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Sclerotherapy for spider veins.

Sclerotherapy is the treatment of unsightly small spider or varicose veins using nonsurgicaltechniques. Microinjections are used to treat these veins on a walk in – walk out basis. While a total clearance of spider veins is unlikely, a 70-80% improvement is usually achievable.

What does the sclerotherapy treatment involve?

A sclerosing solution known as polidocanol is injected directly into the small blood vessels, leading to a reaction that causes the vessels to collapse. Blood can no longer flow through the veins and they are eventually reabsorbed by the body. The needles used for the injections are very fine and pain is generally not a problem. There may be some slight stinging as the solution travels through the smaller blood vessels, but again this is quite tolerable. As the veins collapse they appear darker in colour. Therefore the cosmetic appearance of the veins will temporarily worsen for 1-2 weeks, before gradually fading away. A treatment generally takes 30-45 minutes and you will be able to return to normal activities immediately afterwards. Light compression bandages are worn for 3 days following the treatment.

How much does it cost to treat varicose veins?

Sclerotherapy costs from $200 per treatment, depending on the number and size of veins injected. Sometimes 1-3 treatments are needed at approximately 2-3 weekly intervals. A Medicare rebate is often available to cover some of the costs.

From 1st October 2016, Medical Board (AHPRA) guidelines regarding the provision of cosmetic procedures, require a consultation and a “cooling-off” period prior to any cosmetic treatments.

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