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The best time to treat varicose veins

The Varicose Veins Practice in Brisbane is the leading provider of varicose vein removal. Our committed professionals find the cooler months are a perfect time to get rid of unsightly varicose veins.

1. In winter, you might be in a position to conceal that you have even received treatment.

Winter is a great time to get varicose veins removed as it is possible to conceal the signs of your treatment while wearing tights, jeans or maxis.

With thigh high/open toed compression stockings you’ll be fitted for varicose vein treatment. There are several reasons why it’s important to wear compression stockings after receiving treatment on varicose veins.

Wearing compression stockings will further reduce the already low danger of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), while wearing compression stockings following your vein treatment assists in the healing process. Compression stockings are also known to have the ability to reduce the amount of inflammation, bruising, swelling and stuck blood. It’s critical they can be worn for the prescribed period of time, as compression stockings are such an essential part of your treatment. Luckily in winter compression stockings may also act as another layer to maintain you warm and are simple to conceal.

2. It is possible to fix quicker without the heat

Hot weather can place an added strain in your veins. If your circulatory system is disposed to vein complications, or if your circulation is already weakened by varicose veins, then it is going to be crucial that you minimise your exposure. Fortunately, the cold weather provides you an opportunity to get your varicose veins removed and then gives you time to heal without the additional pressure of warm weather on your veins.

3. Prepare yourself

Within Brisbane, we have several of the most wonderful beaches on earth merely a relatively short drive away. A lot of people love visiting the seashore or swapping your track pants for shorts or a skirt. If the look of varicose veins is holding you back from hitting the beach or wearing summer clothing, our medical professionals can help.

In The Varicose Vein Clinic in Brisbane, we provide several other approaches to deal with and remove varicose veins to fit your specific condition. The outcomes of your treatment and healing in winter is going to be prepared to show off in summer, which means by the full time you’re ready to dump the warm clothes your legs will be also.

Should you leave varicose veins?

Varicose veins can potentially lead to several more serious health concerns , let alone progressing to a more significant aesthetic concern. They could create numerous health concerns while individuals with varicose veins may be troubled by their appearance.

This susceptibility can ultimately result in the vein rupturing due to pressure from an outdoor force which can lead to significant blood loss. It might cause a mess in your quality of life, while this can be almost pain-free.

At The Varicose Vein Clinic in Brisbane, we offer a wide selection of powerful, progressive and safe treatments for removing varicose veins. These treatments that are time efficient and powerful can produce outcomes that are optimum, with little to minimal bruising and distress, and all before summer!


Varicose and Spider Veins Uncovered

Varicose and spider veins are unsightly at the best of times, but did you know that varicose and spider veins can cause many other health related issues?

What are varicose and spider veins?

Veins play a very important part in the daily functioning of your body; they carry deoxygenated blood back to the heart so it can be re-oxygenated. One way valves inside these veins, also known as superficial veins, prevent the blood from travelling backward.

If these valves fail to function correctly, blood starts to pool. Over time the affected veins start to become raised, twisted, and darken in appearance, this is known as “varicose”.
The causes of spider veins are similar to those of varicose, however smaller and closer to the skin, with similar appearance to tree branches or spider webs (hence the name).

Varicose veins can lead to many health problems including but not limited to; blood clots, venous eczema, skin breakdown and ulcerations.

What are the causes of varicose and spider veins?

While an exact cause is unknown, there are many influencing factors that can contribute to varicose and spider veins. In many cases they run in families, seeming to affect women more than men. It is thought that hormonal changes as well as fluctuations of oestrogen levels may play a role in the appearance of varicose and spider veins.

Factors that may increase your risk of developing these conditions include:

  • Sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Prolonged immobility (being confined to bed)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • High heels, as they affect the proper functions of larger veins

How to prevent varicose veins and spider veins

The following suggestions may help decrease the risk of varicose veins and spider veins:

  • Wearing support stockings
  • Keeping and controlling a good weight
  • Regular exercise and stretching
  • Avoid wearing heels

Unfortunately preventing varicose veins and spider veins is not always possible but the above precautions may minimise the risk of their development.

Treatment of varicose veins

If you have already started noticing the appearance of varicose veins – don’t stress. At The Varicose Vein Clinic our expertise is in assessing and treating varicose and spider veins, offering a broad range of same day non-surgical treatments with minimal, if any, downtime to suit most people.

Endovenous Laser Ablation Procedure (ELA)

ELA is a great alternative to traditional surgery with better results, no general anaesthetic and no hospital admission. Performed under local anaesthetic, a laser fibre is placed into the vein and the heat and light energy ‘welds’ the vein shut. The vein will then be absorbed back into the body. You can be back at work the next day.
For more information on ELA, click here.

Sclerotherapy and Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

Most commonly used to treat spider veins, a sclerosant is injected into the vein. This procedure used to use saline injections which were quite painful. Modern sclerosants provide better results with minimal discomfort.  30 minutes of walking is required post treatment to encourage healing. For more information on sclerotherapy, click here.

Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy (UGS), is sclerotherapy performed with the guidance of an ultrasound image. This treatment is used for varicose veins. More information on UGS can be found here.

Treat varicose veins and spider veins at The Varicose Vein Clinic

We have clinics located in Greenslopes and Robina, so if you suffer from varicose or spider veins and like the idea of a minimally invasive procedure with no downtime, contact us today. 


What causes swollen ankles?

Swollen ankles can be due to a number of reasons, and while swelling doesn’t generally pose a significant health risk, if symptoms persist for a period of time you should consider consulting with a doctor.

Peripheral edema refers to an accumulation of fluid in the lower extremities also known as foot, leg and ankle swelling. This build-up of fluid is not typically painful unless it is due to an injury, and swelling is often made more prevalent in these areas due to gravity.

What are the main causes of swollen ankles?

There are many potential causes that could have made your ankles swell: most of these causes are influenced by lifestyle conditions or medications, such as:

  • Excess weight
  • Prolonged periods of standing, or alternatively prolonged periods of immobility (ie plane trips)
  • Taking estrogen or testosterone boosters
  • Certain medications such as blood pressure tablets or antidepressants (tricyclics or MAO inhibitors)
  • Steroids
  • Natural changes during a woman’s menstrual cycle
  • Pregnancy and preeclampsia (pregnancy condition which causes high blood pressure)
  • Sprain
  • Leg infections
  • Venous insufficiency / varicose veins (resulting in blood not being pumped adequately via the veins)
  • Injury
  • Cirrhosis

How do varicose veins influence ankle swelling?

Varicose veins are veins which have dilated due to a weakening in the vessel wall. Varicose veins may appear as swollen, twisted clusters of blue or purple veins, these veins return the blood to your heart so it can be recycled. The muscles in your lower legs act as pumps to help defy gravity and push the blood back up by opening tiny valves to allow blood flow before closing to prevent the blood draining backward. If these valves fail, the fluid begins to pool and the lack of circulation causes swelling.  At The Varicose Vein Clinic we offer a range of treatments to help combat varicose veins, which could help you to combat swollen ankles.

Can you treat swollen ankles at home?

Yes, if you do not feel that your swelling has come on as a result of a serious injury, there are a number of measures you can try in the comfort of your own home to assist in the relief of your swollen ankles as it occurs (and hopefully prevent future relapses). Here are some tips:

  • If swelling is due to inactivity, stay active and focus on exercising the legs
  • If swelling is due to injury (sprain, for example), elevate the ankle and apply a cold press
  • Try and reduce salt intake
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Wear support stockings where possible
  • Don’t wear tight clothing
  • Make an effort to move around during long travel trips (planes, cars)

When should you call a doctor?

While in many cases a swollen ankle can be a result of standing too long, it may also be a sign of something more serious. If you experience any of the following in conjunction with your swollen ankle, you should contact a doctor.

  • Pressure, pain, tightness in chest
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Feeling faint
  • Shortness of breath, trouble breathing
  • You have tried the home care methods and have not been successful
  • The swelling is increasing

Your doctor will ask you when you first noticed the swelling, what time of day the swelling appears worse (if applicable) and if you are experiencing any other symptoms. For more information, contact The Varicose Vein Clinic.

What causes swollen ankles with The Varicose Vein Clinic Robina and Greenslopes

 If the cause of your swollen ankles is linked to varicose veins, The Varicose Vein Clinic can help. For a treatment with minimal down time, contact The Varicose Vein Clinic today and arrange a time discuss your options.


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