Your legs will look great for summer if you rest on the couch, wear compression socks, and avoid UV rays after your surgery this winter.
If you’ve been putting off varicose vein treatment, you may have good reason to make the call before the snow melts. While the specialists at the Center for Vein Restoration can perform this procedure at any time of year, patients often find the healing process is easier and more convenient during the winter.
1. Your Skin Needs Time To Heal
Warm weather is all about shorts, skirts and dresses, but following a varicose vein procedure, you can expect bruising in the thighs that can last up to a week. There may also be skin discoloration, as the blood byproducts of the treated vein can stain the area for up to a couple months. Swelling will still be visible about a month after the procedure, and it can three to six more months to fully go down. Getting your varicose veins treated now will guarantee that you can show off your legs in the warmer months.
2. UV Rays Can Cause Damage
UV rays from the sun don’t just cause varicose veins; they can also hinder your recovery process after treatment. You should keep UV rays off your legs for between three to four weeks, as sunlight can cause skin discoloration in healing legs. Because you’re more likely to be sporting long pants or tights and staying indoors during the winter months, it’s far easier to avoid damaging rays this time of year.
3. Compression Socks are More Comfortable
Compression stockings are proven to reduce the pain and bruising that accompany varicose vein surgery, and patients are typically advised to wear the socks for around two to four weeks afterward. Unfortunately, many have trouble following those guidelines — especially if they get surgery during hot months. It may be easier to keep those compression socks on in the winter, when socks add a layer of warmth, rather than during a sweltering July.
4. It’s Hibernation Season
The snowy, chilly winter months are the perfect time to spend a few days on the couch, watching TV and letting your legs recover. Reducing your activity level can be more difficult in the spring and summer, but it’s important for proper healing — excessive force from vigorous activity can actually cause the treated veins to reopen, reversing the positive effects of the treatment. The specialists at the Center for Vein Restoration suggest that you wait about seven to 10 days before you return to more strenuous activities like weightlifting, cycling, or running. Walking is fine, but you should avoid lifting anything over 20 pounds during that time.
Schedule Varicose Vein Surgery Today
If your New Year’s resolution is to improve the health and appearance of your legs, you should consult with the Center for Vein Restoration as soon as possible. We can diagnose the extent of your condition and help you choose the solution that is right for you. Our typical surgical procedures include VenaSeal, Varithena, radiofrequency or laser ablation, or a type of sclerotherapy. After the surgery, you can rest easy knowing that your legs will heal in time for summer.