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Why Get Varicose Vein Treatment In The Winter?

by Melanie Marin

If you have been avoiding vein treatment, what are you waiting for? Your varicose veins will not go away on their own, and there’s no better time to seek treatment than in the winter so that your legs have lots of time to heal before it warms up again.

Easier to tolerate compression stockings

After treatment, it is typically recommended to wear compression stockings for some time to improve physical function and reduce any pain. Compression stockings can be a pain to wear in the warm summer months, but in the winter they really aren’t that bad. In fact, they can even be considered an extra layer of warmth because of the added insulation. They can also be hidden by pants, meaning that no one will even realize you are wearing stockings.

Plenty of time for skin to heal

Shorts weather is nowhere near, so you will have lots of time for your skin to get better. It often takes several months for you to even notice any changes in the appearance of your legs after treatment. You might also discover that you need multiple treatments for your varicose veins to fully disappear, in which case you would still have the time to undergo that treatment if you wish. In addition, legs should not be exposed to UV rays from the sun for about three to four weeks after treatment, so that should not be a problem in the winter. Once summer does roll around, you’ll be ready to show off your legs at the beach.

Go back to normal activities right away

During the holidays, our lives seem to get a million times more hectic and time becomes much more precious. Luckily, there is no downtime after treatment so you can go about your schedule as planned and not miss out on any family time. But if you do want the time to relax after treatment, you have the perfect excuse to snuggle up on the couch and watch some movies.

Varicose veins are at their worst in the winter

Due to the decrease in physical activity, circulation throughout your body is lowered. This makes your veins stand out more than usual. Because your veins are more visible, the affected areas can be more easily identifiable for treatment.

Treatment options

Because varicose veins are no longer functional, getting rid of them causes no damage to the circulatory system. Here are some of the treatment options available, but ultimately a vein specialist will determine which form of treatment is best suited for your condition.

  • Sclerotherapy — Sclerotherapy injections are more effective for treating smaller veins. It involves inserting a needle directly into the vein with a solution that will dissolve and collapse the vein.
  • Laser vein treatment — Laser vein treatment is amongst the most commonly used for severe or developed veins. The most advanced and effective form of laser vein removal for varicose leg veins is currently Endovenous Laser Treatment (ELT).
  • Surgical ligation and stripping — The varicose vein is capped off and removed from the leg completely, but this removal will not affect blood flow throughout the body since these veins are superficial and nonfunctional.
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy — This involves the use of special light source to find the vein and make small incisions to surgically remove it from the leg.

If you or someone you know would like more information about vein treatment, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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