Medical vs. Cosmetic Vein Therapy
Varicose Veins: A Medical or Cosmetic Condition?
Varicose veins can be considered both cosmetic and medical, however, in order for them to be considered medical a patient must experience physical symptoms.
Physical symptoms of varicose veins include:
- Aching in the legs
- Swelling of the legs
- Fatigue or tired feeling in the legs
- Skin color change
- Tenderness in the afflicted area
The patient must be experiencing symptoms relating to the varicose vein in order for it to be considered medical. It is important to note that a leg may appear completely normal yet have severe dysfunction, as the varicose veins may be deep to the skin. In this case symptoms may be restless leg syndrome, aching, swelling, tiredness and fatigue, change of pigment, tenderness etc. These symptoms can exist even if the vein is not visible, as the vein may be deeply embedded in the skin.
Compression hose can alleviate some of these uncomfortable symptoms; insurance companies usually require that patients wear this hose for 6-12 weeks, if they still have consistent symptoms even after using the hose they can be considered for medical coverage. In addition to the above requirements, our office will also submit a preapproved letter to the insurance company on your behalf.
Give yourself the gift of healthy, normal-looking skin. It’s more affordable that you might think! At your consultation, Dr. Wolf will answer your questions and explain our procedures and the results you can expect.