Varicose and spider veins are unsightly, and many people have them treated. Treatments such as sclerotherapy at Delta Laser Skin Care Centre cause both types of veins to fade or even disappear. It’s a medical treatment that’s been around since the 1930s. The process is effective on both large and small veins, and results are dramatic in almost every good candidate. Is sclerotherapy the answer you’ve been looking for?
Who is a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
Almost everyone qualifies for this treatment. However, the best candidates are those who are not pregnant or breastfeeding a child. Certain illnesses and diseases might prevent you from taking advantage of this treatment, too. It’s helpful that you understand what results to expect, and you must follow your doctor’s strict instructions for care following treatment.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive treatment. Your doctor uses a series of needles to inject a solution that’s made with an irritant such as salt into the veins. They inject this solution going directly into the spider and/or varicose veins you want to see disappear. The solution causes the veins to swell and stick together. Once this happens, the blood flowing through the veins clot. With the clots causing issues in the veins, they die and fade away.
How Long Does it Take to See Results?
Sclerotherapy is not a quick fix for spider or varicose veins. Spider veins are smaller, so they are more likely to disappear faster. It takes approximately three to six weeks to notice spider veins responding to sclerotherapy. Varicose veins are larger, and they take longer to respond. The most common timeframe here is anywhere from three to four months.
Are Results Permanent?
Sclerotherapy is permanent. However, not all veins respond to the treatment, and not all veins disappear completely. Some might fade, but they won’t disappear. Some veins might not respond to the solution, but most will. While any vein that responds will not reappear, other varicose or spider veins might appear over time. This is not a solution that prevents them from forming as you age or as your lifestyle causes new veins to appear.
Does Insurance Cover the Cost?
Most insurance companies will not cover the cost of spider vein treatment such as sclerotherapy, but they will cover the cost of varicose vein treatment. Spider veins rarely cause medical problems such as pain or swelling in the legs, but varicose veins do. If your doctor advises you have this treatment performed to ease swelling, pain, and aching legs, most insurance companies will cover the cost of sclerotherapy.
Call the vein experts at Delta Laser Skin Care Centre to schedule your initial consultation. Once you meet with a doctor to discuss your needs and have your veins examined, you can start the process of having them removed. Schedule an appointment, ask questions, and discuss your best course of treatment, so you can begin the process of feeling more comfortable both physically and emotionally if the veins cause you to feel less confident. Contact one of our offices today to schedule a consultation! We are conveniently located in Delta and Burnaby, BC.