Sclerotherapy is a treatment widely used to effectively eliminate varicose and spider veins. During this procedure, a sclerotherapy solution will be injected directly into the unwanted vein which irritates the lining of the blood vessel and causes it to collapse, and eventually be reabsorbed by the surrounding tissue. This process forces the body to redirect blood to healthier, more capable veins, causing the unwanted veins to fade away. The sclerotherapy procedure is performed with a fine needle and small amounts of sclerosing solution.
The effectiveness of sclerotherapy can be seen within a few weeks of the initial treatment, with some patients occasionally reporting that it took up to a month to see visible results. The number of treatments you may need will depend on the severity of your varicose and spider veins as well as your desired appearance. Individual treatment plans vary and can be discussed with your doctor at your consultation. On average, patients receive three to four treatments to clear or improve the condition of those unwanted veins.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR VEIN TREATMENT
1) ARE YOUR VEIN TREATMENTS AS EFFECTIVE AS VEIN SURGERY?
Yes! Our minimally invasive vein procedures are just as effective as vein surgery, with the added benefits of having faster recovery times, less discomfort, no scars, and lower complication rates. While traditional surgery and other varicose vein treatments such as RFA and laser are effective, they come with several downsides. Not only are these procedures quite painful, but they can also cause nerve damage.
2) WILL MY VEIN TREATMENT HURT?
To minimize any potential discomfort, we use a cooling numbing spray prior to your varicose vein or spider vein sclerotherapy procedure. The treatment itself involves injection of medication with a very small needle. The degree of discomfort experienced can range from no pain to moderate discomfort for a few seconds. While the experience varies from patient to patient, the majority of our patients report feeling either no pain or only brief, mild discomfort during the procedure. Many patients compare the vein injection to the experience of receiving an injection of Botox or cosmetic fillers.
3) WILL INSURANCE COVER MY TREATMENT? WHAT INSURANCE PLANS DO YOU ACCEPT?
Insurance often covers the initial consult and ultrasound evaluation. The cost of vein treatment is also often covered if you have medical symptoms such as pain, swelling, itching etc. Please consult with your insurance provider if you have any questions regarding your individual coverage. Beach Wellness MD accepts Medicare, Blue Shield, Blue Cross, Cigna, Aetna, and many PPOs. If you have questions about the type of insurance we accept, please call our office at 310-747-6004.
4) HOW LONG WILL MY PROCEDURE TAKE?
The actual vein procedure takes just 10 to 15 minutes. Including the procedure, your office visit will take approximately 30 minutes.
5) CAN I EAT BEFORE MY PROCEDURE?
Yes, you may eat and drink prior to your procedure.
6) DO I NEED TO STOP TAKING MY MEDICATIONS PRIOR TO MY PROCEDURE?
Generally you will not need to stop taking your medications prior to having a vein procedure. Please consult with Dr. Golshan regarding any medical conditions you have along with any medications you are currently taking.
7) WILL I NEED TO WEAR COMPRESSION STOCKINGS? FOR HOW LONG?
To ensure optimal success of your treatment, all vein procedures performed on the legs will require that you wear either an elastic bandage or a compression stocking after treatment. The compression is necessary to keep the medication concentrated in your veins for maximum effectiveness. The duration of compression required ranges from 2 to 5 days depending on the procedure. After 24 hours post-procedure, you may remove your compression and take a shower.
8) HOW MANY VEIN TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The number of treatments needed can vary from one treatment to several depending on the number of veins being treated and the degree and severity of your venous condition.
9) WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF SCLEROTHERAPY?
The most common side effects to sclerotherapy vein inflammation or phlebitis (which can cause pain), and less often hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin over the treated veins). More often than not, the injected veins will become darker before disappearing.