I would like to know what can be done about my leg veins

Dear Dr. Reichel

Q: I have had spider veins on my legs for years and am very self-conscious about them.  I would like to know what the recovery time is after treatment and how long I have to wait before exercising again.  Do I need to wear a special garment or tights?  What can I expect to pay for this treatment so I can prepare.

A:  First off, Thank you for your question.  You will be in what are called "compression stockings" for the first 24 hours and will then need to wear them whenever possible during the first two weeks, such as standing, walking, working, etc.   You should avoid strenuous exercise for 3 days and then you can return to your normal routine.  The cost for the first sclerotherapy session can range from $400 to $550, however for very small areas it can be less than $400.  On average, you can expect to see results and complete treatment in 2-4 sessions, generally with an 80% overall improvement.  I like to space treatments about four weeks apart and recommend patients to start this treatment in fall or winter so they can be ready for summer.  Please call my office to schedule a consultation with me at 206.859.5777, I look forward to meeting you.

Thank you

Dr. Jennifer Reichel of Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Seattle

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