Why Fall is a Great Time for Treating Varicose Veins
As temperatures fall and leaves turn gold, you should consider treating your varicose veins.
Thinking about treating your varicose veins? Now that fall and cooler temperatures have arrived, it just might be the right time to finally seek therapy for those painful veins on your legs.
Why? Autumn offers myriad benefits that promote successful healing after varicose vein treatment. So if you’re considering visiting a vein specialist, you should book that appointment while the leaves are changing.
Why Fall is a Great Time to Treat Your Varicose Veins
Today’s varicose vein treatments involve minimally invasive surgical procedures that use heat or sealing agents to collapse the damaged vein, causing it to disappear as blood shifts to healthy veins. While these treatments are safe and effective, you do have to take some precautions during your recovery period. Fortunately, during the fall months, your recovery is made easier. Here’s why.
- Cooler Weather. If you’ve ever spent a summer dealing with varicose veins, you know the discomfort and swelling increases as temperatures rise. That’s because heat dilates the vein, increasing the amount of blood and causing the vein to pop out from under the skin and form a visible blue or purple varicose vein. If you receive varicose vein treatments in the fall, the cooler temperatures don’t irritate the veins as the hot weather does. As a result, your veins will heal faster in the fall.
- Long Pants Season. After varicose vein treatment, it’s normal to experience some minor swelling and bruising. In autumn, when your wardrobe consists of long pants and skirts, it’s easier to keep your legs safe and covered up. It’s also easier to protect your legs from the harmful UV rays of the sun as you recover in the fall.
- Healing Takes Time. Although varicose vein treatments generally take an hour or so in a doctor’s office, the recovery period lasts several weeks — and exercising is an important component in repairing varicose veins. Working out during fall’s cooler conditions is more comfortable than in hot weather. Cooler weather combined with more protective clothing gives your veins the time needed to heal completely — just in time for spring and summer.
- Easier to Wear Compression Stockings. After treatment, you may be asked to wear compression stockings. These super-elastic garments squeeze the veins so blood moves upward to the heart rather than pooling in the veins and causing varicose veins. While compression stockings aid healing, they can be particularly uncomfortable to wear when temperatures soar — but they offer another layer of warmth in autumn’s brisk weather.
- Insurance Coverage. Although you should always check with your insurance company before seeking treatment to ensure you’re covered, your optimal time for coverage may be the fall. As the year ends, you’ve likely reached your deductible and copay maximums, so you’ll have less out-of-pocket costs.
Time to Treat Your Varicose Veins?
Now that you know why fall is the best time to treat your varicose veins, don’t delay any longer. Reach out to the vein specialists at the Center for Vein Restoration to discuss your therapy options. We can help you decide which one is right for you. Contact us today for an appointment.