Treating Varicose Veins is Stress Free During Colder Months
Sometimes it pays to schedule treatments around the weather—and that is particularly true where varicose veins are concerned. Cooler weather makes it easier for you to cover up bruising or other issues with long pants, and you won’t have to worry about sweltering! Read below to find out more about treating varicose veins.
Ways to Treat Varicose Veins
There are many common treatments for varicose veins. Some of these things include:
- Compression stockings, which will help improve your circulation.
- Self-care measures such as weight loss, exercise, and avoiding tight clothing.
- Elevating your legs when laying down.
- Avoid sitting or standing for too long.
- Sclerotherapy, during which doctors inject foam to close the veins, enabling them to fade over the course of a few weeks.
- Laser treatments can also be used to close veins, which will make them disappear over time.
- Phlebectomy or endoscopic vein surgery, both of which are outpatient procedures in which a doctor removes the varicose veins.
What to Expect After Your Procedure
With some procedures, like laser treatments or phlebectomy, there can be some redness, bruising or other cosmetic concerns. Discomfort, bruising and other issues will be minimal and should fade within two weeks of the procedure.
Once home, it can help to put an ice pack over inflamed areas to reduce swelling. If incisions were necessary, you’ll also want to check them each day. For the next week or two, avoid hot baths as well as prolonged sitting or standing. When you are sitting or laying down, it helps to elevate your legs. Walking up to three times per day for 10 to 20 minutes can improve circulation.
Colder Months and Cozy Sweatpants Make for Stress Free Treatment
For many, bruising or marks left from small incisions can not only cause discomfort, but stress over their appearance. This is one reason why some people prefer to have these procedures done during colder months rather than during shorts season. When it’s cooler outside, those cozy sweatpants won’t be unbearably hot—and they’re soft and comfortable enough to not further irritate your legs.
Make Sure to Wear Compression Stockings Under Your Day Clothes
While at work or during the day, make sure to wear compression stockings. They’ll help to improve circulation, which is beneficial for healing, and they’ll help prevent blood clots, too. As an added advantage, they may reduce irritation by preventing your regular clothes from rubbing up against irritated skin.
Contact Us at Vein & Vascular
Varicose veins are a treatable condition, which means that if you are suffering from discomfort, we can help. At Vein & Vascular Institute, you can get a diagnosis or learn more about your treatment options. For more information or to learn which options could be best for you, schedule a consult today.