Varicose Veins

Reduce the appearance of varicose and spider veins.

What are Varicose and Spider Veins?

Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and twisted. They can appear raised above the skin (generally classified as large and medium varicose veins) and generally appear in the leg.

Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels that appear near the surface of the skin, and are sometimes referred to by their technical name of telangiectasias.

Varicose and spider veins affect over 50% of the population. Due to hormonal factors, it is three times more common among women than men. Varicose veins are mostly caused by heredity, but can also be brought on by pregnancy, aging, and working in a prolonged standing position.

What are the Treatment Options for Varicose Veins?

There are multiple solutions to eliminate or reduce the appearance of varicose and spider veins.

The treatment options include Vbeam, which is a light-based device which can blast away smaller spider veins (less than 1mm), Sclerotherapy, which is a method of injecting either a special saline (for veins 1-3 mm) or foam (greater than 3mm) solution into larger spider and reticular veins which causes them to shrink, and Endovenous Ablation Techniques (also known as endovenous laser treatments) which treat larger and deeper varicose veins.

Varicose Veins Before & After Photos

Photos courtesy of Victoria Park and Medtronic
Warning: These photos are published for reference only to provide information on the nature of the treatment. They do not constitute a guarantee of results.

Why Victoria Park Medispa?

Victoria Park Medispa is one of the only facilities which offers Vbeam, sclerotherapy and all minimally invasive ablation options so you get the option that is right for you.

Our varicose vein offerings are supervised by a Vascular Surgeon, Dr. Ricardo Ruz, the Chief of Vascular Surgery at Cité de la Santé. Dr. Ruz was the first vascular surgeon in Quebec to offer VenaSeal non-thermal ablation which provides the benefits of not requiring anaesthesia and no risk of skin burns or nerve damage as there can be with heat-based ablation treatment.

We also use a Doppler ultrasound, an important element for proper varicose vein diagnosis and treatment, which allows our team at Victoria Park to provide the best possible individualized treatment plan for your condition.

FAQs about Varicose Veins Treatments

How will I know which treatment is right for me?

Your first meeting will be with a physician specialist who will examine the varicose veins which bother you, offer the appropriate diagnostic workup, and explain the available treatment options.

How long does each treatment take?

Vbeam and Sclerotherapy treatments can take 15 to 30 minutes depending on size and location(s) of the treatment area. Multiple sessions can sometimes be necessary depending on the veins and desires of the patient. Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation takes between 45 to 60 minutes per leg. Endovenous cyanoacrylate glue treatment with VenaSeal also generally takes between 30 to 45 minutes per leg.

How does Sclerotherapy Work?

Various solutions, usually saline-based, are injected by the physician specialist into the varicose veins, to “irritate” the vein walls. This causes a scarring reaction which then causes the vein walls to stick together. Within a few weeks, the veins are “sclerosed” under the skin, and disappear without a trace. For certain cases, a sclerosing foam may also been used when treating larger varicose vein networks.

How many sessions are required?

The number of sessions depends on the extent of the varicose vein issue and the applicable treatment. For Sclerotherapy, some patients only need two or three sessions, while others need more than fifteen; however, on average, it should take about six to eight sessions to produce good results.  The VenaSeal treatment is performed only a single time. Vbeam for smaller spider veins usually consists of two to four treatments a few weeks apart.

Is Sclerotherapy painful? Is there any downtime?

Patients report that sclerotherapy is comparable to a mosquito bite, and it may leave some sensitivity for a day or two, like a bruise. Injections around the knees and ankles can cause mild swelling that will disappear after a few days. Patients should avoid sun exposure to treated areas for at least two weeks following therapy.

How does the VenaSeal System work?

Using ultrasound, a doctor will guide a tiny catheter through a small access site in the skin and into the diseased area of the vein. Next, the VenaSeal dispenser delivers a small amount of medical glue to close the vein. Once the affected vein is closed, blood is immediately re-routed through other healthy veins in the leg.

Does VenaSeal require anaesthesia? Is it painful?

The VenaSeal procedure requires no anaesthesia; only a small amount of numbing medicine at the access site is used. Patients treated with the VenaSeal system have reported little to no pain or discomfort, both during and after the procedure.

Is there any downtime following a VenaSeal procedure?

After the procedure, a small bandage is placed over the access site and you should be able to return to your normal activities. Patients have reported minimal to no scarring, bruising, or swelling following the procedure.

Are varicose vein treatments covered by health insurance?

We treat varicose and spider veins for aesthetic reasons. The only treatment covered by health insurance is Saphenous Vein Stripping which is a surgical procedure performed under general or regional anesthesia when the patient’s condition is medically required (like recurrent venous ulcers, bleeding complications, thrombotic complications).

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