As with most people, I’d like to believe that I’m savvy about most things in life, though the level of savviness can vary based on the topic. But when faced with the subject of spider vein removal, I have to admit that I was stumped. Though I’d heard the word thrown around my entire life and had even used the term in conversation, I really didn’t know much about what spider vein removal meant or entailed.

I decided that it was important to know a little bit more about what spider veins were before I dug into the process of getting rid of them. Spider veins, as you might have guessed, are veins that show up close to the surface of the skin and remind you of spider webs. Thinking back on things, I had actually seen them all of my life. Most of the women in my family have had them. They have a red or blue appearance, and even though Although they can appear anywhere on the body, they are most common on the legs and face. Clearly, it was easy to imagine why many people would be a little insecure about the appearance of these veins and why the desire to remove them would be so high.

You’d might find yourself wondering how common they are, and it turns out that there is a fairly high incidence of them, especially if you’re over fifty. They don’t really cause problems, but there is always a small chance that someone could experience some swelling or, on the more serious side, become painful and aid in the formation of blood clots.

So, whether it’s more of an elective procedure to reduce their appearance or if you’re experiencing more severe side effects, there is a case to be made for the removal of spider veins.

If you choose a path for removal, it’s important to know the following:

  • Spider veins can be removed in a few different ways
  • A patient will have to undergo more than one treatment
  • There’s no set prescribed course of post-care

It’s perhaps the last bullet point that stood out the most to me during my research. Most medical experts will tell you that regardless of the medical procedure you undergo, every patient recovers a little differently. Sure, some of the recovery steps from spider vein removal may follow a schedule, but variations will play a part. It is nice to know that recovery time is usually pretty quick, with the first couple of days leading to a little bit of general discomfort.

What’s important to know is that recovery from spider vein removal requires two pivotal things: 1) a fairly large amount of discipline on the patient’s part; and 2) open communication with your physician. Recovery from an initial treatment can only be as successful as a patient chooses, but after ample time has elapsed, both the patient and doctor will need to communicate about whether any additional treatments will be needed.