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Should You Treat Your Varicose Veins This Winter?

If you’ve been thinking about getting treatment for your varicose veins, winter might be the best time to do it.

As we age, there are certain health conditions that tend to become more common — one of which is varicose veins. In fact, around 75 percent of women and 56 percent of men will have them. 

These veins often cause discomfort and pain, and they can make people self-conscious. As it’s harder to keep your legs covered during the summer months when temperatures are high, it can be a relief for many when winter comes around.

However, the cold weather doesn’t mean you should put varicose veins at the back of your mind. In fact, winter could be the perfect season to treat them.

Why Winter? Why Not!

Treating your varicose veins can happen any time of year, but there are a few reasons why opting to do so during the winter months could be a strategic — and more comfortable — choice.

First, while treatment for varicose veins is typically a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure — meaning that you’ll be able to drive yourself home afterward — your legs will need time to rest. The colder months tend to be slower for most people, which means they’re a good time to take a few days at home to relax and recover fully.

Winter also is a good time for treatment because cold temperatures mean that your legs will be covered up. This is important for people who’ve received treatment for varicose veins because the skin surrounding the affected areas — which might be a little swollen or bruised following the procedure — needs to be protected from UV rays. Long pants and other winter clothes are a great way to keep your legs healthy during the recovery process.

Finally, many patients are required to wear compression socks or stockings following treatment to ensure that the affected veins stay closed. Seeking treatment when it’s cold out ensures that you won’t overheat when wearing compression gear.

Life After Treatment

Regardless of when you decide to have your varicose veins removed, there are a number of benefits that treatment provides. For instance, the vast majority of patients report feeling less pain and discomfort after the procedure, and patients whose varicose veins contribute to restless leg syndrome also say that they have a better time sleeping. In some cases, varicose veins may cause uncomfortable swelling in the legs, making normal movement painful — but the good news is that after treatment patients report having greater mobility and a better quality of life.

At Siragusa Vein & Laser, we offer several different varicose vein treatments, including sclerotherapy, endovenous ablation, and microphlebectomy. Sclerotherapy involves injecting medication into the affected veins to get them to close, while endovenous ablation uses radio waves and lasers to cauterize unhealthy veins. Microphlebectomy, on the other hand, is the process of removing veins through an incision so small it doesn’t even require hospitalization. 

If you’re seeking treatment for varicose veins or another vein-related condition, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule your free vein screening. Our team of expertly trained specialists will discuss which of these options makes the most sense for you, your budget, and your health.

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