February 16, 2022
As we enter the winter months, it’s probably fair to say that your legs won’t be on display very much. Now is the season of wooly jumpers, thick jeans and jackets, and curling up under a blanket. But while the appearance of your legs might be the last thing on your mind right now, it’s important to bear in mind that springtime will be coming back around before we know it. This of course, means shorts, skirts - and for some of us, feeling self-conscious about our legs.
It’s easy to put varicose veins out of our minds during the colder months, but in our experience, this is actually the best time to get treatment. So if you’ve been putting off getting your veins treated, keep reading to find out why now is the best time to take that leap…
If you’re looking to get spider veins treated, these are generally removed through Veinwave (thermal coagulation) for the face and Micro Sclerotherapy for the legs. Varicose veins may run deeper and are best diagnosed through Duplex ultrasound, before being treated through Radiofrequency Ablation or Sclerotherapy.
While recovery time for these procedures is generally very fast, meaning you’ll be able to get back to normal life quickly, it can take a while for your legs to visibly heal. How long this takes will vary from person to person, and will also depend on the size of the veins being treated. But whichever procedure your doctor chooses, you’ll benefit from starting your treatment in the winter - and here’s why...
Having your legs covered up by warm winter clothing can be used to your advantage in the case of vein treatments. Here are a few things that make this season the best for getting treatment:
After setting up an appointment, your specialist doctor will meet you for your initial consultation. During this consultation they will make sure you fully understand your options. A standard varicose vein consultation, including scanning (which isn’t necessary for spider veins), takes around 45 minutes. Once you understand and agree on your suggested course of action, you’ll arrange a time for your actual treatment. All treatments are minimally invasive with no general anaesthetic needed, meaning you’ll be able to walk in and out of the clinic on the same day.
After your treatment you’ll come back for a follow-up consultation, which will include another ultrasound scan to make sure that your recovery is progressing smoothly. You should be able to get back to your normal routine almost immediately while your legs recover, although you may need to wear compression socks for a time (as mentioned above).
Winter is the perfect time to start your varicose vein or spider vein treatments, giving your legs time to recover. Get ready to show them off next summer!
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