Microphlebectomy is a varicose vein treatment technique used to get rid of unsightly and painful varicose leg veins so you can look and feel your best. Thanks to its minimally invasive approach and quick recovery time, microphlebectomy is quickly becoming one of the most popular treatments for getting rid of larger veins that can be effectively treated using sclerotherapy or other techniques.
If you’ve been thinking about microphlebectomy, you probably have questions about what to expect once the procedure is done. So here’s a list of some of the most common questions – along with their answers – so you can make an informed decision and feel confident in your treatment choice:
How soon can I shave or go swimming after the procedure?
In most cases, you’ll be able to resume these activities once your incisions heal, which usually takes about ten days to two weeks. Of course, the use of sunscreen is still recommended to protect your skin from UV radiation, and sunscreen should be applied after swimming or participating in any sports that make you perspire heavily.
Summer is coming; can I be out in the sun after microphlebectomy?
Yes, having a microphlebectomy will not affect your ability to enjoy sun exposure. Wearing a sunscreen is always recommended – with or without microphlebectomy – to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV radiation, and you should avoid direct sun exposure during the initial stages of healing while the incision sites are still tender.
How long will I need to wear a compression hose?
Depending on the size of the vein, a compression hose may need to be worn for one to three weeks to ensure proper healing. Compression hose help stimulates healing by providing support to the treated area. In addition to controlling swelling, they can also help the tissues surrounding the vein recover during the initial stages of healing. Compression hoses come in different “strengths” for different levels of compression. During your consultation, Dr. Dietzek will discuss your specific needs and determine the length of time you’ll need to wear your hose for the best results.
Will my vein come back?
No, unlike some therapies that collapse the vein but leave it in place, microphlebectomy actually removes the vein, so there is no chance of recurrence. Of course, that doesn’t mean you won’t get any more varicose veins in your legs. During your consultation, you can discuss your risk factors for varicose veins and the steps you can take to potentially reduce your risk of developing them.