Sclerotherapy effectively treats spider veins and sometimes very small vericose. It’s often considered the “gold standard” in treating spider veins. Sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive procedure in which a liquid or foam substance is injected into spider, reticular, or small varicose veins causing it to scar, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed by the body and eventually fades.
When To Consider Sclerotherapy
- If you are bothered by spider veins on your legs
- Looking for a non-surgical solution to spider veins
Who is a Good Candidate?
- Men or Women
- Age 18 to 65+
When Will I See Results?
The number of treatments you will need will could vary based on the number, size, and location/depth of the veins that need to be treated. Typically, three to five treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart may be needed for optimal results. However, we like to suggest that our patients wait to see the full results of the original treatment before scheduling follow-up sclerotherapy procedures. In milder cases, one to two treatments will suffice. Unfortunately, sclerotherapy is not suitable for treating large varicose veins.
Recovery & Downtime
When performed by a qualified specialist, sclerotherapy is a safe and quick outpatient procedure that can produce exceptional results. Because the needle used for the procedure is so tiny, patients generally feel little discomfort during the procedure, though they may feel some itching or burning for a few hours afterward. You can take Benadryl if needed. You’ll be able to get up and walk around soon after the procedure. Walking and moving your legs is important to promote circulation and prevent the formation of blood clots. Long distance travel should be avoided for two weeks and any strenuous activity and/or work outs should be be put on hold for two to three days post-treatment. Side effects include minimal bruising and swelling for a few days afterwards. Some patients may experience pigment skin changes around the treated veins that will typically fade over time. Other side effects can occur and will be discussed in more detail during your appointment. Any discomfort can be easily managed by over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers like Tylenol. You will be strongly encouraged to wear compression stockings at least 72 hours post-treatment to speed the healing process. A pair of prescription strength compression hose will be provided to you and is included with your sclerotherapy first treatment.
How Much Does it Cost?
The cost of treating spider veins with sclerotherapy at Maningas Cosmetic Surgery at our Joplin, MO or Bella Vista, AR office is $460 for your first treatment, which includes compression hose, and then $350 per treatment for any additional sessions that may be need to obtain desired results. Treatment sessions are usually 30 minutes to an hour. The number of injections depends on the number and size of veins being treated. You can schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss if sclerotherapy is a good option for you.