About varicose veins
If you suffer from varicose veins you are not alone. More than 30 per cent of the population suffer from these unsightly and often painful veins, with women more commonly affected than men.
These veins often emerge and become increasingly noticeable as we age. The valves in our veins no longer function properly, causing blood to pool in the veins, but they can also appear as a result of pregnancy, genetics or prolonged standing.
Treatment options for varicose veins
In the past, invasive surgery used to be the only treatment available to treat varicose veins, however now there is a range of treatment options available including Sclerotherapy and Laser treatments.
Sclerotherapy is without parallel the most effective treatment for varicose veins in the legs.
During sclerotherapy treatment, a solution is injected into the affected vein using very small micro-needles. The solution causes the walls of the vein to corrode before the body’s natural healing process causes the vein to shrink and eventually disappear.
Sclerotherapy is a suitable option to treat smaller accessory veins and prevent them from progressing into larger bulging varicose veins, but it can also treat large veins either in isolation or in conjunction with less invasive outpatient surgery.
Laser treatment options to treat leg and facial veins include:
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technique utilises a light-emitting device to target affected areas while leaving surrounding healthy cells unaffected. This treatment is suitable for treating fine capillaries and general facial flushing. This treatment is also effective for overall skin rejuvenation.
Cutera Laser Vein Therapy is used to treat a broad range of vessels from tiny spider veins to deep blue reticular veins quickly, safely and effectively. This treatment delivers pulses of light energy which cause the blood with in the vein to coagulate therefore destroying the unwanted vessels. Cutera Laser Vein Therapy treatment is most suitable for treating small spider veins on the face and body. It can also treat veins which have not responded to sclerotherapy. Knotty varicose veins are not good candidates. Patients with dark, light or tanned skin can experience outstanding results. Your physician will examine and determine which vessels can be treated and the best course of treatment.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is another laser procedure which is effective at treating larger veins such as the Greater Saphenous and Small Saphenous veins, with a very short recovery period.
During EVLT treatment, the vein is heated by a fibre-optic probe causing it to shrink, before new collagen is developed in the vein by the body’s natural healing process. Any remaining surface veins can then be treated with Sclerotherapy.
Cost of varicose vein treatments
While the cost of treatment will vary according to the severity and number of veins requiring treatment, the following table provides an indication of the starting cost of each treatment at me clinic:
|Treatment option||Starting cost ($AUD)|
|Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment||$150|
|Cutera Laser Vein Therapy||$350|
|Endovenous Laser Treatments (EVLT)||$1850|
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