Winter Vein Treatments for Summer-Ready Legs
Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) affects nearly half of people over the age of 45. The symptoms of this chronic condition include restless legs, pain, aching, swelling, leg cramps and a tired heavy feeling in your lower legs. The symptoms of CVI occur due to inefficient valves in vein walls. In healthy veins, these one way valves move blood against gravity up the legs and back to the heart. When the valves stop working correctly, excess blood begins to build up in the legs causing these painful side effects. Since CVI is a progressive condition, those who don’t seek treatment for their venous insufficiency, can end up experiencing intensely itchy, dry skin, ulcers and potential blood clots.
What does winter have to do with my veins?
In the winter months, the amount of exercise people engage in, on average, declines. This lack of activity allows calf muscles to weaken, blood begins to pool in the legs, and makes it more challenging to return blood to the heart. This decrease in activity can end up making your varicose veins worse. The winter can have a negative effect on blood circulation and contribute to varicose veins. Atmospheric pressure shifts, adjusting the way our bodies handle our own weight causing circulation to become less efficient.
Recovery in the Cold
Colder seasons are harder on existing varicose veins, but for treatment and recovery, they are the perfect opportunity! After your treatment, it is important to take a day or two off and just relax. Since this time of year is about staying in with loved ones, it’s a great time to turn on a classic movie and put your feet up for a few hours. Some individuals seeking treatment with multiple diseased veins will have to have more than one procedure and beginning in the cold months will ensure that you will have the legs you’ve coveted by summer’s swimsuit season.
Harsh sun exposure should be avoided for a few weeks after treatment. This is much more simple in the winter when you cover up your legs under long pants regardless.The sunlight could weaken the top level of the skin causing overexposure. Overexposure to the sun decreases your skin’s elasticity. The sun’s rays can also cause discoloration and darkening of the skin.
Vein specialists tend to recommend that patients use compression stockings for a couple of weeks before and after treatment. Compression stockings assist recovery, and help prevent blood clots after vein treatment by aiding blood circulation. Compression stockings in the winter months also offer an additional layer of insulation against the cold and your stockings can easily be tucked away under pants, long skirts or high boots. Added winter layers may save you from potential embarrassment of having to wear medical grade clothing in public.
Take advantage of this winter and prepare to have beautiful, pain free legs by summertime! Treat your varicose veins at Alpha Vein Clinic in Las Vegas. Our friendly staff is ready to help. Come in for a consultation and find how our physician, Dr. Sassan Kaveh, and the Alpha Vein Clinic staff can make sure your veins don’t keep you from showing off your legs come summer. We have extensive experience in treating vein disease of the legs! Our clinic offers minimally invasive treatment options such as Radio Frequency Ablation and ClariVein, the newest most painless procedure. Many medical insurance companies cover all or some of the cost of treatment for this progressive disease. Call us today at 702-430- 7661 and come see us at our convenient location in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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