Varicose veins that are aesthetically unpleasant or trigger pain can be treated with modern technologies. Restorative measures such as sclerotherapy and phlebectomy are proven safe and effective in eliminating varicose veins, but the recovery time and experience can be very different.
A common treatment for spider veins, sclerotherapy uses a tiny needle to inject veins with a sclerosant solution to irritate the vein’s lining. This causes the veins to collapse, get reabsorbed, and no longer be visible on the skin’s surface. The strength and type of sclerosant used depends on the vein’s location and size. Sclerotherapy is a safe and minimally invasive procedure that anyone with unsightly spider veins can undergo to prevent further complications.
Most people will need more than one sclerotherapy session. The number of sessions will depend on the number and type of veins being treated. Obviously, spider veins at the early stages are the easiest to treat. Sclerotherapy is done right in our office, in 20-45 minutes, under local anesthesia, and causes only slight discomfort.
Sclerotherapy cost varies among patients; a good estimate would be between $200-400 per session. Sclerotherapy costs will also depend on several factors, such as number of veins treated, size of veins, and area where the veins are. Sclerotherapy can cost a lot more than compression stockings; however, for its long term effectiveness and convenience, it’s well worth every penny. There’s very minimal down time for this procedure and most patients can go right back to their daily activities after a sclerotherapy session. Since Sclerotherapy is considered as a cosmetic treatment, insurance companies do not offer coverage for this treatment.
Phlebectomy or vein removal surgery is a more expensive procedure. Unlike sclerotherapy, a phlebotomy can typically be completed in just one visit. Costs will also depend on a range of factors, although the general range is approximately $1000 per leg. Generally, when a Phlebectomy is medically necessary, your insurance company may provide coverage for it.
The biggest downside to Phlebectomy is the recovery period after surgery. While some patients experience a quick recovery, many report prolonged pain and a difficult recovery. While pain medications are available, after the surgery you may need to take time off work.
There are many reasons why more people decide to have sclerotherapy, but the main ones are that it is a minimally invasive procedure and offers a quick recovery time. Call us today to schedule a free evaluation to discuss procedure will work best for you.
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