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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our frequently asked questions:

How much does the treatment cost?
How do I get started?
What causes spider veins?
What is Sclerotherapy?
What is the procedure like?
Is there any special care after treatment?
How does sclerotherapy compare to laser?
Will the veins come back?
Who will do the treatment?
What kind of lesions can be treated?
How is the treatment accomplished and does it hurt?
What does it look like and what wil lI have to do?

How much does the treatment cost?
   
 

We have affordable, competitive pricing (more information can be found on our website). Charges are by session, each of which last an hour and is very thorough. Though not covered by insurance (considered cosmetic) this procedure is applicable to any pre-tax plan you have for uncovered medical expenses.

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How do I get started?
   
 

Most people are good candidates for treatmen but, to make sure before starting sclerotherapy for leg veins, you will need to schedule a consultation. At this time we will show you before and after pictures of previously treated patients, review your medical history and examine your veins. We need to schedule a vascular ultrasound of your veins to determine deep vein function. We can determine how many treatment sessions are needed to say many treatment sessions are needed to say goodbye to your unwanted veins.

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What causes spider veins?
   
 

Heredity, pregnancy, estrogen medications, birth control pills cause them, as well as years on prolonged standing or sitting, and injuries to the legs.

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What is Sclerotherapy?
   
 

Developed in Europe in the early 1930's sclerotherapy is a proven method of treating spider veins of the legs. Sclerotherapy is done by using an extremely fine and nearly painless needle to inject the spider veins with a sclerosing solution. This causes the spider vein to collapse, dry up and be naturally absorbed by the body (thereby disappearing). Typically 85-90% of spider veins and small varicose veins can be successfully treated with sclerotherapy. Because these veins are no longer functioning, eliminating them will not harm the circulation.

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What is the procedure like?
   
 

First a soothing rubbing alcohol is wiped on the skin. A tiny hair-like needle is then lightly inserted into the veins and a small amount of the sclerosing solution is injected. Depending on the veins, a total of 2-4 sessions may be required (spaced several weeks apart). Total resolution may take a few months. Patients find our sclerotherapy treatmen to be nearly painless (like tiny bug bites with a mild stinging sensation).

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Is there any special care after treatment?
   
 

There is no "down time" after treatment. Most normal activities can be resumed immediately. Although walking is okay, heavy exercise, prolonged standing or sitting, hot baths or showers should be avoided for the first 48 hours. Some areas may need compression bandages for a few days and support stocking are recommended to help healing and prevent new veins.

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How does sclerotherapy compare to laser?
   
 

For leg veins, sclerotherapy has proven to be more effective than laser therapy. Blood vessels on the face, however, respond better to laser therapy.

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Will the veins come back?
   
 

Once absorced, the treated veins will not come back. In genetically prone patients, tiny new veins can appear throughout life and will require periodic 'touch-up' treatment to maintain the results.

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Who will do the treatment?
   
 

Dr. Barbara E. Hansen M.D. received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1983, and did her Internal Medicine residency training at Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, and Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Hansen has international experience with a Tropical Medicine externship in London, England and a Pediatric/ OB-GYN in Kenya, Africa. She also served in the U.S. Peace Corps for four years as a public health worker, microbiologist and teacher.

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What kind of lesions can be treated?
   
 

The laser can be used to treat vascular lesions such as facial spider veins, cherry angiomas (slightly raised red lesions) and rosacea (red leasions around the nose and cheeks causing a sunburnt look). Laser is also used to treat pigmented lesions like lentigines, keratoses, freckles, and other dark spots often associated with age and sun exposure.

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How is the treatment accomplished and does it hurt?
   
 

You will be placed in a reclined position and wear goggles to protect your eyes. Anesthesia is not required as the laser is easily tolerated. Application is done with a handpiece that looks like a pencil and directs light to the area to be treated. Cooling aloe is applied before and after the treatment.

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What does it look like and what wil lI have to do?
   
 

There is usually some redness for the first 3-4 hours, slight swelling for 1-2 days and final results are visible in 2 weeks after treatment. You may want to apply aloe or a mild cortisone cream to the treated area for a few days. For the first week we ask you to avoid sun and retinol/ glycolic products.

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January 03, 2013

Dr . Hansen has joined Rodan & Fields Dermatologists..click for more info...

 
 
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