Varicose vein treatment helps alleviate any discomfort or health problems caused by varicose veins. Those who suffer from enlarged veins cannot only remove them, but also prevent the formation of future varicose veins. At Jolie, we offer several surgical and non-surgical types of varicose vein treatments including laser treatment, sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, and vein stripping. You are a good candidate for varicose veins if your legs get tired quite often, you suffer from pain and cramps, and the veins bother you not only physically but also aesthetically. The average cost of this procedure is $900. The cost is based on the complexity of the procedure(s) chosen.
Laser therapy for spider veins targets the vein with a focused beam of light without compromising nearby tissue, heats it and destroys it until it disappears in about four to six weeks. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area and patients may feel a slight tingling sensation. You may need two to three treatments done 4-6 weeks apart. During recovery, the skin above the veins may look a bit reddish, but it will disappear in two days. There is minimal pain for which you can take over the counter painkillers. Patients are advised to keep away from the sun and wear compression stockings. The cost for this procedure is $300 and $400 based on the number of procedures required, and spider veins treated. Most insurance plans don’t cover it.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment that involves the injection of a chemical called “sclerosant” that irritates the vein and makes it collapse. With time, the vein will turn into a scar and fade away. Little downtime and only a couple of sessions are required. Some side effects include bruising, swelling, redness and itching in the treated area. Acceptable candidates for this procedure are patients that aren’t pregnant, breastfeeding, between 30 and 60 years old, with realistic expectations and an understanding that this treatment will not stop the formation of future veins. The average cost of this procedure is $322.
Microphlebectomy, also called ambulatory phlebectomy, is a treatment for veins that are too large or twisted, which are removed through a micro-incision under local anesthesia. This treatment is minimally invasive, highly effective, and it takes 30 minutes to 1 hour. The best candidates for phlebectomy are patients with visible veins and in good health. Some medical conditions, such as clotting disorders, may disqualify you for microphlebectomy. Patients must wear compression stockings for 2-3 weeks after this procedure and avoid strenuous exercise for about two weeks as instructed by their surgeon. The average cost starts at $1,000 per leg, but it may cost more based on the number of veins removed.
Vein stripping is a surgery that helps remove large varicose veins. This procedure takes 60 to 90 minutes, and it involves several small cuts or incisions close to the damaged vein and pulling it out through the cut. Vein stripping requires a long recovery based on the location of the vein and how many veins were stripped. It’s important to keep your legs elevated and stay off of your feet particularly during the first four days of recovery. By the fourth week, most patients go back to their normal activities. There are usually no scars left, but you may need to wear compression stockings to aid in healthy blood flow and improve the results.
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