If you’re considering getting treatment for varicose veins, wintertime is an ideal time. Of course, the best time is always the one that works with your life and your schedule, but consider these unique advantages to having vein treatment in the winter.
Advantages of Wintertime Varicose Vein Treatment
Treatment for varicose veins is safe, effective and minimally invasive no matter when you get it done, but having the treatment done in the winter months gives you several advantages over having it done in the summer months:
Wearing Compression Stockings Is Much More Comfortable
Compression stockings are recommended for the first few days after treatment to promote faster healing by keeping the blood pumping more efficiently through the veins in your legs. Because they are made of elastic and fit snugly, wearing stockings in the cold winter months is a lot more comfortable than wearing them in the hot summertime when you don’t want the extra layer for warmth.
It’s Easier to Avoid the Sun
After vein treatment, you will be instructed to avoid direct sunlight for several weeks because exposure to UV rays can cause skin discoloration. This is a lot easier to accomplish in the winter months when you wear long pants and spend most of your time indoors.
Minor Bruising Is Hidden by Long Pants
While the various treatments available (sclerotherapy, laser or radiofrequency ablation, and ambulatory phlebectomy) leave no permanent marks, you may have some bruising and discoloration of the skin for a week or two after the procedures. Because you wear long pants in the winter, you won’t have to worry about hiding these like you would in the summer when shorts are the norm.
You’re Naturally Less Active in the Winter
While you can return to most normal activities within hours after vein treatment, it is recommended that you avoid strenuous exercise for the first few weeks. Running, lifting heavy objects, or anything that might tax the muscles in your legs could cause veins to reopen. In the winter, we tend to be less active than in the summer, so it should be easier to avoid these activities.
Having the procedure in the winter means that by the time it’s shorts and swimsuit season, your legs will look great. Don’t put it off if you know you’re going to need it anyway. Do it now and you’ll be so glad come summer.
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