Do you suffer from Spider Veins?
Spider veins are weblike networks of blood vessels that appear on the legs and feet due to dilated capillaries. Our veins have tiny one-way valves in them that can become weak and instead of pushing the blood in one direction (to the heart) the blood can flow in the opposite direction and accumulate in the vein. Extra pressure is put on these veins and they begin to bulge, forming spider or varicose veins.
Most of the time spider veins do not cause any symptoms but sometimes they can be painful and cause a burning sensation after standing for a long period of time. This condition is usually harmless but it can make you self-conscious about the way your legs look.
What causes Spider Veins?
Genetics can play a role in a person’s likelihood of developing spider veins. If your direct relatives have spider veins then you are more likely at risk. They can develop if you frequently sit or stand for long durations of time. They can also form during the natural aging process, sun exposure, hormonal changes, or, an injury.
If you have unsightly spider veins and would like to eliminate them, a sclerotherapy vein treatment may be the perfect solution for you!
What is a Sclerotherapy Treatment and how does it Work?
Sclerotherapy is a medical treatment that can eliminate or lessen the visible signs of spider veins and varicose veins and is normally performed on the legs.
Sclerotherapy treatments work through the use of chemical injections given by a qualified doctor into the problem veins. The injected chemical solution causes the blood vessel lining to collapse and stick together which closes off that vein. Once the vein is closed, the blood reroutes to healthy veins and the others fade from visibility.
These treatments effectively reduce or eliminate spider veins and most doctors also prefer to use sclerotherapy for varicose veins that are smaller as their treatment of choice.
How long does a Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Treatment take?
Spider veins injections usually take less than 30 minutes to perform but the time may vary depending on how severe or numerous the veins are in the treatment area.
How long does it take to see results from Sclerotherapy Treatments and are the Results Permanent?
Normally, some results can be seen immediately after the procedure, but the final results of a spider vein procedure may take 3 to 6 weeks and the results of the treatment on varicose veins may take 3-4 months to manifest.
The results of sclerotherapy vein treatments are most often permanent however it is possible for the patient to develop new spider veins in the future.
How much does a Sclerotherapy Vein Treatment cost?
The cost of a sclerotherapy vein treatment will vary depending on many factors which may include, the type of vein problem being treated and the extent of the vein issue to be treated (how many veins need to be treated, etc.). You can find some pricing information on our Pricing Page.
Keep in mind, this is a self-pay, all-inclusive price. The actual price may vary based on the use of insurance and the patient’s current health status, the use of additional resources, and so on. We offer financing options for qualified patients.
Are there any Risks Associated with Sclerotherapy?
Risks associated with sclerotherapy include swelling, itching, and skin color changes in the treated area.
Phlebectomy is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that removes surface varicose veins using a scalpel. There are two basic types of phlebectomy: Ambulatory and Transilluminated Powered Phlebectomy (TIPP).
An ambulatory phlebectomy is usually performed in a doctor’s office using local anesthesia. First, a local anesthetic fluid is injected into the area of varicose vein clusters to be treated. The doctor then uses a small scalpel or needle to puncture the skin next to the varicose vein, inserts a small hook into the hole, grasps the vein, and removes it. The area is covered with a compression bandage and/or compression stockings. No stitches are required and the scars are nearly imperceptible.
The patient is able to walk immediately following the procedure, which is often performed following the VenaCure EVLT™ procedure to remove any large surface veins left behind after the procedure. The possible risks of ambulatory phlebectomy include an allergic reaction to the anesthetic and localized numbness.
Transilluminated Powered Phlebectomy
Transilluminated Powered Phlebectomy (TIPP) is similar to ambulatory phlebectomy but slightly more invasive. It is performed on an outpatient basis in an operating room under light anesthesia. After making two small incisions near the varicose vein, the surgeon inserts a tumescent cannula illuminator (TCI) that contains a fiber optic light that makes the veins easily visible. Fluid containing a local anesthetic is infused under the skin, loosening the vein from the surrounding tissue.
A vein remover instrument is guided to the vein, which is suctioned into the instrument where it is cut into small pieces and removed. Thanks to a large amount of local anesthetic used, patients usually awake without any pain and are able to return home in about an hour. They can return to their normal activities immediately and work within a few days. Strenuous activity should be limited for up to two weeks. As with any surgery, there are some potential complications including a risk of infection and hyperpigmentation (skin discoloration).
How much does a Phlebectomy Procedure cost?
The average cost of phlebectomy ranges between $1200-1500* for self-pay patients and includes all fees. The price may vary based on the use of insurance, the current health profile of the patient, and the use of additional resources. Qualified patients can also choose from a few financing options.
If you are interested in learning more about sclerotherapy for spider veins or varicose veins, set up a consultation today. At the Advanced Vein Center of IBI Healthcare Institute, board-certified surgeons offer sclerotherapy and phlebectomy treatments. Book your appointment today to inquire more about the procedure and insurance coverage.