority of patients will also notice significant improvement in their vein symptoms.
After six months of recovery, side effects such as bruising, swelling, discomfort, and tightness have resolved. Slight bruising and swelling may persist during this time, but it should be minimal. You will experience the effects of treatment at this point in the recovery process.
An essential part of a recovery process after vein treatment is the compression of treated areas, especially during the first three days of recovery. Typically, we ask patients to wear compression stockings, as they promote blood flow, minimize bruising, and prevent blood clot formation. Further, compression reduces strain on your treated veins to ensure healthy, proper healing.
It is also important to keep the bandages on your incision sites and avoid hot showers, pools, baths, and hot tubs. Doing this helps prevent bleeding, irritation, and infection. If possible, you should also avoid long periods of sitting or standing. While it is important to rest and refrain from strenuous activity, frequent walks can prevent blood clots and promote blood flow.
There are several steps you can take to ensure a successful healing process and minimize side effects after vein treatment. We strongly encourage you to follow our at-home care tips and come back to the office for your follow-up appointments. Call Artemis Vein Center today to schedule a screening and speak with Dr. Pinsinski about the post vein treatment recovery process in Westminster.
If you require vein or aesthetic treatments, contact Artemis Vein & Aesthetic Center today online or at (720) 664-5831 and one of our team members will gladly assist you in scheduling an appointment or consultation. We proudly serve the Westminster, Broomfield and Louisville areas of Colorado.