How Much Does Varicose Vein Treatment Cost?
If you suffer from varicose veins, you may be considering treatment to correct the problem, but fear that the cost will be exorbitant. Varicose vein treatment cost ranges from $0 (if treatment is covered by insurance) to more than $3000. There are two factors that determine how much varicose veins treatment will cost:
- Is the treatment medically necessary or is it only cosmetic?
- Do you have underlying vein disease?
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are unhealthy veins that form as a result of elevated pressures in veins slightly deeper within the legs. Varicose veins are blue, green, or purple in color, and tend to have a torturous or twisted appearance. They may bulge from underneath the skin. The swollen veins can be unsightly and some people avoid wearing shorts, skirts, or short dresses to ensure that they aren’t seen. Wearing only pants or ankle-length dresses all year round is inconvenient and annoying. Varicose veins can detract from your self confidence and definitely limit your wardrobe options. They also can cause uncomfortable symptoms like swelling, pain, and restlessness. This is why you should see a vein expert to identify the type of vein disease you have and get proper treatment for it. But many people wonder how much varicose vein treatment will cost.
Causes of Varicose Veins
You are more likely to get varicose veins if you are female, have a job where you stand on your feet all day, are obese, or have a family history of varicose veins or blood clots. If you have a condition that places increased pressure on your abdomen, this can also be a cause of vein disease. Hormonal factors can also increase your risk of having varicose veins, such as using birth control pills, or a postmenopausal hormone replacement, or if you are going through menopause, puberty, or you are pregnant. The number one risk factor for varicose veins is genetics; if both your mother and father have varicose veins you have a 90% chance of vein disease yourself.
If you do not have underlying vein disease, also known as venous insufficiency, treatment is usually considered cosmetic and may cost more than $1000. If you have vein disease, insurance may cover the cost of treatment completely. Venous insufficiency is easily diagnosed using an ultrasound; a procedure that is painless and takes only 30 minutes.
Scheduling a consultation with one of our vein treatment experts is one of the best ways to determine the proper resolution for your varicose veins. The treatments can include sclerotherapy, laser or radiofrequency ablation, a medication called Varithena, or procedures such as Venaseal, or Clarivein.
Symptoms that Indicate a Medical Procedure is Necessary:
If your symptoms indicate that a medical procedure is necessary, insurance will cover all or most of the cost. These symptoms include pain, heaviness, restlessness, and swelling. Some varicose veins are caused by underlying chronic venous disease. If this is the case, your symptoms may only be fatigue and muscle soreness. During the consultation, if your symptoms and medical evidence indicates an underlying venous disease, then most likely your insurance will cover the procedure.
No Symptoms? Your Problem is Cosmetic Only
If you don’t really have any symptoms from the varicose veins, your vein disease is simply a cosmetic problem. If this happens, or if there is no evidence of underlying venous disease with leaky blood vessels, your insurance won’t cover the cost. But, you are still able to pay the costs out-of-pocket to cover cosmetic treatments. The cost of cosmetic treatments varies, but when administered by a board-certified doctor is usually more than $1000. Some clinics charge per injection, or per increment of physician time, but be wary of these pricing schemes. A physician should generally charge per vein, or per leg, and should be transparent about pricing throughout your treatment course.
Whether the vein treatment is considered medically necessary or you want to have the treatments to provide yourself with more self-confidence, there is a treatment plan that is right for you. Call today to schedule a consultation with one of our vein experts at one of our Vein Treatment Centers in New York, New Jersey, California, or Florida. We can speak with you more about how much varicose veins treatment costs.