Treatment options: Endovenous ablation can be used to close off and destroy varicose veins. The minimally invasive technology uses laser energy and radiofrequency to heat, burn, and banish the warped veins, and is 98% effective. The highly successful procedure carries with it an equally hefty price tag; it costs between $1,500 and $4,000.
Sclerotherapy is another treatment frequently used to removal varicose veins. This treatment involves injecting a varicose vein with a saline solution. When the solution enters the vein, the lining becomes irritated, causing the blood vessel to clot and collapse. The swollen vessel then dies and becomes less obvious.
The sclerotherapy injections cost an average of $200-$500 and are known to cause burning and cramping for several minutes.
Surgical treatments: Unlike spider veins, varicose veins can be removed by a surgical procedure that isolates and extracts the veins through an incision in the groin. Performed as early as the 1950s, this vein stripping process is done under anesthesia, though discomfort will most likely linger afterward.