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Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins

Although not in any way harmful, the gradual appearance of spider veins on the body, particularly in areas where they might cluster, may be bothersome due to the nature of their appearance. With cosmetic sclerotherapy we can make your spider veins vanish.

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins look a lot like what they sound like. They are dilated capillaries that can be red, purple, or blue, and their shape typically resembles spider legs, but can also look akin to webs, branches, or thin threads. They are also referred to as thread veins. They most commonly appear on the legs, but they can form anywhere on the body.

Although similar to and often mistaken for varicose veins, spider veins are distinguishable from varicose veins in that they stay below the surface of the skin and usually do not cause any discomfort or pain. Varicose veins bulge beyond the surface layer of the skin and can be painful. Spider veins are typically removed for aesthetic purposes alone, not medical ones.

The reason for the formation of spider veins is not entirely known. They form as a result of damaged or weakened valves in the veins, however what causes this insufficiency is unclear. They tend to more commonly appear in women than in men and their formation can be due to a number of reasons including pregnancy, hormonal changes or imbalances, injury, or they can simply be hereditary.

The Spider Vein Removal Procedure

Sclerotherapy is a minor and minimally-invasive procedure that requires no anesthetic and no downtime. The spider vein removal procedure can take anywhere from 20-60 minutes.

Your provider will carefully and gently inject a solution called a sclerosant directly into your spider veins. The medication will stop the blood flow to the veins and will redirect it to the healthier veins in the targeted area. Stopping blood flow to the spider veins is what will cause them to fade and ultimately disappear.

Sclerotherapy is not a painful procedure. A small needle is used to inject the medication. Some patients may find the treatment slightly uncomfortable but tolerable.

We recommend a minimum of three treatment sessions per spider vein for best results. Patients should not expect to see results until after the third treatment session.

Recovery following Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins

There is no downtime after sclerotherapy. You may return to work or your regular activities immediately after treatment.

You can expect to have red dots at the sites of injection that may be itchy or tender to the touch. You may also have some mild bruising. These side effects will resolve themselves within two weeks of your treatment.

You should avoid anything that may increase your risk of infection for the first 24 hours following your treatment such as pools or hot tubs. We also don’t recommend any heavy lifting for approximately 48 hours after treatment, though light to moderate exercise is fine. You should also avoid exposing the treated area to the sun for at least 4 days.

For best results we recommend applying arnica cream, and wearing compression stockings for one week following your treatment. You will be provided with detailed care guidelines at the end of your treatment.

The Cost of Sclerotherapy

The cost of sclerotherapy is dependent on the number of treatments required. During your complimentary consultation, your doctor will advise you on an individualized treatment plan that will address your particular case.

A set of sclerotherapy injections costs approximately $150 for 30 injections and $250 for 50 injections. Each set of injections is considered one treatment. In some cases, a patient may require more than 50 injections per treatment, in which case we may offer you a custom fee.

Because we are only offering cosmetic sclerotherapy at this time, this treatment is not eligible for OHIP coverage. If during your consultation with us we find that more extensive therapy is needed we will refer you to another clinic that can offer treatment covered by OHIP.

How Long Does Sclerotherapy Last?

The removal of spider veins is not permanent. Although spider veins can certainly be treated and fully removed, it is impossible to stop new spider veins from forming particularly if a patient is already prone to spider veins.

That being said everyone is different and the number of treatments you may or may not need is dependent on the way that your body reacts to the treatment. Some patients require maintenance treatments every 3-6 months, and some require them once a year. The frequency and number of treatments you require will be outlined during your complimentary consultation with us.

To find out more, please contact us by phone or e-mail or by filling out the Request for Information form below.

 

What to Expect

The PSC Method

Step 1: The PSC Consult

Step 1: The PSC Consult


Consultations are always free. This is our opportunity to get to know you and your vision. And then share with you our expertise and recommendations based on 30+ years of experience, and thousands of satisfied patients.

One patient's experience...

My overall experience has been nothing less than beyond exceptional! [The PSC] made me feel confident and comfortable from start to finish…

Via RATEMDS.

Step 2: The PSC Procedure

Step 2: The PSC Procedure


You’ll arrive on the day of surgery fully prepared and confident in your outcome, because your surgeon is internationally recognized as a leader in their field. You will wake up slightly groggy and a bit uncomfortable, and head home soon after.

One patient's experience...

My overall experience has been nothing less than beyond exceptional! [The PSC] made me feel confident and comfortable from start to finish…

Via RATEMDS.

Step 3: The PSC Follow Up

Step 3: The PSC Follow Up


We see every patient the day after surgery. Most find their discomfort extremely manageable, thanks to the pain relief pump. Our post-op nurse will walk you through every step of your recovery and answer all your questions.

One patient's experience...

My overall experience has been nothing less than beyond exceptional! [The PSC] made me feel confident and comfortable from start to finish…

Via RATEMDS.

Step 1: The PSC Consult


Consultations are always free. This is our opportunity to get to know you and your vision. And then share with you our expertise and recommendations based on 30+ years of experience, and thousands of satisfied patients.

One patient's experience...

My overall experience has been nothing less than beyond exceptional! [The PSC] made me feel confident and comfortable from start to finish…

Via RATEMDS.

Step 1: The PSC Consult
1 The PSC Consult

You and your surgeon will customize a plan to meet your needs and desired outcome.

Step 2: The PSC Procedure


You’ll arrive on the day of surgery fully prepared and confident in your outcome, because your surgeon is internationally recognized as a leader in their field. You will wake up slightly groggy and a bit uncomfortable, and head home soon after.

One patient's experience...

My overall experience has been nothing less than beyond exceptional! [The PSC] made me feel confident and comfortable from start to finish…

Via RATEMDS.

Step 2: The PSC Procedure
2 The PSC Procedure

All surgeries are day surgeries, done under general anesthetic at our private hospital.

Step 3: The PSC Follow Up


We see every patient the day after surgery. Most find their discomfort extremely manageable, thanks to the pain relief pump. Our post-op nurse will walk you through every step of your recovery and answer all your questions.

One patient's experience...

My overall experience has been nothing less than beyond exceptional! [The PSC] made me feel confident and comfortable from start to finish…

Via RATEMDS.

Step 3: The PSC Follow Up
3 The PSC Follow Up

We see you the very next day, ensuring optimal recovery and happiness with your result.

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