With Victoria’s varicose vein treatment you are able to take control of your varicose and spider vein problems. We can effectively treat varicose and spider veins using sclerotherapy treatments, which are minimally invasive and involve injecting a solution into varicose veins which causes them to fade and eventually disappear.
In addition to sclerotherapy treatments, we may also be able to treat varicose and visible veins using laser treatments. Laser treatments work by heating the blood vessels under the skin , causing the blood to coagulate, and the vessel will be absorbed by the body’s immune system.
Spider veins or varicose veins are unwanted blood vessels which a red or bluish colour and appear on the surface of the body. They appear most commonly on the legs and occasionally on the face or elsewhere.
They may be visible as short, unconnected lines each about the size of a large hair. Sometimes they’re connected in a scraggly, sunburst pattern, or they may resemble a spider web or tree with branches. In some people, varicose veins and spider veins occur in a small area and are not particularly noticeable and in others, they may cover a large area of skin and be quite unsightly. At times varicose veins can appear raised above the surface of the skin and occur in association with spider veins.
Though unwanted blood vessels do carry blood, varicose veins are not necessary to the circulatory system. If their presence is distressing, they can be treated by injection of a solution that will cause them to disappear or at least become much smaller. The chance for a greatly improved appearance is about 80%, particularly if the physician is experienced in their treatment.
Spider veins and varicose veins occur in both men and women, but more frequently in women.
The hormone oestrogen sometimes pays a role in their development due to puberty, birth control pills or pregnancy. They may also occur after a blow to a certain area of the body or as a result of wearing tight hosiery.
When they occur on the face, spider veins may be related to chronic sun exposure. They tend to occur on either the nose or the cheeks of fair skinned persons.
In the majority of cases, a procedure called sclerotherapy is used in which a sclerosing solution is injected with a very fine needle directly into the blood vessel. This procedure has been used for spider veins since the 1930´s and long before that for larger veins.
The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell and stick together and the blood to clot. Over a period of weeks, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view, eventually becoming barely or not at all visible.
Depending on its size, a single blood vessel may have to be injected more than once, some weeks apart, but in any one-treatment session a number of vessels can be injected. The solutions used vary somewhat with the size of the vessel to be injected. Your doctor will decide the solution that is best for your particular case.
The cause is not known, except that in many cases they seem to run in families. Identical twins in fact may be affected in the same area of the body and to the same extent. The condition can also occur as part of a large number of different diseases, both genetic and non-genetic.
There is no known method of prevention. Wearing support hosiery may prevent some unwanted blood vessels from developing in some people. Maintaining normal weight and regular exercise may also be helpful. Protection from the sun is important to reduce the number of unwanted vessels on the face.
After several treatments, most patients can expect a 50% to 80% improvement in treated vessels. However, the fading process is gradual and perfection is seldom achieved.
Spider veins may recur but in most of these cases it may seem that a previously injected vessel has recurred, when in fact a new spider vein has appeared in the same area.
Yes. All skin types and skin colours respond equally well.
Do not apply moisturizer to your legs on the day of appointment.
You may prefer to wear slacks to your appointment, as they will conceal the stocking and underlying compression pads. Some people like to bring a pair of shorts to wear during the treatment session.
Always bring your compression stocking for each appointment. You may not like the stocking but its use is vitally important to achieve good results.
Do not take minomycin or iron supplements before your treatment.
Do not take Omega three’s for one week prior to treatment.
Maintain normal daytime activities but we would advise that you walk at least half an hour a day – the more the better, as this works the calf muscles and pumps blood through other vessels back to the heart. Walking reduces the pressure in the superficial veins. Standing for prolonged periods must be avoided for two weeks following injection sessions, unless you are wearing your compression stockings.
Avoid strenuous physical activity (aerobics and weight lifting) for the first 72 hours. However, walking in the first 2 days is important, as it will relieve most of the aching from the injections.
Do not remove the stocking until your physician has instructed. The compression following the injection is essential to obtaining a good result. Cover the stocking with a plastic bag when showering.
Between treatments, the use of support stockings and socks that are correctly fitted is recommended especially for people who must be on their feet a lot. If you feel you may benefit from these please ask the nurse to show you the range that the Clinic has in stock. Special requirements and sizes can be readily ordered.
In order to obtain the best possible results, it is essential that you attend all scheduled follow-up appointments.
Potential side effects include:
These side effects may occur briefly after the treatment but usually subside within a few days. The full side effects will be explained to you fully during your consult with Dr Julie Ostberg.
Insurance coverage varies. If the treatment is solely for cosmetic reasons, it may not be covered. Sometimes a second opinion, pathology studies or photographs are required by insurance companies before treatment is begun.
Not necessarily, but the procedure must be done with caution to minimise the risk of blood clots.
The average cost is $230.00 per session. In most cases part of this fee may be claimed from Medicare. Support Stockings could cost approximately $70.00 per pair depending on the gradient required. Some Private Health Insurances will cover part of this fee.