Sclerotherapy and laser treatment are two of the most common ways to treat spider veins. Sclerotherapy tends to cost less than laser treatment per session, but overall costs can vary widely.
The two most common treatments for spider veins are sclerotherapy and laser therapy.
Sclerotherapy is the most common method for treating spider veins. It’s a minimally invasive method in which a solution is injected into the affected veins. The next common method is laser treatment. In the United States, one sclerotherapy or laser treatment session costs $300 to $400.
While sclerotherapy is considered less expensive than laser treatment, total costs can vary widely depending on the size of your spider veins and their location.
Here’s what to know about paying for spider vein removal treatment.
According to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of sclerotherapy is about $413 per session. The average cost of a laser treatment session is about $312. These figures don’t include costs related to anesthesia, facilities, and other surgeon’s fees.
For most spider veins, you can expect to need at least a couple of sessions of sclerotherapy or laser treatment to make them disappear.
The exact number of sessions needed depends on the size of the spider vein and how far it’s spread. Smaller and more delicate veins, especially those on the face, may only require one or two sessions. Larger veins may need four or more sessions of either sclerotherapy or laser treatment.
Talk with your healthcare professional to get an estimate of how many sessions of either sclerotherapy or laser treatment you’ll likely need. Remember that this estimate may change depending on how your spider veins respond to the first treatment.
Spider vein removal is a cosmetic concern, so your insurance likely won’t cover it.
If the veins are large enough to be considered varicose veins, though, they may pose a potential health issue. In that case, your insurance may offer full or partial coverage.
While the internet is full of home remedies for spider veins, from apple cider vinegar to coffee scrubs, there’s no evidence that these approaches are effective for removing spider veins.
There are also numerous at-home laser treatment devices you can purchase. Most of them are geared toward laser hair removal, wrinkles, acne, and hyperpigmentation.
But these at-home devices aren’t as powerful as those used by healthcare professionals. While some people report noticing a mild improvement in the appearance of small spider veins after using these devices, they won’t do much for larger spider veins.
If you do attempt spider vein removal at home with one of these devices, be sure to carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid complications like burns, swelling, or discoloration.
On average, spider vein removal costs $300 to $400 per session. You can expect to need one to four sessions of sclerotherapy or one to six sessions of laser treatment to remove the spider veins completely. Keep in mind that larger veins may require additional sessions.