Optimal spider vein treatment
The most common spider vein treatment is sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy refers to injections of a special solution directly into the small vein which causes it to eventually disappear. The main solutions used are sodium tetradecyl sulfate (Sotradecol), polidocanol (Asclera / Aethoxysclerol), and hypertonic saline. Dr. Aquino uses Sotradecol for its effectiveness without producing much, if any, pain beyond stinging.
Sclerotherapy is a minor procedure and is performed in the office with minimal pain - depending on the solution used. Spider veins are treated using very tiny needles, and therefore, during the procedure you will feel a tiny prick and perhaps some stinging, rather than a painful injection. Often, dramatic results will be evident after only one session, but most commonly 2-3 sessions are needed (spaced out over several weeks) to remove spider veins.
It is important to know that even spider veins may be caused by underlying venous insufficiency and if they are injected without treatment of the underlying disorder, they often will recur. Therefore, treatment of the underlying venous problem is sometimes necessary prior to performing spider vein treatment with sclerotherapy.
More about sclerotherapy
- Sclerotherapy is $400 for a 30 minute session.
- Not all patients are candidates for sclerotherapy. Sometimes it is necessary to run tests before having the procedure done. If you are not sure sclerotherapy is the treatment you need, we strongly suggest that you schedule a separate consultation prior to scheduling and appointment for the procedure. The cost of a consultation is $100.
- The average patient will see a difference after the first treatment, but it often takes two or three treatments to see a big difference.
- In order to obtain the best possible results, compression stockings are essential and required. They are sold at a discounted rate in our office. We have certified fitters to assure the correct sizing and to show you how to put them on correctly for best results.
- If you are pregnant, we suggest that you wait until after childbirth to have treatments. Read our blog article on Pregnancy and Vein Treatment.
Want to know more about sclerotherapy? Read "What You Should Know About Sclerotherapy". It answers questions about the procedure, what to expect, and how to prepare.