Eliminating varicose veins and spider veins can take time. The (usually!) cooler months of October through April can be an ideal time to start a course of treatment. For those with medically necessary cases, the type of deductible you have can also influence when treatment is right. Some deductibles offer a carryover which is a great money saver.
Once veins are treated they will collapse, shrink, and later be absorbed. Temporary bruising occurs to some extent with every patient, and usually fades within 1-2 weeks following treatment. Hyperpigmentation often occurs at the site of more prominent veins. These brownish streaks or spots (often mistaken for bruising) will eventually fade with time and disappear over the course of weeks and sometimes months for some patients.
The successfully closed veins from sclerotherapy contain blood, and blood contains iron. As the vein shrinks, iron is released into the skin where it causes a brown discoloration; this is called “post-treatment hyperpigmentation.” The iron is slowly removed by the body’s natural scavenging system (the reticuloendothelial system) for recycling into new blood cells. People vary greatly in the efficiency of this “mopping up” operation. This causes some people to have very little discoloration that disappears quickly in a few weeks, while others have darker discoloration that takes months to disappear.
A “deductible carryover” is when the deductible expenses paid by a member during the last 3 months of a calendar year are credited twice; once for the current year in which the services took place and a second credit which “carries over” to the next year’s deductible. This benefit may help you save money when you need services toward the end of the year but haven’t quite met the current year’s deductible.
Rather than postponing medically necessary treatment for painful varicose veins, contact our dedicated insurance coordinator to find out more. We can verify coverage and determine if your plan includes a deductible carryover – helpful information to know before treatment begins.
Not only is fall the best time to have your veins treated to allow your body the time it needs to respond from vein treatment but doing so in the cooler months makes covering up more tolerable in our Southern California weather!
Call us today at 949-515-9377 to start your treatment plan!