There are very few medical reasons to treat spider or superficial veins. The vast majority of these are cosmetic. There is no urgency to treat the larger varicose veins; however, over time they may cause larger problems. In some cases this may result in ulceration, skin damage, or superficial blood clots.
The initial consultation will take around 30 minutes.
The treatment options will vary depending on the size and severity of your veins; however, generally speaking you can expect:
- Spider veins using surface laser therapy takes around 1 hour for each session. You will require multiple sessions.
- Spider veins using injection sclerotherapy takes around 45 minutes for each session. You will require multiple sessions.
- Varicose veins using radiofrequency ablation takes around 45-60 minutes each session. Day surgery is required for this treatment, and you can return to work the next day; however Doctor Cohen generally advises a couple of days off work.
- Varicose veins using VenaSeal takes around 45-60 minutes each session. Day surgery is required for this treatment, and you can return to work the next day; however Doctor Cohen generally advises a couple of days off work.
The initial consultation will cost $180; however, you will receive an estimated rebate of $73.85 making the total cost approximately $107 (with a referral). The cost of treatment thereafter is very difficult to estimate due to the variability in each person's situation. However, we will provide you with a detailed quote for your treatment plan after the initial consultation.
Yes, you will require a referral for this service.
In many instances, there will be some level of coverage offered for varicose vein treatment, and some spider vein treatment.
As this will vary depending on the insurer, as well as the level of coverage you have, we ask that you speak to your health insurance company to find out what coverage might apply to you.
Treatment of superficial or spider veins has no bearing on the venous circulation. Larger varicose veins on the inside of your thigh and behind the calf are not required for a healthy circulation.
For veins treated by injection sclerotherapy or surface laser therapy you can essentially walk in and walk out. For varicose veins treated with radiofrequency ablation or VenaSeal, you will need to be driven to and from the procedure.