Is treatment always necessary?
No. Although varicose veins can cause medical problems if left untreated, the
majority of varicose and spider veins are treated for cosmetic improvement. If
you are uncertain about your particular case, a consultation should anwser the
Does sclerotherapy hurt?
Most people report little if any discomfort. Occasionally, mild burning may be
felt at the injection site that resolves after a few minutes.
How many treatments will I need?
This varies according to the severity and the number of veins that need to be
treated. Although most people will notice some improvement after the first
treatment, most areas will need to be treated approximately three times for
How long does a treatment take?
Your initial visit consisting of a consultation and sclerotherapy, if indicated,
will take approximately 30 minutes. Subsequent visits for sclerotherapy
treatment or follow-up will take 15-30 minutes.
What are the side effects of sclerotherapy?
Bruising at the injection sites is normal following treatment and resolves in
7-10 days. Slight hyperpigmentation (staining) of the skin or telangiectatic
matting (tiny new veins) can occur but is usually temporary. Complications such
as ulceration or allergies to the sclerosant are extremely rare. Sclerotherapy
is a very safe treatment.
How long will the results last?
Since varicose and spider veins are a chronic condition, new veins will likely
appear over time. Most people can remain "vein free" by returning for touch-up
visits every couple of years.
How can I prevent varicose and spider veins?
Unfortunately if you have a hereditary predisposition, you will likely develop
varicose and spider veins. The good news is that by understanding the roles of
diet, exercise, support stockings, hormones and pregnancy, you can minimize your
risk and control the progression.
Will my insurance pay for treatment?
If your varicose vein condition is considered to be non-cosmetic and treatment
deemed medically neccessary, you may be reimbursed for most diagnostic tests and
treatments performed at our office. Our staff will be happy to assist you with
your policy coverage.
|Any other Questions?
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to answer your questions. If you have specific questions about
your treatment options, call our office to schedule a consultation.