Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Treatment
Pittsburgh, PA | Columbus, OH
Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Treatment is the oldest, yet most common, treatment for spider veins and reticular veins. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive, in-office treatment designed to diminish the appearance of spider veins by injecting a mild solution into the spider veins, which causes the spider veins to collapse and disappear.
The benefits of sclerotherapy spider vein treatment include:
In Pittsburgh, spider vein treatments using sclerotherapy are performed in our comprehensive vein center by our highly trained nursing staff or Dr. Jason Tomsic, board certified osteopathic surgeon specializing in vascular surgery.
In our med spa located in Columbus, sclerotherapy treatments are performed in the medical spa during a simple office visit by our registered nurses or by our board-certified surgeon specializing in vascular insufficiencies, Marios Panayides, MD, FACS.
Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Treatments
Sclerotherapy spider vein treatments involve microinjections of a sclerosing agent into the affected spider veins, which irritates the vessel walls and causes the spider veins to seal and eventually disappear. Sclerotherapy treatment can last from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the number of veins treated in a particular session.
Multiple spider vein treatments are typically necessary for full correction, depending on the severity of the spider veins being treated. Although sclerotherapy is often performed for cosmetic purposes, it can be used in combination with other spider vein treatments, including:
- Varicose Vein Laser Surgery
- Microphlebectomy Varicose Vein Treatment
- IPL Facial Vein Laser Treatment
Sclerotherapy treatment can last from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the number of veins treated in a particular session. Depending on expected outcomes, a person’s treatment may involve from one to six sessions, with 10 to 30 injections per session.
Although improvement is usually seen immediately after a spider vein treatment session, the full effect and benefit of Sclerotherapy spider vein treatment usually takes two to four weeks. After a series of sclerotherapy spider vein treatments, most patients notice a 50-90% improvement in the appearance of spider veins and in the reduction of the symptoms associated with spider veins.
Recovery from Sclerotherapy Treatment
Typically, sclerotherapy patients report only slight discomfort after spider vein treatment, mainly mild tenderness at the injection site. Most patients return to normal activities immediately following treatment—although vigorous activity will be discouraged for the first few days. Walking is strongly encouraged as it increases the blood flow to other healthy veins and compression stockings are recommended to accelerate healing and improve the results.
Insurance Coverage for Spider Vein Treatments
Most insurance companies do not cover the costs associated Sclerotherapy treatment because it is most often performed for cosmetic purposes. However, some plans may include coverage if treatment is necessary to relieve pain or discomfort that impedes activity or is deemed medically necessary. At the time of your initial vein screening, our staff will discuss the spider vein treatment, associated costs and payment arrangements including insurance coverage.
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FAQ's: Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Treatment
The results of Sclerotherapy spider vein treatment vary from person to person. Generally, treated spider veins will at first darken and then lighten as the healing process continues. The healing process can take anywhere from two weeks to a month. After subsequent treatments, veins will appear less visible or fade away completely.
How many Sclerotherapy treatments will I need to see results?
Depending on the severity of the spider veins multiple treatments, scheduled at least one month apart, may be necessary to achieve the desired results. Typically three to six treatments are needed. While Sclerotherapy will improve the appearance of the treated spider veins, it will not prevent additional spider veins from surfacing.
Are there any risks associated with Sclerotherapy treatment?
There are very few risks associated with Sclerotherapy treatment. Because an injection is made into the skin, redness and swelling may occur at the injection site and the risk of infection is increased.
Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Treatment Alternative Treatments
In Columbus, sclerotherapy treatments are performed in our medical spa. Additional treatments are also available for the treatment of larger spider veins and varicose veins. Similar to our Columbus lcoations, in Pittsburgh, sclerotherapy treatments are performed in our comprehensive Vein Center; additional spider vein treatment options are also available if you have larger spider veins or varicose veins.
Other treatment options include:
Microphlebectomy Varicose Vein Treatment is performed when varicose veins near the surface of the skin are too large to treat with sclerotherapy or are too small to correct with laser surgery vein treatments.
Facial Vein Laser Treatment is a non-invasive spider vein laser or light-based treatment for telangiectasia, reticular veins, rosacea and a full range of other benign lesions.
Varicose Vein Laser Surgery uses laser energy to seal diseased veins, while encouraging circulation through healthy unaffected veins.
Come in for your complimentary consultation to discuss all treatment options and decide which is right for you!