Vein Health

Treat Your Varicose Veins in Winter

On behalf of the entire Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre team, we wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2021! We also wish to inform you that our clinic is partially closed and following all COVID-19 safety procedures. Our team, however, is still here to offer treatments to those who wish to book appointments.

Now, it’s pretty cold out there! Many people are actually glad that colder times are here. The main reason is because the cold allows them to cover up their legs with long pants and jeans. Unsightly spider and varicose veins are cited as the culprits for the wish to keep those legs hidden. Warmer weather presents difficulties for them because it doesn’t make it easy to keep their spider and varicose veins hidden.

What factors can lead to the appearance of varicose veins?

Varicose veins can literally come out of nowhere and impact anyone at any time. In fact, about a quarter of the adult population struggles with both spider and varicose veins. When the veins in our legs don’t function as they should, they can keep blood from flowing back and forth. These faulty valves create a pooling of blood that forces the veins to bulge. As a result, they become a lot more visible – much to the dismay of the veins’ owners.

In many cases, varicose veins are actually genetic conditions. However, there are a number of other factors that can lead to their appearance. They include age, pregnancy and obesity. The heavier a person is, the more pressure they put on their legs. This contributes to the pooling of blood in the veins and therefore, their visibility through the skin. As well, individuals who have careers that require them to stand for long periods of time may find themselves battling with spider and varicose veins in their legs.

What is the best way to treat spider and varicose veins?

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we proudly offer sclerotherapy which is a safe and effective treatment for eliminating or reducing spider and varicose veins. It is both a cosmetic treatment, which helps to rid patients of their small, surface spider veins and a medical treatment that helps to remove deep, large varicose veins.

With this treatment, a medication is injected directly into the veins, creating scar tissue in the lining that will work to close them. An ultrasound is used to map the veins and guide the injections which provide a faster and safer alternative to vein stripping. Without treating varicose veins, an individual may end up suffering from dermatitis, ulcers, swelling, fatigued legs, night cramping and pain.

What makes the winter a great time to treat spider and varicose veins?

The winter season offers more opportunities to keep legs covered, enabling those who are having their legs treated to keep their legs protected from the sun. This is helpful because sun exposure following treatment may cause discolouration. It is also more comfortable during the winter to wear compression stockings which are recommended for patients following sclerotherapy treatments.

If you have any questions or wish to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to call us at 403-358-5818. You may also email us.