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Varicose Veins


Varicose vein removal

involves targeting varicose veins (“spider veins”) on the legs or face to reduce or eliminate their visibility. Although surgical varicose vein removal is possible, most patients prefer minimally invasive (non-surgical) treatments that minimize the visibility of varicose veins over a series of one or more treatment sessions.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the most commonly performed varicose vein removal treatments are sclerotherapy, which 365,744 U.S. patients received in 2010; and laser spider vein removal/intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment, performed on 218,393 U.S. patients in the same year.

Cost of Varicose Vein Removal

The ASPS reports that in 2010, the average cost of laser varicose vein removal was $404, while the average cost of sclerotherapy for varicose vein removal was $354. The national average fee listed here refers to the surgeon's fee only and does not include charges for the surgical facility, anesthesia, and anesthesiologist – nor does it include any medical tests, prescriptions, or other miscellaneous costs related to any component of varicose vein removal. Many practices offer multiple financing options for treatments like varicose vein removal.

"The ASPS reports that in 2010,

the average cost of laser varicose vein removal was $404, while the average cost of sclerotherapy for varicose vein removal was $354."


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Find a Varicose Vein Removal Doctor

While the information contained in this website will provide you with a good introduction to varicose vein removal, it cannot replace medical advice. When considering this treatment, please consult a qualified provider. (To assist your search, use the physician locator.)


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Benefits of Varicose Vein Removal


For women and men affected by unsightly, embarrassing varicose veins, spider vein removal can be highly beneficial. It may result in a substantial self-confidence boost, and help the patient to feel more comfortable wearing certain clothing (shorts, dresses, and bathing suits). In warm weather, this can ensure increased physical comfort.


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How is varicose vein removal performed?

Details regarding each of the aforementioned varicose vein removal methods follow:

Sclerotherapy: This form of treatment is a non-surgical procedure in which a sclerosant solution is injected into the problem veins to encourage their disappearance. During sclerotherapy, the affected leg is elevated to drain blood as the sclerosant is injected. The procedure normally takes five to 30 minutes, depending on how many spider veins are being treated. Many patients require repeated sessions and many injections per session, depending on the extent of the spider veins and type of sclerosant used. Your doctor can provide more detailed information.

Laser vein removal and IPL: During laser or IPL spider vein removal, a light beam targets problem veins in order to penetrate the offending blood vessels, seal them off, and cause their dissolution. This method may also require several treatments to achieve optimal results.

"Some physicians

feel that intense light therapy is more suitable for vascular lesions located deep in the skin, and may only recommend it when sclerotherapy or laser therapy does not effectively treat the superficial vein."

During IPL, the top layer of skin is generally cooled first with cool gel, chilled air, or other cooling methods. Cooling helps to reduce discomfort and lowers the risk of injuring the skin. Some physicians feel that intense light therapy is more suitable for vascular lesions located deep in the skin, and may only recommend it when sclerotherapy or laser therapy does not effectively treat the superficial vein. Again, your doctor can provide more specific information based on his/her opinion.


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Varicose Vein Removal Recovery

For both of the spider vein removal methods explained here, there is generally no downtime following treatment. However, sclerotherapy patients are normally advised to wear compression stockings in the days following treatment.

"For both of the spider vein removal methods explained here,

there is generally no downtime following treatment."

For sclerotherapy, most veins will fade within two to eight weeks of the final treatment session. Results should be permanent, but it is possible for new veins to emerge over time. For laser and IPL, the vessel will disappear over two to six weeks, and may appear blue or red before disappearing.


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Risks of Varicose Vein Removal

The risks of spider vein removal are primarily connected to the patient’s habits following treatment. For example, after IPL therapy it is strongly recommended that one keep away from the sun to avoid sunburn. This is good advice for any varicose vein removal patient. Bruising, redness, swelling, or blisters are possible risks when undergoing varicose vein removal treatment.


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Who is the ideal candidate for varicose vein removal?


The most typical candidate for spider vein removal is an adult in good physical health that is fair skinned (dark skinned candidates, please consult your physician) and bothered by the appearance of varicose veins on the legs, face, or another area. Good candidates have no disease of the blood vessels or problems with bleeding in the target area.


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