Why Winter is the Best Time to Banish Spider Veins With Sclerotherapy

Does the thought of swimsuit season make you shudder due to unsightly spider veins on your legs? Do you embrace winter because you don’t have to worry about anyone seeing those spider veins? 

You may adopt an “out of sight, out of mind” mindset during the cold winter months when you cover up your body with pants, jackets, and scarves. However, winter is actually the best time to get rid of spider veins. Dr. Gary Palmer, lead medical aesthetician at Advanced Laser and Cosmetic Center, explains why in this article. 

What are spider veins?

Spider veins occur when blood vessels become damaged or weak, which is usually the result of a condition called venous insufficiency. When this happens, blood can pool at valve sites that aren’t working properly, leading to swollen veins that appear bright red or blue under the skin. 

In contrast to large, twisted varicose veins, spider veins are typically very small and feathery, and they can appear on your face in addition to your body. 

What is sclerotherapy? 

Sclerotherapy is the gold standard for spider vein treatment. Dr. Palmer injects a medicated solution into your affected veins, which irritates the veins and causes them to collapse. Over time, your body eliminates the treated veins and they disappear. Meanwhile, your body reroutes blood flow to healthy veins. 

After sclerotherapy treatment, you’ll likely be instructed to wear a compression stocking or bandage for a couple of weeks to promote healing. You’ll also need to avoid strenuous exercise and sun exposure for two weeks.

Why treat spider veins in the winter?

As the saying goes, “Summer bodies are made in the winter.” When people say this, they’re usually referring to losing weight and building muscle, but it also applies to spider veins and other conditions. Nothing happens overnight — it takes time for your body to respond to spider vein treatment, just as it takes time for your body to respond to diet and exercise. 

It can take several sessions spread out over up to eight weeks to see optimal results from sclerotherapy. If you begin sclerotherapy in the winter, you’ll have the smooth, even complexion you want come summer. If you wait until the weather warms up to start your treatment regimen, you’ll end up spending another summer hiding your spider veins. 

Plus, exposure to UV rays can impede the healing process from sclerotherapy and mess with your results. It’s best to avoid UV exposure during sclerotherapy treatment, and there’s no better time to do that than during the cold winter months. 

To get a jumpstart on your summer skin, visit Dr. Palmer at Advanced Laser and Cosmetic Center. Schedule an appointment by calling one of our three convenient Ohio locations.

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