Q: I travel a lot for work. Can I still have the spider veins on my legs treated? Lynn, Warsaw
A. Lynn, fall and winter are actually the ideal times of year to treat your spider veins. The procedure requires the patient to wear knee-high compression stockings for a week after the treatment, so the colder weather makes it much easier to hide the stockings than in the warmer months. In addition, there will be varying degrees of bruising and discoloration on your legs after your treatment. These changes will slowly resolve over several weeks to months. No one will ever know you had anything done by having them treated during pants weather. So, when your next business meeting takes to you warmer climates this spring your legs will be free of spider veins and looking great!
It sounds like your work schedule keeps you very busy, Lynn. It still is quite possible to treat those annoying spider veins. Traveling on the same day of your treatment for more than one hour is not advised. If you do need to travel or are sitting for long periods of time in a car or an airplane, try to get up and walk at least every hour. In fact, Lynn, if you are prone to spider veins whether due to genetics or hormones it would be a good idea for you to always wear compression stockings when you travel not just following your treatment. I actually recommend anyone who flies to wear them as it helps to keep your blood circulating and prevents swelling and blood clots.
The procedure itself should not take up much of your time. It is a quick, safe and effective 30-minute in-office treatment where your spider veins are injected with a medication that will cause the veins to disappear. Following the treatment, you will be asked to take a 30-minute walk. Depending on the number of spider veins you have multiple sessions may be necessary.
Lynn, don’t let traveling hold you back from getting those pesky spider veins treated. You will be so glad you did when spring arrives and you aren’t embarrassed to be outside in your garden or on the lake in your shorts any more. If you have further questions about treating your spider veins, be sure to consult with a trained medical professional.
Jennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner practicing in Warsaw. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on Botox, fillers and sclerotherapy.
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