Varicose and Spider Vein Treatment FAQs

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on varicose and spider vein treatment FAQs. If you’re seeking answers and insights regarding these common vein conditions, you’ve come to the right place. At St. John’s Vein Center, we provide expert information and solutions to help you better understand the treatment options available. From causes and symptoms to recovery and prevention, we address the most frequently asked questions to support your journey toward optimal vein health. Explore our FAQs to gain valuable knowledge and make informed decisions regarding varicose and spider vein treatment.


    1. What causes varicose and spider veins?
      Varicose and spider veins are primarily caused by weakened or damaged valves within the veins. When these valves fail to function properly, blood can flow backward and pool in the veins, leading to their enlargement and the appearance of visible veins on the skin’s surface. Genetics, hormonal changes, pregnancy, prolonged sitting or standing, obesity, and age can contribute to the development of varicose and spider veins.
    2. Are varicose and spider veins a cosmetic concern or a medical issue?
      Varicose and spider veins can be both a cosmetic concern and a medical issue. While the appearance of these veins may cause self-consciousness and impact a person’s confidence, they can also lead to uncomfortable symptoms such as pain, swelling, heaviness, and fatigue in the legs. Occasionally, untreated varicose veins can progress and cause more severe complications, including skin ulcers or blood clots. Therefore, seeking appropriate treatment is advisable for both cosmetic and medical reasons.
    3. What symptoms are associated with varicose veins?
      Varicose veins can cause various symptoms, including aching or throbbing pain, a feeling of heaviness or fatigue in the legs, swelling, itching, and cramping. These symptoms may worsen after prolonged periods of standing or sitting. In more severe cases, skin changes, such as discoloration, inflammation, or the development of ulcers, may occur. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is recommended to consult with a vein specialist for evaluation and appropriate treatment options.
    4. How do you diagnose varicose veins?
      At St. John’s Vein Center, our vein specialists diagnose varicose veins through physical examination and diagnostic tests. During the examination, your medical history and symptoms will be assessed. A visual inspection of the affected areas will be performed, and the doctor may ask you to describe your symptoms in detail. Diagnostic tests, such as duplex ultrasound, may also be conducted to evaluate the blood flow and detect underlying vein abnormalities. This comprehensive approach allows our specialists to accurately diagnose and tailor a treatment plan based on your needs.
    5. What treatment options are available for varicose and spider veins?
      St. John’s Vein Center offers a range of effective treatment options for varicose and spider veins. These include minimally invasive procedures such as sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), and ambulatory phlebectomy. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a specialized solution into the affected veins to collapse and fade them. EVLA uses laser energy to seal off the diseased veins, and ambulatory phlebectomy removes varicose veins through tiny incisions. Treatment choice depends on factors such as the size, location, and severity of the veins and the individual patient’s needs and preferences.
    6. Which treatment option is best for my specific condition?
      Your condition’s most suitable treatment option will be determined during a consultation with our vein specialists. After a thorough evaluation, including a discussion of your symptoms and a physical examination, our experts will recommend the most appropriate treatment plan tailored to your needs. Factors such as the type and size of veins, their location, and your overall health will be considered to determine the best course of action for optimal results.
    7. Are the treatments performed at St. John’s Vein Center minimally invasive?
      All the treatments performed at St. John’s Vein Center are minimally invasive. Minimally invasive procedures involve using tiny incisions or injections to treat varicose and spider veins, minimizing discomfort, scarring, and downtime. These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, allowing you to resume your normal activities with minimal disruption to your daily routine.
    8. How long does each treatment session typically take?
      The duration of each treatment session varies depending on the type and extent of the veins being treated. However, most St. John’s Vein Center treatment sessions can be completed within 30 minutes to an hour. During your consultation, our vein specialists will provide a more accurate estimate of the time required for your specific treatment.
    9. Is the treatment painful?
      The treatments offered at St. John’s Vein Center are designed to be as comfortable as possible. Local anesthesia is typically used during the procedures to ensure patient comfort. While some patients may experience mild discomfort or a sensation of pressure during treatment, it is generally well-tolerated. Our experienced medical team will guide you throughout the process, addressing any concerns and ensuring your comfort and well-being.
    10. Will I need multiple treatment sessions?
      The number of treatment sessions required depends on the individual patient and the extent of their condition. Mild varicose or spider veins cases may require only one treatment session, while more severe cases may necessitate multiple sessions for optimal results. During your consultation, our vein specialists will assess your condition and provide a personalized treatment plan, including an estimated number of sessions required to achieve the desired outcome.
    11. How long is the recovery period after treatment?
      St. John’s Vein Center’s recovery period after varicose and spider vein treatment is typically minimal. Most patients can resume their regular activities immediately after treatment. However, it is advisable to follow post-treatment instructions provided by our specialists, which may include wearing compression stockings, avoiding strenuous activities for a few days, and keeping the treated area clean and protected. Your vein specialist will provide specific aftercare guidelines to ensure a smooth recovery.
    12. Are there any potential risks or complications associated with the treatments?
      While the treatments offered at St. John’s Vein Center are generally safe, all medical procedures carry some risk. Potential risks and complications are rare but can include temporary bruising, swelling, mild discomfort, skin discoloration, or rare allergic reactions. Our vein specialists will discuss these risks with you during your consultation and take all necessary precautions to minimize the chances of any complications.
    13. Will my insurance cover the cost of varicose vein treatment?
      Insurance coverage for varicose vein treatment varies depending on your insurance provider and the specific terms of your policy. In some cases, treatment for varicose veins may be covered if deemed medically necessary. At St. John’s Vein Center, our knowledgeable staff can assist you in navigating insurance matters and provide the necessary documentation for insurance reimbursement whenever applicable.
    14. How long will it take to see results after treatment?
      The time it takes to see visible results after varicose vein treatment varies from patient to patient. In some cases, improvements can be noticed immediately after treatment; in others, it may take weeks or months for the treated veins to fade or disappear. Our vein specialists will guide you on what to expect regarding results and provide a realistic timeline during your consultation.
    15. Are there any lifestyle changes I should make to prevent the recurrence of varicose veins?
      It is beneficial to adopt certain lifestyle habits to help prevent the recurrence of varicose veins. These may include regular exercise to improve circulation and leg muscle strength, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding prolonged periods of sitting or standing, elevating your legs when resting, and wearing compression stockings as recommended. Our vein specialists will provide personalized advice on lifestyle modifications to support long-term vein health.


At St. John’s Vein Center, we are dedicated to addressing your varicose and spider vein concerns with professionalism, expertise, and personalized care. Call 904.373.1237 today to schedule an appointment.