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Preparing Your Veins for Summer


Caring for Your Veins During Summer

Between wanting to prepare for shorts, dress, and swimsuit season to seeking relief from symptoms, now is the perfect time to start caring for your veins.

Keep reading to learn why you should start treatments for your varicose or spider veins at Albert Vein Institute so you can enjoy all of your favorite activities this summer.

Can I Hide My Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are weaker, thinner, and present themselves as thick, twisted, cord-like tubing underneath your skin. The early stages of varicose veins don’t always show themselves on the surface of your skin, so it’s best to keep an eye out for other symptoms of vein disease besides simply visible veins.

Other symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • Cramping
  • Swelling
  • Heaviness
  • Restlessness

When patients first develop varicose veins, they often wonder if their veins will always look bulging and swollen, as well as how to improve their appearance.

Why Veins Seem Larger During the Summer

Blood vessels expand in response to certain environmental situations — such as hot summer temperatures. This means your veins will enlarge to help your body cool itself by increasing blood flow towards the skin. Unfortunately, it may also worsen symptoms of venous insufficiency by increasing the volume of blood held in the vein.

In addition to treatment, here are some tips to help you manage your vein condition over the summer months:

  • Keep cool.
  • Avoid just standing or sitting around for long periods.
  • Wear compression stockings.
  • Exercise.
  • Elevate your legs and allow the legs to rest at points throughout the day.

Treating Varicose Veins

While every patient has different needs and meets different qualifications, these are some of the common treatments for varicose and spider veins:

  • Compression Stockings Therapy
  • CoolTouch™ (Endovenous Laser Ablation)
  • Venclose Radiofrequency Ablation
  • ClosureFast ( Venefit)
  • Microphlebectomy (Ambulatory Phlebectomy)
  • Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy

Since the procedures are done to treat varicose and spider veins are minimally invasive, you typically can be back to your regular schedule and activities in just a few days!

Do I Need Vein Treatment?

While it’s true that varicose and spider vein treatments can be done at any time in the year, spring is the best time to start treatments. As Coloradans, summer means taking advantage of a variety of outdoor activities that keep you on your feet.

Here are the tour four reasons why you should undergo vein treatment before summer:

1. Your Confidence Will Increase

Many of our patients that have varicose or spider veins tend to feel insecure about the appearance of their legs when they wear a dress during a formal occasion or shorts during warmer weather. At Albert Vein Institute, Dr. Albert uses a combination of phlebectomy and saphenous vein ablation treatments to treat varicose veins, closing off the affected veins, and reducing your symptoms.

With treatments eliminating the appearance of your bulging veins, you’ll regain the confidence to wear whatever you’d like, whenever you want.

2. The Summer Sun’s UV Rays Can Hinder Your Treatments

As with other procedures, the sun’s UV rays can limit or damage the success of your varicose vein treatment. UV light can cause discoloration near the sight of your vein treatment. It’s best to avoid direct sun exposure for 3-4 weeks following your appointment, so getting started now will help ensure you don’t need to spend a single Colorado summer day indoors.

3. Treatments Are Minimally Invasive

Some vein treatments are minimally invasive, this means you can continue to carry out your normal schedule without the need for downtime. Additionally, some spider vein treatments such as sclerotherapy are cosmetic in nature and are therefore minimally invasive and non-surgical. With little to no downtime, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy everything Colorado has to offer this summer.

4. You’ll Have Results Before Summer

Summer is a short season — which means you want to make the most out of this period of fun outdoor activities. With vein treatments, you’ll be able to enjoy everything this season — from hiking to golfing or white water rafting!

In addition to the appearance of your veins, you can also rid yourself of many of the symptoms associated with them; vein treatments treat varicose veins and therefore can reduce any sensations of burning, soreness, or swelling.

Varicose Vein Treatment in Colorado

As Lone Tree and Colorado Springs’ leading expert in vein disease and treatment, Albert Vein Institute is dedicated to using leading-edge technologies to correct both medical and cosmetic vein issues with shorter recovery times and improved long-term results.

Contact our team today to learn more about your treatment options.