Q&A — Is having hardened veins after treatment normal?

Q: I had laser vein treatment done 6 weeks ago and now there are a few places on the backs of my knees that are purple, puffy, and a little sore. There’s also a hard vein going up the back of my thigh. Is this normal? Will these eventually go away?

A: This can be normal and will fade over a few months. See your doctor to make sure that a recent scan has shown no evidence of DVT. She/he should also evacuate any trapped blood that may have clotted in the vein. This will give the best long term results. Wear your stockings as much as possible over the next few weeks.