What is Vein Treatment?
Does Vein Treatment work for everyone?
Prior to the procedure you will have a consultation with a provider who will advise you of your eligibility for vein treatment. You are not eligible if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have limited mobility. If you have a history of a blood clot, your eligibility will be determined on an individual basis. Other contraindications include: history of breast cancer treated with Tamoxifen, current anticoagulation, acute infection and/or fever, and history of allergic reaction to the sclerosing agent(s).
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments varies from patient to patient depending on the extent of varicosities present. On average, patients require 3-4 sessions for satisfactory results. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that vein treatment will be effective in every case. Approximately 10% of patients who undergo this procedure do not respond to the injections at all.
What are the side effects and complications of Vein Treatment?
Vein treatment side effects and complications include, but are not limited to: hyperpigmentation, temporary swelling, capillary dilation (telangiectatic matting), pain from the injection, localized hives, tape compression blister, folliculitis, treatment failure, recurrence, vasovagal reflex, localized hair growth, ulceration, skin necrosis, allergic reaction, superficial thrombophlebitis, arterial injection, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, nerve damage, and migraine headaches.
What happens after treatment?
After the treatment you will be able to drive yourself home and resume your regular daily activities. Walking is encouraged. You will be instructed to wear medical grade support hosiery to “compress” the treated vessels for 14 days following treatment. Department store support stockings will not be adequate.
Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, or other anti-inflammatory medications for seven days before and after treatment to minimize the risk of bruising. Tylenol may be used if needed. You should also avoid hot baths, warm compresses, hot tub or sauna use, and direct exposure to sunlight for 14 days following treatment. Showers are permitted and the injection sites may be washed with a mild soap.
Will my insurance cover Vein Treatment?
Insurance coverage varies though if you are pursuing vein treatment for cosmetic purposes your insurance carrier most likely will not provide coverage. If you have questions, please call your insurance company.