Spider veins usually occur on the lower extremities when deeper vessels have valve damage. The valves direct blood flow to the heart, and when they become dysfunctional, back flow or pooling creates small, branch-like veins close to the skin’s surface. Dr. David Verebelyi has dedicated his career to the advancement of venous health, and is one of the nation’s experts in vascular treatments.
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
Often, the best treatment for spider veins over half a millimeter is sclerotherapy, an injection-based treatment with a medication called a sclerosing agent. The FDA-approved solution reacts with the vein walls leading to them collapsing. The body absorbs these damaged vessels and redirects blood flow to deeper, healthier veins. With newer FDA-approved solutions, such as Polidocanol, patients experience fewer side effects with virtually no discomfort. Spider veins typically aren’t painful, and now, neither is their treatment.
Spider veins may also form in areas that receive significant UV exposure, like the face. While not painful, it’s always wise to have them checked by a vascular specialists like Dr. Verebelyi and his staff to ensure they aren’t signs of deeper underlying concerns.
How Much Does Sclerotherapy Cost?
Spider veins are largely a cosmetic issue, and as such, are not covered by insurance unless their treatment is deemed medically necessary as part of a larger treatment plan for vascular disease. According to the 2019 statistics held by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, sclerotherapy’s average cost is $343 per leg. However, Colorado Skin & Vein’s above average volume allows us to offer this service below the average cost of our competitors. Factors such as your geographic location, size of area treated and your physician’s expertise may also play a role in the total price of having sclerotherapy. Financing options are available as well.
Double-board certified in Family Medicine and Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, Dr. Verebelyi personally performs patient vascular treatments at Colorado Skin & Vein. His ability to help patients understand complex venous conditions with easily understood concepts has resulted in a loyal following of patients in the greater Denver area, making Colorado Skin & Vein one of the premier vascular clinics in the region.
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Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our highly trained staff members at Colorado Skin & Vein will reach out to your promptly to schedule your appointment.
Am I a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
If you are concerned about the appearance of spider veins in your lower extremities sclerotherapy may be the treatment you need. Dr. Verebelyi will discuss your options during a comprehensive consultation so all your questions are answered.
What is Sclerotherapy Like?
Your sclerotherapy treatment may begin with an ultrasound, which gives Dr. Verebelyi an unimpeded view of your spider veins and surrounding vessels. This ensures any underlying vein disease can be monitored and treated with the appropriate procedures.
What Results Can I Expect After Sclerotherapy?
It will take the body time to absorb collapsed vessels, so while there may be some improvement immediately in the appearance of your spider veins, it’s not uncommon for them to require several weeks to be completely diminished. Compression stockings are necessary for 2-3 weeks following treatment, with an additional 2-3 weeks of wearing them at night.
Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment for existing spider veins, but it does not prevent the formation of new dysfunctional veins. Treated veins should not return, and you’re left with healthy blood flow and smoother skin.
Take the Next Step
To request information on sclerotherapy or to schedule a consultation with us, please call (303) 683-3235 or fill out our online contact form today. Colorado Skin & Vein serves Englewood and the greater Denver, CO area.