If you’re one of the millions of people who experience symptoms from varicose veins or spider veins, including pain, itching, swelling, heaviness in the legs, or discoloration – or you just don’t like how they look – now is the perfect time to start your vein treatment. Winter is one of the most popular times of the year for patients to undergo vein treatment to allow plenty of time to heal (and ditch the compression stockings!) before the warm summer months of shorts and swimsuits!
Dr. Schwartz recommends treating leg veins or facial veins several months before a big event or the warm summer months when you may want to be out in the sun, wearing shorts, swimsuits, and sundresses for several reasons:
Varicose Vein Treatment
- Many insurance providers require a period of conservative treatment
- Bruising and leg swelling will occur following surgery and will improve within two weeks
- May experience pain for up to two weeks
- Compression stockings must be worn for three weeks post-procedure
- Hot tubs and hot baths must be avoided for two weeks
- Vigorous activity must be avoided for two weeks
- Direct sun exposure to the treated legs (face) should be avoided two weeks, as to avoid stimulating the melanin (skin pigment) to minimize undesirable skin discoloration that may occur in the treated areas
Spider Vein Treatment
- Several sessions, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, are often required
- Spider veins will look worse before they look better, with treated veins often appearing darker, fading within 4-6 weeks
- Compression stockings must be worn after each round of sclerotherapy
- Sun exposure should be avoided for at least two weeks to minimize the risk of hyperpigmentation (dark discoloration in the treated areas).
Compared to surgical stripping surgeries of earlier years, modern vein treatment is extremely well tolerated. Although each patient’s recovery is different, it’s important to think ahead and consider your travel schedule, social calendar and desire to fully enjoy the summer months without worrying about wearing compression stockings or avoiding the sun while you heal!
Schedule a Free Vein Screening* with Dr. Schwartz to learn more about your treatment options for varicose veins or spider veins by calling (913) 451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves Kansas City, Leawood, and Overland Park.
* * Initial free vein screening will include a visual evaluation and subsequent discussion with Dr. Schwartz. However, if patient presents with symptoms of vein disease (not just spider veins), a diagnostic test, such as a venous ultrasound/duplex examination, that is considered medically necessary per the physician’s determination, will be billed as a separate charge, and $450 will be billed to your insurance provider. Pending your carrier’s response, you may be ultimately responsible for some portion or ALL of this charge, which may include deductibles, co-insurance and/or co-pays. If your insurance company denies this charge, your patient responsibility portion may be partially discounted if you proceed with vein disease treatment through our office.
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