At One Agora Integrative Clinic, we offer both sclerotherapy and laser treatment for cosmetic varicose veins and spider veins. With many clients, we combine treatment using both for best outcomes.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. This leads to the vein collapsing and being reabsorbed into local tissue. Over time the vein will gradually fade and the blood will be rerouted to healthier veins.
Laser uses light energy to cause the blood to clot and the vein to close. Similarly, overtime it will then allow the blood to be rerouted to healthier veins.
The procedure usually takes about 15-45 minutes. There is usually only slight to moderate discomfort. There does tend to be more pain with the laser than the injectable sclerotherapy. Very rarely do side effects occur with this treatment. The most common side effects are bruising, raised red areas, small skin sores, darkening of the skin, or tiny red blood vessels.
The average cost for sclerotherapy varies by the size and number of veins treated. Since spider vein sclerotherapy is usually considered a cosmetic procedure, cost of treatment is not covered by most medical insurance companies.
At the first visit, we will go over your health history and examine the area (free of charge) to make sure that you are a good candidate for cosmetic sclerotherapy. If there are any signs of other underlying blood disorders or contraindications to treatment, then we will refer you to the proper place.