Varicose veins in the legs are always unwanted and they can become unsightly or cause discomfort. Me Clinic offers treatments for varicose veins and spider veins, including sclerotherapy and laser procedures. These treatments aim to manage the issues associated with these conditions, but results can vary between individuals.
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Common causes of varicose veins
Varicose veins can happen to anyone but there are certain factors that can increase the possibility of experiencing them. Factors include:
Family History: You are more likely to experience varicose veins if a parent had them.
Age: As a person ages, the valves in the veins may not work as efficiently as they once did leading to pressure in the veins that causes them to dilate.
Gender: Women are more prone to develop varicose veins due to hormonal changes.
Being overweight: Obesity can exert pressure on a person’s veins.
Damaged veins: An illness or accident can result in damaged varicose veins.
Standing or sitting for long periods: Veins are forced to work harder if you regularly stand or sit for extended periods of time. Avoid wearing high heels whenever possible.
Previous blood clots: Phlebitis, thrombophlebitis and deep vein thrombosis, venous insufficiency, poor blood circulation, and leg ulcers can cause varicose veins.
High Intensive exercises: Marathon running, heavy weights.
Symptoms of varicose veins
Varicose veins aren’t always painful, but they are often unsightly and unwanted. Signs and symptoms of varicose veins include:
- Veins that are a dark purple or blue colour
- Abnormal veins that have become twisted or bulged
- An achy feeling or heaviness in the legs
- Sensations such as burning, throbbing, or cramping in the legs
- Swelling in the lower legs
- Pain in the legs after long periods of sitting or standing
- Itchiness around the veins
Treatments for varicose leg veins
There are several effective varicose vein treatment pathways available. These include Sclerotherapy, Laser Treatment, Endovenous Laser Ablation Treatment (EVLT), and Varicose Vein Surgery. Following is a quick overview of the options.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment method that involves injecting a solution (sclerosant) into the affected vein using very small micro-needle punctures. This can cause the vein to scar and blood may reroute. The collapsed vein may reabsorb into local body tissue and potentially fade over time. Sclerotherapy may be considered for large veins in the legs, as well as smaller veins that could potentially deteriorate and become larger varicose veins. However, results can vary between individuals.
Me Clinic Foam Sclerotherapy Treatment costs start at around $435. Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy costs start at around $640.
Laser Treatment is another treatment option. This non-invasive treatment involves the absorption of laser light into the blood in the vein, which converts to heat and may cause the vein to shrink. This technique is often used to treat small spider veins on the face and may also be suitable for treating small veins on the legs and body. Laser treatments include Aura Laser, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Laser Genesis and YAG Laser. The cost of each treatment varies, starting from $350. However, results can vary between individuals.
Endovenous Laser Ablation Treatment (EVLT)
EVLT, also known as radiofrequency ablation, is a treatment method that involves inserting a fibre-optic probe into the vein and using laser light or radio frequency to generate heat, which may cause the vein to shrink and close. This treatment may be considered for larger veins such as the Greater Saphenous and Small Saphenous veins. EVLT typically costs more than Sclerotherapy but less than vein surgery, starting from around $3,600. However, results can vary between individuals.
Varicose Vein Surgery
There are two types of varicose vein surgery: Ambulatory Phlebectomy and traditional vein surgery. Ambulatory Phlebectomy can be performed under local anaesthetic and involves the surgical extraction (vein stripping) of the veins by making only very small incisions. Traditional vein surgery, performed under general anaesthetic, is suitable for treating larger veins that require ligation (tying off). However, this is rarely offered as an option. It’s important to note that results can vary between individuals.
Varicose veins – diagnosis and treatment
Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your treatment of varicose veins at Me Clinic.
When you contact us, we will arrange a one-on-one consultation with an experienced Me Clinic physician who will:
- undertake an assessment of your individual condition
- explain the various treatment options and likely outcomes
- provide an overview of the treatment process and expected timeframes
- undertake a general medical consult (in most cases), and
- provide a quote outlining the associated costs of treatment.
- Book your procedure
If you decide to proceed with treatment, we will schedule a time for you to undergo the procedure.
- Conduct the procedure
The procedure will be performed. Your physician will advise on what to expect following the procedure. Depending on the chosen procedure, most patients are able to return home immediately following treatment.
Depending on the type of treatment performed, you may need to attend a post-procedure check-up. We will also be available for you to contact us if you need to discuss any concerns or have any questions.
How to treat spider veins on your legs
Microsclerotherapy is a treatment method often used for spider veins in the legs. The treatment involves injecting a sclerosant into the vein using a very fine needle. The sclerosant may cause the vein wall to collapse, potentially stopping blood flow in the vein. The treated vein tissue may gradually reabsorb into the body. However, results can vary between individuals.
Other treatment pathways for spider veins are Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and vascular lasers. Healing is similar to overcoming a mild case of sunburn, and there is a slight possibility of crusting or blistering on the treated area.
How to prevent varicose veins
Some steps can be taken to improve blood flow and prevent varicose veins from developing or getting worse. These include:
- Exercising regularly
- losing weight
- avoiding sitting or standing for prolonged periods
- avoiding tight-fitting clothing
- putting your feet up when you can
- wear compression stockings
Costs involved with varicose vein treatments
There are a number of factors that can affect the cost of varicose vein treatments. a clear picture will be provided during your initial Me Clinic consultation with one of our physicians. Here is a summary of the main fees involved.
- Consultation fee
- Treatment fee, including anaesthetic fee if applicable
- The number of treatment sessions required
- The type of treatment
- Compression garment
- Post-procedure care
Choose Me Clinic to treat your varicose veins
Varicose vein treatment procedures at Me Clinic offer outstanding results. When you choose Me Clinic as a health care provider, you will benefit from working with a professional clinic with more than 35 years of experience in the cosmetic surgery field. Check out Me Clinic varicose veins treatment before and after photos and success stories from real patients, and contact us for a treatment plan that will transform your appearance.
We are your support team every step of the way, including a quality after-care program to monitor your recovery and ensure you receive the best possible care. Book a consult with Me Clinic today and get your transformative journey started.
Our Practitioners Who Specialise in Varicose Vein Treatments:
Dr Vik Jayaprakash
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We perform the following Varicose Veins Melbourne treatments
Sclerotherapy can treat large veins, either alone, or in conjunction with less invasive outpatient surgery.
EVLT is a relatively new and very effective treatment for larger veins such as the greater Saphenous and small Saphenous veins.
The Me Clinic was one of the first Clinics in Australia to perform this treatment. The advantages of this treatment is a quick recovery time and it is suitable to treat large veins in both summer and winter.
Surgery is the older and more traditional method for treating large varicose veins.
Surgery is the older and traditional method for treating large varicose veins.
Laser Treatments are the the treatment of choice for treating small, spider veins on the face and nose.
UGS is a relatively new and very effective to treat medium veins that are hidden beneath the skin.
The Me Clinic was one of the first Clinics in Australia to perform this treatment. The advantages of this treatment is a quick recovery time and it is suitable to treat deeper veins in both summer and winter.
Do you have visible varicose veins causing discomfort? Me Clinic offers the Ambulatory Phlebectomy treatment to remove the veins by a keyhole incision.
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What is the main cause of varicose veins?
The main causes of varicose veins are family history (genetics), ageing, being overweight, and standing or sitting for extended periods. Women experiencing menopause are also more prone to suffer from varicose veins as are pregnant women.
Can you completely get rid of varicose veins?
Yes, you can completely get rid of varicose veins. These veins are not major blood vessels and when varicose veins are removed the blood will reroute and flow through healthy nearby veins instead.New veins may develop with time.