Spider Vein Treatment: Risks, Recovery

Overview

Spider vein treatment is used to remove spider vein with effective, safe and relatively painless methods. The most common treatment options for spider vein are sclerotherapy and laser vein treatment. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a solution into each affected vein, causing the vein to collapse and fade.

If you have visible veins shaped like a branching or web on your legs, thighs or on your face, or if you feel that your spider veins are a sign of aging that you want to eliminate, you can consider spider vein treatment and consult your surgeon about specific treatment plans.

Cost

Based on 2018 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of sclerotherapy is $336 and the average cost of laser treatment for leg veins is $429.

The number of treatments required and the method of treatment chosen can affect the cost of spider vein treatment. Except for the surgeon’s fee, the total cost also includes post-treatment garments.

Risks

All procedures have some degree of risk. Some of the potential complications of spider vein treatment include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Blistering
  • Bruising
  • Scarring
  • Persistent pain
  • Allergic reactions
  • Skin discoloration
  • Skin reddening or loss
  • Change in skin sensation
  • Damage to underlying structures
  • Possibility for additional procedures

These risks and side effects will be fully discussed prior to your consent.

Preparation

In your first visit, you can ask your surgeon any questions you have and follow the preoperative instructions your doctor gives you. Usually, he or she will ask you to:

  • Stop smoking before the surgery to promote better healing
  • Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can increase bleeding
  • Enough hydration before and after surgery for safe recovery

Surgical steps

Spider veins can be treated with sclerotherapy or with lasers. The complete removal of spider veins cannot be reached in the first treatment and multiple treatments are required for optimal results.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is effective for medium-sized blood vessels. In this technique, a sclerosing solution is injected into the vein with a micro-needle which causes the vein to shrink, turn white and then gradually disappear After the injection, compression stockings are recommended to compress the veins and maximize the chance of treatment success.

Laser vein treatment

Lasers are typically used to treat small to medium-sized blood vessels that usually occur in the face. During the treatment, a handpiece is passed over your skin and the laser light is absorbed by the blood, causing the vessels to coagulate and be absorbed by the body.

Recovery

Often there is no downtime after spider vein treatment. For most patients, full activity may be resumed immediately. Immediately after the spider vein treatment procedure, your doctor will apply support hose to help your legs heal.

The treated sites will appear bruised and you may feel some cramping in your legs for the first day or two after treatment. This discomfort is temporary and usually doesn’t require prescription medication.

After two months, your veins treatment should have completed its healing. At this point, you and your plastic surgeon will decide if any additional treatment is necessary.


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