Spider veins, also known as telangiectasia, are widened venules that cause characteristic spider web-like red or purple marks on the skin. They can occur anywhere on the skin and generally develop gradually over time.
Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for spider veins because it has been consistently proven to remove these veins since the 1920's, and still remains as the most popular treatment option today.
Exercising After Spider Vein Treatment
Exercise after sclerotherapy is a concern many active patients have, it is recommended that you restrain from strenuous exercise for between 24 and 36 hours after the procedure. High-impact activities and so-called “pounding activities” such as running, heavy lifting and squatting, should be avoided for at least an additional two or three days, sometimes up to a week. You can, however, resume the vast majority of your daily activities immediately after the procedure.
On the other hand, low-impact activities, such as walking or swimming, light weight lifting or stretching-based activities like yoga or tai-chi, are encouraged after this time. However, we recommend to avoid hot yoga or even using a jacuzzi because these activities involve heat. This extreme heat may dilate and open up the vein that the sclerotherapy treatment is trying to close. Try to avoid long, hot showers as well.
If you have recently undergone or are planning to undergo sclerotherapy or other spider vein treatments, rest assured that you do not have give up your regular exercise routine. In fact, exercise is known to prevent the development of vein disease, including varicose veins by improving the blood circulation in your legs and by helping you maintain a healthy weight.
However, do keep in mind that every case of spider veins as well as the treatment results differ between individuals, and you should always consult with your vein care specialist before returning to a strenuous exercise program after a spider vein treatment.