Summer is gone and winter clothing is the norm now. For some, fall and winter is a chance to hide the varicose veins and spiders that have been on full display all summer long. If you have varicose veins on your legs, you may find yourself grateful that you can more easily cover up the unsightly veins with long pants, leggings or skirts. Hiding those unsightly veins is not the best solution for venous disease.
Some spider and varicose veins can be purely cosmetic and superficial, while some pose deeper, more serious problems. If your veins are accompanied by symptoms such as tiredness or achiness in your legs, particularly after standing or sitting for long periods of time, this may be a sign of a deeper problem with the valves in your veins, called venous insufficiency or “reflux.”
The veins in the legs carry blood from the feet up to the heart and it is a one-way system because the valves prevent the blood from falling backward towards the feet. When the valves do not work well, they become “leaky,” allowing blood to “reflux” backwards and pool in the lower extremities. When this happens, tiredness and achiness occurs. The appearance of spider and varicose veins is when veins fill with blood and bulge out of the skin.
Whether you’re dealing the aforementioned types of painful symptoms or are simply dissatisfied with the cosmetic appearance of spider and varicose veins, it’s important to realize that both situations can be evaluated and treated in an office setting with minimally or non-invasive techniques. Winter happens to be an ideal time to seek treatment for varicose and spider veins, and here’s why.
Post-Treatment Compression Socks Add a Layer of Warmth
Many physicians will recommend the use of graduated compression stockings before and after varicose vein treatment to boost blood circulation by applying pressure to the veins of the calves and ankles. Many insurance companies require that you try this form of treatment before approving coverage of other treatments. Patients find they are more willing to wear these compression stockings in the winter when they offer an additional layer of insulation against the cold rather than the summer when they are more difficult to tolerate.
Time To Heal
Patients who receive varicose veins treatment often find relief of symptoms such as throbbing, cramping and a heavy feeling in their legs relatively quickly after treatment. However, changes in the physical appearance of the varicose veins in the legs may take a few months to notice. After treatment, some patients experience bruising which can be hidden more easily during colder months.
Treating varicose veins in the winter allows you sufficient time to heal and to begin seeing noticeable differences in the appearance of your legs before the warm months arrive. In addition, many patients discover that their venous condition will require subsequent treatments, so the earlier they begin their treatment plan, the more likely they will achieve the results they want before the hot months return.
No Sun Damage
While your veins are healing, it is best to keep them out of the sun. The winter months are obviously a prime time to stay covered up.
Regardless of what time of year you decide to treat your venous disease, just deciding to start treatment is a step in the right direction. Call Premier Vein Specialists for a FREE Evaluation of your venous disease. The free screening will allow you to meet our staff and see if our office is the right fit for your vein health needs. Contact Premier Vein Specialists at 717-412-7226.