Why Fall and Winter are the Best Time for Varicose Vein Treatment

If you have varicose veins, then you’ve probably contemplated seeking treatment many times. However, have you ever wondered if there’s an ideal time of year to begin varicose vein treatment? Believe it or not, there is.Photo courtesy of Chris Lawton from

Fall and winter are the best times of year for varicose vein treatment for a few reasons. For one thing, you can wear
 long pants that cover up any physical or cosmetic issues associated with recovery. Because dry skin makes symptoms worse, winter is the most difficult time of year for those who have varicose veins.  Lastly, you’ll want to get in early so you can begin meeting your insurance provider’s requirements as soon as possible.

To better understand why fall and winter are ideal for varicose vein treatment, we’ll cover:

  • When is the best time of year to get varicose vein treatment?
  • Varicose veins can worsen during the winter
  • Varicose veins and insurance

There’s no right or wrong time to begin treatment for varicose veins. However, you can plan your treatment in such a way where you don’t draw attention to your legs. Consider getting treated during the colder months so that you’ll be ready to fully enjoy the warmer seasons. 

When is the best time of year to get varicose vein treatment?

Depending on your personality and part of the country you live in, you may not associate fall or winter with positive things. It can be difficult to enjoy short dreary days and biting cold. Well, if you have varicose veins, then you might learn to appreciate these less than ideal months.

That’s because fall and winter are actually the best time of year to get treated for your varicose veins! They allow you to wear clothing that hides many of the less ideal aspects of varicose vein treatment such as physical and cosmetic recovery

While minimally invasive, your body still needs time to recover from varicose vein treatment and absorb your veins. The same goes for possible side-effects of varicose vein treatment. Some patients experience swelling, bruising, and redness after treatment. Getting treated during colder months allows you to wear long pants that cover up those side effects without getting overheated. 

Varicose veins can cause many people to lose self-esteem. Did you spend this past spring and summer wearing long pants in public—or avoiding being in public altogether—due to self-consciousness from your varicose veins? Don’t waste another season. Get treated during the winter and start looking forward to the warmer weather again. 

Varicose Veins and Insurance

Many people worry about whether their insurance will cover varicose vein treatment or not. Luckily, most providers will cover your treatment as long as you have paid your deductible and meet certain medical requirements. While this is a relief for some people, you may not be aware that your insurer can influence when you receive treatment.

Compression Stockings and Varicose Veins

If you’ve suffered from varicose veins for a while, there’s a good chance that you have either tried compression stockings to alleviate your symptoms or have at least read about them. What you’re probably not aware of is that most insurers have a 90 day waiting period during which they require people to at least attempt to wear compression stockings before they’ll agree to cover your treatment!

It doesn’t matter if you have worn light grade compression stockings before to alleviate your varicose vein symptoms. As far as insurance is concerned, the clock starts ticking once you have been provided a prescription for 20-30mm compression stockings. 

While this can be frustrating, it can also be beneficial if you’ve planned out your treatment. Scheduling your free consultation for when the weather gets cooler won’t just allow you to cover up your compression stockings. It will also make the process go as quickly as possible so you have summer-ready legs for shorts season!  

Don’t worry if you’re intimidated by the red tape that comes along with insurance. The team at East Tennessee Vein Clinic is able to answer any questions you may have as well as help you meet whatever requirements your insurer may have. Treating varicose veins like the ones you have is the only thing we have done for over 20 years!

What’s important is that you seek treatment for your varicose veins as soon as possible. This will ensure that your symptoms are cut off at the source. By planning your treatment to coincide with the start of fall or winter, you’ll have legs that you can’t wait to show off once the weather heats up!

Contact us at East Tennessee Vein Clinic to get help for your varicose veins. We treat varicose veins differently by eliminating the entire network of failed veins, not just large visibly bulging veins. You can contact us online, or call us at 865.686.0507 or toll-free at 866.281.VEIN.

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