Why Winter is the Best Time to Treat Varicose Veins
Many sufferers from varicose veins prefer not to wear shorts or clothes that expose their legs, embarrassed by the appearance of their varicose veins. And all too often we hear from patients who have put off treatment for years under the impression that the only option would be to undergo surgery. This couldn’t be further than the truth. At The Vein Institute we offer patients treatments that allow them to be treated in a clinic rather than a hospital.
In this blog we outline why having your varicose veins treated this winter is easier for you and your healing process.
1) Time for Your Skin to Heal and Ready for Shorts Weather
After having your varicose veins treated you may experience light bruising, some discolouration and very mild swelling. Warm weather is all about shorts and dresses so winter is the perfect time to cover up your legs if you do experience any post treatment symptoms. By the time winter is over, you will be able to flaunt your legs in the warmer months.
2) You can Better Tolerate Compression Stockings
Compression stockings have been proven to make a difference to your health and help provide some relief from varicose veins. Compression stockings are also prescribed after treatment as post treatment care. You may need to wear these between 3 to 5 days.
Due to the thickness of compression stockings and socks, they can sometimes be quite warm. This can make them harder to tolerate in the warmer months. When you schedual treatment in winter, the warmth from the stockings and socks are able to keep you cosy and provide comfort. You are able to wear pants over the stockings too – time to layer up!
3) UV rays can cause damage and hinder recovery
We recommend keeping UV rays off your legs for a few weeks after treatment (particularly sclerotherapy). This is because UV rays can sometimes cause skin discoloration in healing legs. Because you are likely to be wearing long pants in the winter and staying indoors, it is easier to avoid the damaging UV rays. It is best to have a conversation with your doctor about this post treatment.
4) You are less likely to engage in strenuous activity
Post treatment, it is important to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for a few weeks. Because internal pressure in blood vessels damaged by vein disease may already be high, exercises that involve straining and lifting may increase the pressure even more, and thus put undue strain on your circulation. So there are certain types of exercise that your vein doctor may advise against, such as lifting weights, doing leg squats, crunches, sit-ups, and lunges. As people tend to hibernate in the winter months, it is the perfect time to take a few weeks off from your usual work out routine.
Overall, winter is the perfect time to have your varicose veins treated. At The Vein Institute we offer patients surgery free treatment. Book an initial consultation to visit with one of our doctors. This is a great time for our doctor to hear about the symptoms and concerns you have with your veins. Call us on 1300 535 017.