Compression stockings are an important tool in the fight to help improve and maintain your vein health and they are a common feature of varicose vein treatment after care. Many people have questions about compression stockings, let’s take a look at some of the most common ones:

Women wearing red compression stocking after varicose vein surgery

Can compression stockings cure my varicose veins?

Compression stockings alone cannot cure varicose veins that are already present, including varicose veins that are not visible because they are deep beneath the skin.

Compression stockings can help prevent varicose veins from developing and they can help manage symptoms or progression of varicose veins. But if you already have varicose veins then you need specialised varicose vein treatment.

The type of compression socks best suited to your needs depends on your condition and treatment program, consult with your vein doctor to learn more.

What kinds of compression stockings are available?

There are several types of compression stockings available, including:

  • Knee-high compression stockings
  • Thigh-high compression stockings
  • Pantyhose style compression stockings
  • Footless and footed compression stockings
  • Tights
  • Leggings
  • Compression sleeves


How long do I need to wear compression stockings following varicose vein treatment?

Following a sclerotherapy procedure for varicose veins, you will usually need to wear compression socks for one or more days. Following an Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) for varicose veins, you will usually need to wear compression stockings for one week routinely and then on your treating doctor’s advice.

Can compression stockings be worn to bed?

Compression stockings are typically meant to be removed before going to bed (apart from treatment time when continuous use is required), this allows your skin to breathe and legs to decompress. However, occasional use while sleeping is fine, as long as your compression stockings are fitted properly. Consult with your vein care specialist if you are not sure about wearing your compression socks to bed.

If you are experiencing symptoms of varicose veins or spider veins, including swollen or discoloured legs, aches and pains in the affected area, skin irritation, “heavy” legs, bleeding or vein hardening, compression stockings could be part of a varicose vein treatment regimen that will restore your health and comfort. Contact Vein Care to schedule a consultation, we are the Melbourne vein doctors trusted to get results!