Many sufferers of varicose veins will refrain from wearing shorts or clothes that expose their legs, embarrassed by the appearance of their bulging veins. All too often we hear from patients who have been putting off treatment assuming that surgery is the only option. This couldn’t be further than the truth. At The Vein Institute, we provide minimally invasive, walk-in walk-out treatment with no need for hospitalisation or anaesthetic. All treatments are carried out by our team of highly trained doctors in our conveniently located clinics in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.

 

In this article, we outline why having your varicose veins treated this winter is best for you and your healing process.

 

1) Time for Your Skin to Heal and Be Ready for Shorts Weather

After having your varicose veins treated you may experience slight bruising, some discolouration and very mild swelling. Given Australia’s beautiful weather, its no surprise that shorts and dresses are the usual summer uniform, having treatment in winter will make it much easier to hide any post-treatment symptoms. By the time winter is over, you will be ready to wear summer clothes with confidence.

 

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2) You can Better Tolerate Compression Stockings

Compression stockings have been proven to help provide some relief from varicose veins and make a difference to your health. Compression stockings are also prescribed after treatment and it is recommended you wear them for 3-5 days post-treatment.

Due to the thickness of compression stockings, you can imagine that they will keep you quite warm. This can make them harder to tolerate in the warmer months. When you have treatment in winter, the warmth from the stockings and socks will keep you nice and cosy. You are able to wear pants over the stockings too – time to layer up!

 

Closed-up of person's feet with black compression stockings, from the blog about "why winter is the best time to treat varicose veins".

 

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 discolouration in healing legs. Chances are you will be wearing long pants and staying indoors in winter, making avoiding the UV rays easy. Make sure you discuss UV rays with your doctor as part of post-treatment care.

 

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4) You are Less Likely to Engage in Strenuous Activity

After treatment, it is important to avoid all strenuous activity and heavy lifting for a few weeks. As internal pressure in the blood vessels may already be high, exercises that involve straining and lifting can further increase the pressure and put undue strain on your circulation. Because of this, 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.

 

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At The Vein Institute, we offer patients surgery-free, walk-in walk-out treatments.  Call now on 1300 535 017 to book an initial consultation with one of our doctors to see what treatment is right for you. 

Dr Zil Yassine

Dr Zil Yassine (BA MBBS Uni. NSW, MA Harvard, Fellow (College of Phlebology UK) specialises in the non surgical treatment of varicose veins. He completed training as a Specialist General Practitioner (FRACGP 2014) in Sydney before successfully completing the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine examinations that same year. He has been a doctor for over 10 years and has performed thousands of venous interventions and gives talks on vein treatments at vascular surgeon conferences. Dr Yassine also holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Surgery (UNSW), Masters of Arts (Harvard University), Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound in Phlebology (ACP).