Some patients do not notice any discernible improvements for several weeks after the procedure. Don’t worry though. It takes time for the body to reabsorb the unwanted tissue. In some cases, multiple treatments might be required. There may be some temporary post-procedural side-effects including:
- The region around the treatment site might be slightly discolored for several hours after the conclusion of treatment. Pink and red hues are the most common.
- Around the treatment area, you may notice a warm sensation or stingingーsimilar to a mild sunburn. This feeling typically fades within a couple of hours. Applying moist cloths or a cold pack can help lessen the discomfort.
- There may be some mild swelling that hangs around for several days.
Additionally, patients should be careful about applying creams and lotions to the area.
- Do not put on any makeup, sunscreen or other such creams or sprays for at least 24 hours. It will be longer if the area presents with any signs of redness and/or stinging.
- A good moisturizing lotion should however be applied to the treated area two times a day for the length of the treatment and continued for three or four months after your final session.
- Maintain A Healthy Diet
Maintaining a healthy weight significantly lowers your risk of developing varicose veins because obesity is one of the major risk factors.
Certain foods, such citrus fruits and those that contain omega 3 fatty acids, are proven to promote circulation in addition to a healthy diet.
The circulation is also improved by spicy foods, so the next time you’re out, use a lot of hot sauce!
- Stretch Before Any Kind Of Work
Take frequent breaks to stretch if you find yourself standing or sitting for extended periods of time.
Stretching prevents venous damage and circulates blood that has become stagnant.
Keep up the yoga, those of you who love it! A recent study found that yoga can lower blood pressure, prevent blood vessel calcifications, and improve circulation.
It was published in The Chronicle Journal. Do you not enjoy yoga? The next time you’re at work, try performing calf muscle pumps!
Simply place your feet flat on the ground and lengthen your calves until you are standing on the balls of your feet.
A couple of these will assist in reviving blood that has become sluggish.
- Daily Exercise Can Also Help
Regular exercise reenergizes the body and aids with blood circulation.
In fact, studies have shown that when it comes to treating cardiac disease, exercise can be equally as effective as medications.
Any exercise that works the calf muscles is excellent for enhancing blood circulation in the legs.
Excellent examples include riding, surfing, walking, and jogging.
Making even small changes, like parking a bit further away from the store or using the stairs, can have a big impact!
Possible Root Causes of Recurrent Varicose Veins
You Didn’t Get Enough Therapy
In surgical procedures for varicose veins, blood flow to the problematic vein or veins is frequently stopped. Naturally, blood is transferred to another neighboring vein. As the damaged vein stops receiving blood, it contracts and eventually vanishes. The vein may be “stripped” or completely removed during various treatments.
Your venous reflux issues may not always be solved by a single treatment. Reflux can occur in several different veins. Future varicose veins may develop if not all diseased veins are addressed.
Certain Danger Factors Have Not Been Fully Addressed
Even if your initial operation was successful, certain risk factors may make a recurrence more likely. Both pregnancy and obesity can raise your risk of later developing varicose veins. Your varicose veins may return if you continue to be overweight or if you get pregnant again after therapy. You can learn how to control these risk factors with the aid of a vascular specialist.
While receiving treatment, new blood vessels have grown or healed
Your body works to mend itself and regenerate new cells after an injury or surgery. The effects of the procedure can occasionally be reversed by the healing process. Varicose veins can occasionally return due to neovascularization, or the growth of new blood vessels.
The Incorrect Vein Was Managed
Varicose veins are unique to each individual and can affect a variety of veins. To make sure the right veins are treated, an ultrasound is required. Varicose veins will return if a vein is missed because the source has not been treated. If you have been using creams or stockings to treat your outer varicose veins, this will not eliminate the underlying cause of your varicose veins, which will result in their recurrence. These are merely short-term fixes.
I was grateful that the staff warned me about the bruises that can last up to 2 weeks after injections. In my case the bruising wasn’t that bad after the first treatment but it helpful to know up front. I’m glad that I decided to start back in February so that my legs were covered during the early days. The bruising was a little painful at first but the results speak for themselves and I would gladly do it all over again. I tell my friends not to be scared, just get it done.
-Joy (age 47)