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What is Vein Treatment?

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the offending vein. This solution causes the vein to scar, forcing blood to reroute through healthier non-observed veins.

Varicose and spider veins occurring on the legs, face and nose can be treated.

Cost:

Sclerotherapy may be covered by Manitoba Health depending on the severity of your varicose veins. Spider veins will not be covered and must be paid for privately. The price ranges from $200-600.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Patients are required to wear compression dressings or stockings for 1-3 weeks after treatment for best long-term results.

Here’s how and why you can remove spider veins.
Spider veins are not functioning.
In case the idea of evaporating your blood vessels makes you uneasy, spider veins are already broken. They’re not doing the job they were meant to do, so your circulatory system won’t miss them.

Spider veins in your legs usually arise because the tiny valves that push the blood forward weaken with age. As the capillaries bulge with blood, they branch out, causing the spidery appearance of red, blue, or purple superficial veins.
When you have spider veins on your face, they’re usually a sign of damage. Sun exposure can degrade the integrity of facial veins. So can treating your face too roughly, particularly around the nose.

Anything that increases pressure on your blood vessels increases your risk of broken valves and weakened veins and capillaries. Even being overweight, pregnant, or standing all day, could increase your risk for spider veins.

The treatment usually takes about 20 minutes. Your spider veins clear up gradually over the next few weeks as your body reabsorbs and eliminates the collapsed capillaries.

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Where does it work

Varicose and spider veins occurring on the legs, face and nose can be treated.

Short Q&A

If you have other questions, feel free to book an in-person appointment today so that Doctor Omichinski can help to inform you further.

What are they?
Varicose veins are dilated veins most commonly located in the legs but are also seen elsewhere in the body.
Are they different kinds?
They are divided into different types based on size and location, larger dilated veins are true varicose veins which tend to be deeper, while smaller ones are call reticular and spider veins, and those are usually closer to the surface.
What causes these?
Multiple factors lead to varicose veins, these include genetics (varicose veins are inherited), weight, pregnancy, gender, hormones, age, trauma, as well as other causes.
Do veins hurt?
People can have symptoms from varicose veins, but it is usually the larger ones that cause symptoms, these include leg fatigue, swelling, burning, inflammation (redness), and even skin breakdown.
Can I get rid of them?
Veins can be managed and reduced by several techniques, conservative and preventative measures include compression to decrease pressure in veins as well as some medications that have shown to decrease vein symptoms and help to prevent further vein growth.

Interventions available include surgical and non-surgical measures. Not all veins can be managed non surgically and may only be able to be managed through surgery. Non-surgical measures include electrical or laser treatments. Or use of medications injected into the vein.

Surgical treatments remove the offending veins while non-surgical measures work by irritating the lining of the vein, and then compressing the sides together so that the vein sticks closed and eventually goes away. Our team uses injections with safe agents to manage veins.

Are treatments permanent?
When done successfully the veins that are treated will disappear, but unfortunately due to the causes of varicose veins new ones may occur along other vein pathways.
Are treatments covered by Manitoba health insurance?
Varicose vein therapies may be covered by Manitoba health if the veins are both large enough and are symptomatic. The cost of the injection agent is not covered, but we do supply the product for the client.

Smaller veins and asymptomatic veins like spider veins are not covered but can still be successfully managed but are billed privately to the client.

Do I always have to wear the stockings?
It is recommended that stockings become part of your treatment and prevention plan for vein management, the regular daily use of stockings helps to ensure success of injections and it also decreases the risk for future varicose vein formation.
How do you determine the treatment plan?
Consultations in the office are completed, ideally an individual should be referred by their primary health care provider, but direct bookings are acceptable. One of our vein team members will review the history and do a thorough assessment to determine the best options for vein management for everyone. By using doppler or bed side ultrasound the physician will be able to provide the best options for the client to ensure a successful treatment plan. Once in place the physician will provide a prescription for compression stockings if not already available and will set up a future appointment for injection day.
What happens after injections?
The client is provided with a care plan printout for what to do after including dos and don’ts. This is reviewed at the initial appointment as well as the date of the injections. A follow-up appointment occurs approximately 2 weeks later to determine if touch up injections might be required .
Are there complications to injections?
The most common complications are bleeding and bruising at the injection site and occasionally local reaction with irritation and redness. Rarer complications include infection and allergic reactions.

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