Why Winter Months Are Best For Sclerotherapy

By September 16, 2019Vein Treatments
sclerotherapy in winter months

Have you been looking into getting a vein treatment for varicose or spider veins? If you have, it is important to consider the time of year to schedule your vein procedure. The healing process for your vein treatment can be more comfortable if you plan it during the winter months. Here a few reasons to consider getting sclerotherapy in winter, before it heats up for summer in Franklin, Tennessee.

Compression Socks

After a sclerotherapy treatment, a pressure wrap will be applied immediately and kept in place for about two days. When the wrap is removed, pressure will still be necessary on and around the treated area. That is where compression socks come into play. Compression socks help with bruising and pain that can result from sclerotherapy. It is advisable to wear them for two to four weeks, or what is prescribed by your doctor. During hot, summer months in Tennessee, it may be uncomfortable to wear additional clothing. They will also be harder to hide unless you don’t plan on wearing shorts or swimwear. Winter is the perfect time to heal as the stockings are easy to hide and can provide extra warmth you would have needed anyway.

Healing Time After Sclerotherapy

After your treatment, your doctor will advise you to limit the amount of activity and stress you put on your body. Exerting yourself too early can reverse the progress of your treatment. People are generally more active during the summer months, and you wouldn’t be able to participate in any strenuous activity. Winter is a better time for sclerotherapy treatment. Spending some time relaxing inside while it’s cold outside will give your body time to heal correctly.

Skin Discoloration

Exposing your skin to UV radiation can cause varicose veins as the cells are damaged over time. After a sclerotherapy treatment, sun exposure can disrupt healing further. UV rays can create skin discoloration in the treated areas if they are not given time to heal before exposure. UV radiation damages the DNA of a cell, and this weakens blood vessels and can create pigmentation changes. During winter, you’ll more likely be wearing long clothing and your skin will be protected.

Bruising

Beyond sun damage, winter is a better time for treatment because any bruising that may occur can be covered easily and comfortably with clothing. Following the procedure, you may experience bruising, swelling, and skin discoloration from the products used during treatment. Skin stains may last up to a couple of months, and swelling may take up to 6 months to entirely disappear. If you schedule your procedure early enough, your body will have time to make a full recovery, unbeknownst to anyone else. You won’t want to spend the summer hot and hiding in long clothing.

Call us today at 615-269-9007 to schedule a consultation at The Vein Centre in Franklin, Tennessee to address any varicose or spider vein issues you may have. Our goal is to provide you with the best care possible from our Board Certified Surgeons. We want to get you back on your feet quickly and with renewed confidence in your appearance.

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