Fortunately, treatment usually does not mean a hospital stay or a long, uncomfortable recovery. Thanks to less invasive procedures, varicose veins can generally be treated on an outpatient basis.
Basic Sclerotherapy Assessment
At your first visit you will have a BSA that includes a thorough review of health history and a video presentation to acquaint you with Sclerotherapy procedures. Dr. Vaughan will perform a visual examination as well as administer an Ultrasound examination during which he will explain his findings step by step.
This initial visit can last about 1 to 2 hours, depending on your venous history and the questions you may have about procedures. Should you need to shorten your visit time, we can electronically send you the necessary information via your patient portal.
Following this, Dr. Vaughan will provide you with an in depth account of your assessment, explain alternatives for treatment for you individual needs and answer questions you may have regarding that day’s appointment or future treatment plans.
Once the Dr. has completed his assessment, an estimate of the number and type of treatment sessions for your specific needs will be outlined during your visit.
Measurements for pressure-gradient stockings (a necessary component to treatment) will be taken and, again, questions regarding fees, application and use of products, etc. will be addressed.
Foam-Sclerotherapy is the newest innovation to treat spider and varicose veins; it relieves symptoms due to varicose and spider veins in most patients. In this treatment the medication is suspended in micro-bubbles (foam) before it is injected.
Foam has a greater surface area than liquid, it is able to adhere to the vein walls more effectively and cause the veins to collapse. The veins are then reabsorbed by the body.
Furthermore, the treatment is more effective than older methods of sclerotherapy. Foam-sclerotherapy uses much less medication. With this procedure, veins can be dealt with at an early stage, helping to prevent future complications. Vein Center of Westlake Village is the only facility in the area offering this innovative technique.
In this procedure, your doctor injects varicose veins with a solution that closes those veins. In a few weeks, treated varicose veins should fade. Although the same vein may need to be injected more than once-sclerotherapy is effective if done correctly, doesn't require anesthesia and can be done in your doctor's office.
Side effects are possible after treatment; it is not uncommon for patients to have swelling, bruising, or redness at the injection site. Usually, those effects fade away in a few days with the varicose vein.
The treatment usually takes between 15-45 minutes, at our office, we like to schedule the procedure for 90 minutes, to ensure that the doctor has ample time to give each patient the level of attention and care they deserve.
Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy is a customized procedure based on your specific needs, so the number of treatment sessions and therefore the cost will vary from patient-to-patient.
In general the cost of USG Sclerotherapy is comparable to the cost of similar procedures. But because USG Sclerotherapy is long lasting, it can prove to be economical by comparison in the long run.
Be a cautious consumer when it comes to treatment options for varicose veins. Advertisements claiming "unique," "permanent," or "painless" methods to remove varicose veins may be appealing, but they may not actually measure up to those claims. Before undergoing any procedure, ask your doctor about any health risks and possible side effects.
Spider veins can be caused by pressure from blood leaking from connecting reticular veins (superficial blue-green veins). In order to obtain better and longer-lasting results, it is important to locate and treat these superficial feeder veins.
Dr. Vaughan uses an advanced device called the Veinlite to locate these often hard-to-find veins, facilitating the effectiveness of Transilluminated Sclerotherapy. The Veinlite transilluminates the skin making it translucent so the reticular veins can be easily seen.
Foam-Sclerotherapy is then used to eliminate these reticular veins, thereby making the treatment of the overlying spider veins more effective.
Spider veins are tiny, colored blood vessels underneath the skin's surface. They tend to be a reddish-blue or purplish-red in color and most commonly develop on the legs and face. Spider veins are no longer functional, so there is no harm in their removal. Dr. Vaughan uses bright, but indirect light with magnification, to ensure that the procedure is completed accurately and effectively. During the procedure, you could be asked to shift positions a few times as needed for treatment. As the procedure continues, you will feel minor pinches with every injection. However, the needle is so thin and the sclerosing agent is so mild that your treatments are virtually pain-free.
You may want to inquire about treatment costs, as well. Most insurance policies don't cover the expense of elective cosmetic surgery for varicose veins. However, in many cases, if you have signs or symptoms, such as swelling and bleeding, insurance may cover the treatment. Current treatments for varicose veins and spider veins are effective; however, it is possible that varicose veins can recur.