This non-surgical procedure is frequently used to treat visible spider veins and small varicose veins near the surface of the skin. Spider veins, tiny red or purple dilated blood vessels, and reticular veins, larger blue vessels, form when venous blood flow is abnormal. Although smaller than most varicose veins, spider and reticular veins are often more noticeable. This is because these veins are located just below the surface of the skin. More common in women, spider and reticular veins may be triggered by pregnancy or hormonal variations. They sometimes result in itching, restless leg and minor aches and pains.
Non-symptomatic spider veins may be found on the face and chest as well as legs. Although surface veins are mainly a cosmetic problem, they can also be an indication of more serious vein disease below the surface as in the case of venous reflux disease. In the lower extremity, these unsightly veins can distribute in the ankles, calves and thighs.
Sclerotherapy is a technique that uses chemical agents injected into the veins that cause them to collapse or obliterate. This is a non-painful procedure that is very well tolerated without anesthesia at all. The sclerosing agent that Medilaser, Cosmetic Surgery and Vein Center utilizes is POL, a former local anesthetic used in epidural anesthesia for obstetric procedures in the past. It is commercially available as Asclera, the only FDA approved POL available in the United States. It is safe and effective having minimal reported complications as per today. Patients undertake their injections in a friendly and relaxed environment without pain at all. The procedure is completed in 30-45 minute sessions. Depending on the severity of the condition, regularly more than one session is needed to achieve maximum desirable results.
Type of Veins Eligible
Spider veins that are located in the chest and legs can be treated.
Breast: Particularly after pregnancy or augmentation procedures, frequently developed are engorged blue veins. These vessels are easily obliterated with one or more sessions of Asclera injections.
Hand and arm superficial veins: Obliteration of these veins using sclerotherapy produces remarkable rejuvenation results. This procedure is popular among women who are concerned about their aging hands.
Is The Procedure Covered By Health Insurance?
Usually it is not. However, with good documentation of medical necessity some insurance companies agree to cover few sessions of sclerotherapy.