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2015-12-15

Varicose Veins in the Winter

 

The cold weather months are among us. If you are one of the millions of people affected by varicose veins, you can finally stop stressing about how to cover your unsightly varicose veins. Have you ever considered eliminating your varicose veins for good? Lucky for you, winter is the perfect time to seek varicose vein treatment.  Non-surgical, minimally invasive treatments can get you back to the old you. Read on to discover why winter is the best season for varicose vein treatment.

Added Warmth

Before and after treatment, patients are recommended to wear compression socks. They boost circulation by applying pressure to the veins of the calves and ankles. While these socks may be uncomfortable throughout the warmer seasons, winter months are the best time to take on an extra layer of warmth.

Waiting Period

Relief of symptoms such as throbbing, cramping and a heavy feeling in legs, happens relatively quickly after treatment. However, the physical appearance of the varicose veins is a more gradual process. Most patients do not see a significant difference in appearance until a few months post-treatment.

Healing Period

In addition to the physical appearance of treated veins, the healing process can take some time as well. Treating your varicose veins in the winter allows you a sufficient amount of time to heal.

Each Case is Unique

Additionally, it’s not always certain if you will need subsequent treatments. Each case is unique. Treating your varicose veins in the winter ensures there is ample time for bikini-ready legs come summer.

Enjoy A Stress-Free Summer!

Maybe the best reason to get treated in the winter is so you can enjoy your summer! Live care-free, as summers should be. Head to the beach with your family and never think twice about being self-conscious about your varicose veins.

Who Makes A Good Candidate?

Candidates for varicose vein treatment exhibit any of the following characteristics in their veins:

  • Large, bulging veins on your legs
  • Veins that are swollen, red, or warm to the touch
  • Skin discoloration or texture changes

What Should You Expect?

Treatment of varicose veins is a multi-step process that requires several visits to our office.  Many members of our team will be involved throughout all phases of treatment. There are 6 steps to the varicose vein treatment process.

1. An initial evaluation that will take roughly 30 to 45 minutes. Keep in mind this evaluation may require an ultrasound that will take an additional 45 minutes.

2. The Venous Ultrasound is an in-depth ultrasound. The sonographer will examine and map out the veins in your legs, noting any abnormal or diseased veins. This takes about 45 minutes.

3. A pre-procedure appointment with your nurse practitioner. This will take about 45 minutes.

4. The actual treatment, which requires a driver on deck, since medication administered will make you unable to drive home safely. The next leg will be treated 1 to 4 weeks out from the initial leg. This procedure takes approximately 2 to 3 hours per treatment.

5. Post procedure ultrasound approximately a week after each treatment. This takes about 30 to 45 minutes.

6. Finally the follow-up appointment. This is usually scheduled about 6 weeks out from your treatment. This will take about a half hour.

About Via Vascular

Do you have varicose veins or spider veins? Trust the experts at Via Vascular. Our doctors offer minimally invasive Seattle varicose vein treatment, including endovenous laser treatment and microphlebectomy. Schedule an appointment today to find out if you are a candidate for treatment by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346 or by filling out our online contact form.

 

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