How long after vein ablation do you see results?

Endovenous ablation is one of the most effective minimally invasive procedures for chronic venous insufficiency, the root cause of varicose veins and spider veins. During endovenous ablation, the vein doctor channels thermal or laser energy into the diseased saphenous vein responsible for your vein problems. Once the diseased vein is neutralized, the accumulated blood freely flows into healthier leg veins to restore optimal blood circulation to the heart.

How long after vein ablation do you see results? How much should you walk after vein ablation? We answer your questions about vein ablation and minimally invasive treatments.

Vein ablation targets the root cause of varicose veins

Varicose veins appear because of the accumulation of blood in leg veins, which happens because of chronic venous insufficiency, a circulatory disorder caused by the collapse of vein valves. When your vein valves malfunction, gravity forces blood to flow backward and accumulate in leg veins, leading to vascular dilation and varicose veins. Vein ablation targets the diseased saphenous vein responsible for your varicose veins.

After vein ablation, excess blood won’t continue accumulating in your leg veins, so the varicose veins will gradually recede. Over time, the accumulated blood will reroute into healthier leg veins, and the diseased varicose veins will get reabsorbed by the body and fade away from the skin’s surface. This is a gradual process that may occur over several weeks and months, gradually improving the appearance of your legs.

Vein ablation results appear gradually over several weeks

You might start noticing mild improvements after a week, but the final results may appear several months after the procedure. The results depend on the size and density of the varicose veins. Thicker and larger varicose veins will take longer to disappear completely. Some varicose veins may also take up to 12 months to disappear completely. You may also notice yellowish-brown discoloration on the skin for a few weeks.

Ambulatory phlebectomy can ensure immediate results

Maryland Vein Center is a state-of-the-art vein center specializing in cutting-edge, minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins and vein disease. We offer the latest vein ablation techniques to address the root cause of varicose veins, ensuring long-lasting results. We also perform ambulatory phlebectomy after vein ablation, which involves the physical extraction of superficial varicose veins through small incisions on the skin’s surface.

Ambulatory phlebectomy produces instant results because it extracts the unwanted varicose veins from your legs, following which the incision marks gradually heal and fade away. Combining vein ablation with ambulatory phlebectomy ensures immediate and long-lasting results. You can find our vein center at 10215 Fernwood Rd, Suite 301, Bethesda, just outside of Washington, DC, in Silver Spring. Please schedule an appointment to explore your vein ablation options.

How much should you walk after vein ablation?

Walking is an essential part of your recovery after vein ablation and other minimally invasive treatments for vein disease and varicose veins. You must walk immediately after vein ablation and walk for at least 30 to 60 minutes every day during the recovery period. Walking improves blood circulation and prevents the accumulation of blood in leg veins, so it’s essential during the recovery period after minimally invasive treatments.

Do varicose veins disappear after ablation?

Vein ablation targets the root cause of varicose veins, which makes the superficial varicose veins disappear from your skin’s surface over several weeks and months. The varicose veins will gradually disappear over several weeks and months, depending on their size and density. After about 12 months, the varicose veins are invisible even by ultrasound.

Does vein ablation help circulation?

Vein ablation certainly helps with blood circulation because it treats chronic venous insufficiency, a dangerous circulatory disorder caused by collapsed vein valves. When your vein valves collapse or malfunction, blood flows backward and accumulates in the leg veins, preventing optimal blood flow to the heart. Vein ablation destroys the diseased saphenous vein and reroutes the accumulated blood to healthier veins, thus improving overall blood circulation.

What happens after leg vein ablation?

After vein ablation, you may have some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in your legs. You will have to wear compression stockings for several weeks during the recovery period to reduce swelling and improve healing. You can resume most of your daily activities and work, but you must avoid strenuous workouts and heavy lifting for at least one week.

How long will my leg hurt after vein ablation?

You may experience mild soreness and leg pain in the treatment area for one week after vein ablation. Your legs will also look bruised and discolored for a few weeks. However, your vein doctor will recommend some pain medications to alleviate discomfort.

Should you elevate your leg after vein ablation?

You should elevate your legs for 5 to 10 minutes at least thrice a day for the first week of your recovery period after vein ablation. When you elevate your legs above your heart’s level, the accumulated blood flows towards your heart, which speeds up the recovery process.

How long do you wear compression stockings after vein ablation?

You have to wear compression stockings for at least four weeks during the recovery period after vein ablation. Compression stockings apply pressure on your leg veins to improve blood circulation to the heart and prevent the accumulation of blood in leg veins. During the first week of your recovery period, you will have to wear compression stockings 24/7, following which you can reduce the usage with your doctor’s approval.

Should I sleep in compression stockings?

You should sleep in compression stockings for the first couple of weeks of your recovery period. Your vein doctor will let you know when it’s okay to stop wearing compression stockings.