Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What causes spider and varicose veins?

A: Veins have valves that prevent blood from flowing backwards as it travels back to the heart. A vein becomes varicose when one or more these valves become weak, causing blood to collect inside the vein. Varicose vein occur in the legs and pelvis. Spider veins are also caused by the backup of blood but appear as blue and red lines just under the surface of the skin. and occur in the legs and face. A number factors contribute to the formation of varicose and spider veins including hormone changes, pregnancy, heredity, exposure to the sun, advancing age, prolonged standing, obesity, wearing tight undergarments or clothes, trauma or injury to the skin, and previous venous surgery.

Q: What is the Venefit Closure Procedure?

A: The Venefit Closure Procedure is a minimally invasive treatment for superficial venous reflux. A thin catheter is inserted into the vein through a small opening. The catheter delivers radio frequency (RF) energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse, and seal shut.

Q: What is sclerotherapy?

A: A tiny needle is used to inject the problem vein with a small amount of chemical which irritates and damages the vein wall. This is often used for small spider veins but can be used in larger veins as well. The vein is then “sclerosed” and seals shut.

Q: What is Ambulatory Phlebectomy?

A: Ambulatory phlebectomy is a method of removing varicose veins on the surface of the legs. This procedure is for medium to large vericose veins. It is done in the office under local anesthesia. This procedure involves making tiny punctures or incisions through which the varicose veins are removed. 

Q: What is Veinwave?

A: Veinwave is a technique used to treat spider and fine thread like veins on the face and nose. The Veinwave is an electrical device that delivers a tightly controlled burst of energy through a thin needle like probe placed over the vein. The discomfort is minimal and much less than some laser techniques and is more effective. The effect of the treatment is instantaneous, you can see the veins immediately disappear. It is sometimes used for veins of the upper chest as well. It removes almost all of the treated veins of the face and nose but is much less effective for leg veins. Sclerotherapy is the most effective treatment for spider veins of the leg. 

Q: Will insurance pay for this treatment?

A: Many insurance companies are paying for the Venefit Closure Procedure and Ambulatory Phlebectomy in part or in full. Most insurance companies determine coverage for all treatments, including the Venefit Closure Procedure, based on medical necessity. The Venefit Closure Procedure has positive coverage policies with most major health insurers. Non cosmetic Sclerotherapy for larger varicose veins is covered by most insurance companies but cosmetic Sclerotherapy for spider veins is never covered by insurance.

Q: How quickly after treatment can I return to normal activities?

A: Many patients can resume normal activities immediately. For a few weeks following the treatment, your doctor may recommend a regular walking regimen and suggest you refrain from very strenuous activities (heavy lifting, for example) or prolonged periods of standing.

Q: What are the risks associated with the Venefit Closure Procedure?

A: As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with the Venefit Closure Procedure. All patients should consult their doctors to determine if their conditions present any special risks. Your physician will review potential complications of the Venefit Closure Procedure at the consultation, and can be reviewed in the safety summary. Potential complications can include: vessel perforation, thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, phlebitis, hematoma, infection, paresthesia (numbness or tingling) and/or skin burn.

Q: I am not that worried about my varicose veins, should I be?

A: Only a physician call tell you if treatment is a viable option for your vein problem. You should seriously consider treatment if veins appear swollen, knotted, discolored, or tender. Your legs may feel heavy, achy, or itchy. If venous insufficiency or varicose veins are left untreated, symptoms can be expected to worsen over time.

Q. What can be done to prevent varicose and spider veins?

A: Not all varicose and spider veins can be prevented. But some things can reduce your chances of getting new varicose and spider veins. These same things can help ease discomfort from the ones you already have:

  • Exercise regularly to improve your leg strength, circulation, and vein strength. Focus on exercises that work your legs, such as walking or running.
  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting undergarments and clothing that constricts the waist, groin or legs
  • Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of a time.
  • Elevate the legs regularly while resting.
  • Control your weight. Excess weight burdens the entire circulatory system.
  • Avoid crossing your legs while seated
  • Wear Sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun and to limit spider veins on the face.