Varicose veins and spider veins aren’t just unsightly. They’re dysfunctional veins that can impede your normal, healthy circulation and cause itching, throbbing, and pain. The varicose veins you notice tend to be on the surface of your skin, and they usually manifest as bulging blue or purple vessels. But varicose veins can also form in deeper tissues and lead to serious complications, such as blood clots.
The vein specialists at Eterna Vein & Medical Aesthetics in Puyallup, Washington, offer a number of state-of-the-art treatments for varicose veins and their smaller relatives, spider veins.
While you may not be thinking about your varicose veins or spider veins when they’re under wraps against the chilly air, winter’s actually the best time to treat them.
Get free of unsightly veins in time for summer
If you tend to procrastinate, leaving your vein treatment for a later date could find you unprepared for a spontaneous beach day or that rare morning when the sun blazes down in the middle of spring. Although vein treatment is simple, you may need a few days to heal after your therapy, and you may also need to keep the treated area out of the sun for a number of weeks.
If you have your treatment now, by the time summer rolls around, you won’t have to decline taking part in summer activities. You’ll be able to slip into shorts or a bathing suit on your first free, sunny day.
How dysfunctional veins are treated
The basic method of treating spider veins and varicose veins is to collapse them. Once a vein has collapsed, your circulatory system will reroute the flow of blood in that area, and over time the spider vein or varicose vein will fade away.
Some of the treatments that can collapse spider veins and varicose veins include :
Venefit™ radiofrequency ablation
Varithena® injectable microfoam
VenaSeal™ medical adhesive
Laser sclerotherapy or laser vein therapy
While you’re recovering from your vein treatment, you may need to wear compression garments to control swelling and increase your comfort. While compression garments are easy to hide under winter pants and tights, they won’t look great with gym shorts or skirts. If you have your veins treated now, you can cover up while you recover.
Staying out of the sun
After vein treatment, your Eterna Vein & Medical Aesthetics specialist will likely advise you to keep the treated area covered to avoid the sun’s UVA and UVB rays for 3-8 weeks. Sun exposure can make your skin dry and less elastic, which could cause your capillaries and veins to constrict. And vein therapy makes your skin more sensitive to UV light. Since there’s not as much sun in the winter, it’s easier to keep your treated area out of the sun’s rays during winter.
If you want to get rid of your varicose veins or spider veins in time for summer, book an appointment online or over the phone with Eterna Vein & Medical Aesthetics today.