Sclerotherapy and Leg Vein Treatments
Leg veins are not just a cosmetic concern, but are an indicator of a deeper underlying issue with the circulation. When the veins are not working correctly this can lead to swelling, itching, skin discolouration and eventually ulcers in the legs later in life. Treating the cosmetic problem now can actually prevent the larger medical issues down the track.
There are three main types of problem veins-
- Spider veins- these fine tiny veins can appear on the face, neck and legs. These can be treated with our Laser or with injections called sclerotherapy.
- Reticular veins- these are darker and thicker veins that ‘feed’ the smaller spider veins. These can also be treated with our Laser or with sclerotherapy injections.
- Varicose veins- these are the larger and deeper veins that look bumpy under the skin
If you have any leg veins you are concerned about the first step is to book for a consultation with Dr Melissa McCann. The best treat option can be discussed, based on the type of veins that are present and how many require treating. An approximate cost will be discussed, and if compression stockings will be needed after injections you will be measured for these.
If you have any of the larger varicose veins, Dr McCann will arrange for a duplex or doppler ultrasound scan of the veins to determine the extent of the problem. For some people there is reflux of the saphenous vein and this may require sclerotherapy under ultrasound guidance. This will be discussed at your consultation.
As a guide, sclerotherapy injections for leg veins are usually $400-$800 depending on how many veins require treating, with additional costs for compression stockings and an ultrasound examination if this is required. Laser treatment of veins is approximately $250- $400 depending on the size of the area being treated.
Figure 4. Results of sclerotherapy – A) before treatment; B) 3 months after treatment; C) 1 year after treatment
Figure 3. Results of sclerotherapy – before treatment left, 1 year after treatment, right.
- Approximate Cost: Pricing ranges from $400-$800 depending on how many veins require treating, with additional costs for compression stockings and an ultrasound examination if this is required