Varicose veins are prevalent, affecting 1 in 4 adults. However, this doesn’t mean you have to accept their impact on your appearance. These pesky veins stand out as bulging, twisted, discolored veins most often appearing on the legs. Varicose veins can shake your confidence in your appearance. Fortunately, sclerotherapy is an effective treatment. See why sclerotherapy in winter months is an even better idea.
At One Vein Clinic in Augustine, Florida, our skilled vein expert Dr. Fawzi Farha takes varicose veins seriously and is committed to helping you look and feel your best. We frequently offer sclerotherapy to our patients for varicose veins and spider veins, especially during cooler months here in Northeast Florida.
How Varicose Veins Develop
When your veins work properly, they return deoxygenated blood to the heart, working against gravity. Veins have a series of tiny one-way valves that close after the blood goes through, preventing backward movement and ensuring that blood flows in the appropriate direction.
Varicose veins develop when vein valves are damaged and allow blood to pool in the veins, applying pressure against the vein walls. Over time, the increased pressure causes veins to become engorged with blood and appear twisted and discolored.
Varicose veins are a sign of venous insufficiency, which can cause your legs to feel heavy or achy, especially at night.
Sclerotherapy: A Minimally Invasive Varicose Vein Treatment
Sclerotherapy treats varicose veins without the need for surgical approaches like vein stripping. Treatment involves using a special medical solution to close damaged veins so that the body reroutes blood to healthy veins.
Sclerotherapy is a simple outpatient procedure that takes about an hour or less and does not require anesthesia. This not only improves the appearance of your legs, but it also improves vascular health. It’s an excellent option for patients wishing to feel more secure in their skin.
Sclerotherapy in Winter Offers Advantages over Summer
While sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure, your body still needs some time to recover. You can expect to have some bruising and swelling. Cooler months offer the prime time to slow down and take it easy so your body can heal. Elevating your legs and wearing compression socks for at least a week helps to minimize swelling.
Sclerotherapy in winter is ideal because during recovery from sclerotherapy, it’s important to protect the skin from UV rays to prevent discoloration. Wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and sweaters during cooler months naturally protects your skin from UV rays. Most importantly, the sun’s ultraviolet rays are further away and weaker during winter.
Let the One Vein Clinic team help you say good riddance to unsightly varicose veins with sclerotherapy in winter. Call 904-990-0777 to schedule a consultation with a One Vein Clinic provider or submit your request using our convenient online booking form here on our website.