How Much Does Spider Vein Sclerotherapy Cost?

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Before and after spider vein treatment with sclerotherapy at La Jolla Vein Care.

At La Jolla Vein Care, we offer a cosmetic spider vein clinic staffed by our Registered Nurse or Physician’s Assistant, who perform the treatment of those small, pesty spider veins.  Everyone is different, and each person will have individual needs. Therefore, the cost depends on how much solution is required to obtain best results.  The treatment starts at $100 for the first vial of solution. One vial will treat approximately a ‘tuna can’ size cluster/s of spider veins.  Each additional syringe is $75.  The maximum solution that can be used during a single treatment is 5 syringes.  Most people will need more than one treatment session for best results. Everyone is different, so the amount used each treatment and how many treatments will be necessary depend on the individuals vein condition. The national average is 2-5 sclerotherapy treatment sessions. Call 858-550-0330 to speak with our staff for more information.

Results of Non-Surgical Vein Treatment

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Before and After Picture of Non-surgical Removal of Varicose Veins at La Jolla Vein Care. The before picture shows bulging varicose veins that arise from an incompetent great saphenous vein (this vein is not visible to the naked eye). In the past, these veins would have been stripped with vein stripping surgery. Fortunately, new technology allows for even large varicose veins to be removed without surgery. This patient underwent radiofrequency ablation (or endovenous ablation) of the great saphenous vein and foam sclerotherapy of the bulging varicose veins at La Jolla Vein Care.

 

How To Make Varicose Veins Vanish

How To Make Varicose Veins Vanish Without Surgery
Physicians have many options for treating varicose veins. The choice often depends on the severity and cause of the problem. It’s important that patients are carefully evaluated so treatment can be tailored to individual needs.

In some cases varicose veins may present a primarily cosmetic problem. In others they may be a symptom of a more severe underlying circulatory condition that should be addressed by a vascular specialist.

Compression hosiery can be used to provide support, and reduce symptoms such as the aching and tiredness associated with varicose veins but they cannot make varicose veins disappear.   There are no supplements or creams that can make varicose veins disappear. There are a variety of creams, lotions and ointments that are advertised in newspapers and magazines to make veins disappear. There is no scientific evidence that these creams or lotions can make varicose and spider veins disappear. Once veins are dysfunctional, it is a mechanical problem and the valves cannot be repaired. But, they can be removed. There are many ways to accomplish this.

Sclerotherapy is used for smaller varicose veins and for spider veins, also known as telangiectasia. A fine needle is used to inject a chemical solution into the veins. The chemical causes the vein to collapse and eventually disappear. The procedure can be done in a doctor’s office and doesn’t require an anesthetic. Patients feel only a slight burning when the chemical is injected. Often several sessions are needed to treat the veins.

Foam sclerotherapy, or ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy is used to treat large varicose veins.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy is an alternative to foam sclerotherapy, and involves making a series of tiny incisions along the length of the vein and gently removing the vein in sections using a hook. The procedure can be done on an outpatient basis and can be used for both large and small veins.

Radiofrequency ablation,  is a minimally invasive procedure involves using a catheter to introduce an electrode into the saphenous vein (great, small or accessory saphenous veins). The energy from the electrode shrinks and seals off the vein. Nearby healthy veins take over the job of carrying blood from the legs.

Surgical ligation and stripping are rarely performed because the newer, minimally invasive procedures have replaced surgery for removing varicose veins.

For more information about treatment types and non-surgical methods to make varicose veins vanish, go to www.lajollaveincare.com. 

Before >> After

Before and After Pictures: Varicose Vein Treatment at La Jolla Vein Care. At La Jolla Vein Care, we utilize minimally invasive techniques to make varicose veins vanish- all without open surgery or general anasthesia.

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Why Didn’t My Spider Veins Go Away?

Before and After spider vein treatment at La Jolla Vein Care. This picture demonstrates that spider veins (reddish spider like vessels) can stem from underlying feeder vessels (the blue vein). The feeder vein can be compared to the ‘root’ of a weed; If you clip the surface branches of a weed without pulling the root of the problem, the weed will never go away.
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Veins in certain locations, like in the inner knee or inner thighs and inner ankles, often arise from underlying venous incompetence of a vein called the great saphenous vein that runs from the groin along the inner thigh to the ankle. If spider veins do not respond to treatment, it is important to have an ultrasound evaluation to determine if there is an underlying source of the problem.  Once the underlying problem is properly identified, it can be treated. 

Spider veins can be the ‘tip of the iceberg’ and represent a bigger problem, that is not visible to the naked eye. For example, as seen in the first image, spider veins can arise from blue ‘feeder’ veins, which must be treated for best results.

Spider veins can also stem from an underlying problem such as venous reflux in larger veins, such as the great saphenous vein. As demonstrated in the second picture, spider veins in the inner knee, inner ankle and inner thighs can originate from this vein. This can only be determined by ultrasound examination. It is important to have your vein evaluated by a trained specialist. Effective treatment depends on an accurate and thorough diagnosis.