Sclerotherapy spider vein treatments involve microinjections of a sclerosing agent into the affected spider veins, which irritates the vessel walls and causes the treated veins to seal and eventually disappear. Sclerotherapy treatment can last from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the number of veins treated; one to six treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired result.
Although improvement is usually seen immediately after a treatment session, the full effect and benefit of Sclerotherapy usually takes two to four weeks. After a series of treatments, most patients notice a 50-90 percent improvement in the appearance of spider veins and in their reduction of the symptoms.
While sclerotherapy is often performed for cosmetic purposes, it can be used in combination with other vein treatments, including:
- Varicose Vein Laser Surgery
- Microphlebectomy Varicose Vein Treatment
- IPL Facial Vein Laser Treatment
Recovery from Sclerotherapy Treatment
Typically, sclerotherapy patients report only slight discomfort after the 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 treatment, associated costs and payment arrangements including insurance coverage.