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Vein FAQs

Sclerotherapy – Will it HURT?

The insertion of very tiny needles in the skin is usually well tolerated. Some patients describe slight itching and a minimal burning sensation for 5-15 minutes following sclerotherapy, but you will leave the office free of discomfort.

Will insurance cover my procedure?

Spider vein treatments are considered cosmetic and not covered by insurance plans.

Insurance does not cover cosmetic procedures. Insurances differ in their coverage of vein disease and many insurance plans provide some coverage for symptomatic vein disease. Contact our office for more information and to discuss options.

What is Surface Laser Treatment?

Superficial vascular lesions are most appropriately treated with 940 nm Medilas D FlexiPulse. This laser is effective for treating redness, flushing, blushing, Rosacea, red scars and broken capillaries. After 48 hours, the skin over the treated veins will look slightly red, purple, or bruised. Sometimes the veins will be more visible than they were prior to treatment. This is normal. Within the first two to three weeks, the redness and purple color will begin to fade. Each week, the color will become lighter and the veins will become less noticeable. After 2-4 weeks, if any veins are still visible, another laser vein removal treatment will be necessary.

But don’t I NEED those veins? What if I need bypass surgery later?

Since those veins are dilated and not working properly, they are doing more harm than good. They are simply not usable for bypass surgery.

What is Foam Sclerotherapy?

Foam Sclerotherapy is a safe and effective method for treating troublesome varicose veins through injecting a detergent-like agent which has been suspended in foam into the vein. This method is so effective because the foam fills the entire cavity of the vein. The use of foam sclerosants allows the active chemical ingredients to remain in contact with the vessel wall for an extended period of time, enhancing the effectiveness of the treatments. This advanced form of sclerotherapy has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States.

Foam sclerotherapy has two distinct advantages over traditional sclerotherapy procedures. Because the sclerosing agent is in a foam form, it is able to displace the blood in the vessel being treated, which means the sclerosing formula is able to be in direct contact with the vessel wall for a longer period of time, allowing it to work more effectively than liquid agents which may be diluted by blood flow. Also, the foam is visible on ultrasound, and its placement, spread, and effects can be guided and tracked more effectively as a result.

Foam sclerotherapy has few side effects, but compression hose should be worn for at least 2 weeks after treatment. It typically takes about six weeks for the veins to disappear completely. The injection site may be slightly sore and some bruising may occur, but the veins will no longer cause pain. Once they are gone, they will not return.