Why Winter is a Great Time to Treat Varicose Veins

Whether you’ve only recently developed varicose veins  or you’ve been living with them for a while, you may be glad to learn that those veins aren’t functional, and you can live without them very well, thank you. In fact, varicose veins aren’t just an eyesore, they actually may impede your circulation because they aren’t pushing your blood forward to your heart efficiently and easily.

At Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center in Trenton, New Jersey, our vascular specialist, Imtiaz Ahmad, MD, recommends the chilly days of winter as the best time to treat varicose veins. When you start treatment now, you recover discreetly, and reveal beautiful, vein-free legs just as the summer sun starts to light up the sky.

Why varicose veins just don’t work

As you age, the walls of your veins lose elasticity. If you’re overweight, pregnant, or stand on your feet all day, the extra pounds and stress add even more pressure to the veins that run down your legs.

With wear-and-tear and time, the one-way valves in your veins that push your blood forward — away from your legs and toward your heart — lose their strength. Instead of pushing your blood and immediately closing to prevent backflow, the valves can’t really move your blood forward and don’t close completely, either. The blood starts to pool in the portion of the vein that’s behind the valve, and may even flow slightly backward, a condition known as venous insufficiency

The worn-out vein walls start to bulge and twist, creating the characteristic gnarled, torqued, and engorged appearance of varicose veins. Your legs are now marred by bulging blue, purple, and red veins that aren’t doing their work well anymore.

Varicose veins can hurt, too

Though most varicose veins don’t cause symptoms, the pressure on your veins may make your legs feel achy and painful. You may also have difficulty standing for long periods of time. Untreated varicose veins might become itchy and even cause your skin to ulcerate.

While compression garments and taking breaks from standing can help ease the discomfort, a more permanent solution is to remove the dysfunctional veins. Once your varicose veins are gone, your body immediately reroutes your circulation to healthy veins, improving blood flow and comfort.

Say good-bye to varicose veins today

Dr. Ahmad removes or dissolves varicose veins with a variety of effective therapies. Choices include:

He may use more than one approach, depending on how many varicose veins or spider veins (i.e., small, broken capillaries) you have.

Cover up as you recover

Once your varicose veins have been removed or dissolved, you need to wear compression garments to minimize swelling and aid your body as it reroutes your circulation. Compression garments aren’t exactly the height of fashion, so winter clothing — such as pants and tights — present the perfect camouflage.

Within a few days to a week, you can stop wearing the compression garments. However, you may still have a bit of bruising and even some scarring, especially if you had microphlebectomy. Luckily, cold weather gives you the perfect excuse to keep your legs under wraps until they’re fully healed.

By the time spring rolls around, your legs are good to go … anywhere, in anything. Feel free to wear summer fashions without worrying about unsightly varicose veins. Also talk to Dr. Ahmad about what kinds of lifestyle changes you can make — including losing weight and adding in more exercise — to prevent new varicose veins from developing in the future.

To get started on your summer legs, book your varicose vein treatment today. Call our friendly office team at 609-890-2966 or send us an online message. 

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