Compression stockings are elastic stockings that squeeze your veins and stop excess blood from flowing backward. In this way, compression stockings also can help heal skin sores or ulcers and prevent them from returning.
Most patients are required to wear stockings for 1-2 weeks post treatment of their veins with any modality. A small number of patients may be required to wear compression stockings daily for the rest of their life when no other form of treatment is acceptable. For many patients, compression stockings can provide temporary relief from the symptoms of varicose veins but most find this an unsuitable long term solution due to cosmetic reasons and the heat associated with our summer months in Australia. Furthermore, many patients find the degree of difficulty and effort required in putting on these tight medical grade compression stockings impossible to comply with in the long term.