Varicose veins affect so many different people, and all to a different degree. Freshtetic understands the pains these can cause – both physically and psychologically. We offer a safe, effective treatment called Sclerotherapy, which ultimately reduces and eliminates the appearance of varicose veins.
What is Sclerotherapy for varicose veins?
Sclerotherapy for varicose veins involves injecting a chemical, sclerosant, into a varicose vein to damage the inside lining of the vein, causing the vein to seal and eventually disappear over time.
How does Sclerotherapy work?
Before the sclerotherapy procedure, the area to be treated is cleaned with alcohol. The medication is then injected into the vein, causing the lining of the vein to become irritated, swell up, and block blood flow. Over time, the vein becomes scar tissue and disappears.
What are the medical conditions that Sclerotherapy treats?
Sclerotherapy is used to treat:
- spider veins
- varicose veins
- symptoms associated with these conditions, such as burning sensations, aching, and swelling
Are there any side effects of Sclerotherapy?
Some possible side effects of sclerotherapy include:
- discoloration of the skin, caused by blood either remaining in the treated vein or from seeping out of the vein into the surrounding tissue
- local discomfort
- allergic reaction
- appearance of tiny blood vessels after treatment
- extremely rare cases of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and small ulcers of the skin
What does the procedure feel like when it is being performed?
During the procedure, many people do not feel any discomfort. However, some patients may feel a slight stinging or burning sensation when the needle is inserted into the vein.
Is Sclerotherapy covered by insurance?
In most cases, sclerotherapy is not covered if it is done for purely cosmetic reasons. The procedure may be covered by insurance if the veins are causing you pain, discomfort, or other symptoms, such as burning, itching, throbbing, or aching.
How much does a consultation and the treatment cost?
Your consultation is typically covered by insurance. In the event that insurance is not available, sclerotherapy sessions begin at $100. Please note: the pricing for the procedure is dependent upon the number of veins and the amount of chemical that needs to be injected.
Does the doctor do the procedure?
Your procedure will be performed by your vascular surgeon or a nurse certified to perform the procedure.
What is used for the Sclerotherapy?
For the sclerotherapy procedure, our chemical preference is either polidocanol or sodium tetradecyl.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sclerotherapy sessions needed to correct veins varies for each patient depending on the number and length of the veins that require treatment. Veins typically respond after one sclerotherapy treatment, but it may take more than one session to achieve the desired results. It may take up to six weeks for veins to fully disappear.
Where will the procedure be performed?
The procedure will be performed in your vascular surgeon’s office.
If I need the procedure, how long will I have to wait for it to be performed?
If the sclerotherapy procedure is covered by insurance, approval can take from one day to two weeks to obtain. If sclerotherapy is not covered by insurance, it can be performed as early as the next day, if there is an open appointment.
What should I do after I have had the Sclerotherapy treatment?
After the procedure, light walking is encouraged. You should avoid running or heavy lifting immediately and for one week after following the treatment. You will be required to wear a form of compression on the treated area for three days following the treatment. You must avoid hot baths, saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, and direct sunlight for one week after the procedure.