The veins in your body go through a lot throughout your life, and with time, bodily changes, and environmental factors, these veins can get worn out. You may begin to see that your veins are more noticeable now, and that’s ok. Over 40 million men and women experience spider veins and varicose veins throughout their lifetime; however, it more commonly affects women.

Varicose veins are large, blue, raised, swollen, twisted blood vessels. They most commonly develop in the legs and feet and can be unattractive and sometimes painful. Spider veins (technical name: telangiectasias) are small, red, purple, or blue dilated blood vessels that are visible through the skin or mucous membranes. Spider veins most often develop on the legs and face.

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Candidates

You may be a candidate for a custom vein treatment if you find the appearance of spider veins or varicose veins troublesome. If you feel that visible veins are diminishing your quality of life or confidence, advanced vein treatments provided by Dr. Ostad can leave your skin smoother and more clear.

Procedure

Ariel Ostad MD PC offers two effective treatments to treat spider and varicose veins: laser therapy and sclerotherapy.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment. Dr. Ostad uses the excel V™ laser, which combines two wavelengths for maximum skin penetration: a 532 nm KTP laser wavelength and two 1064 nm Nd: Yag laser wavelengths. This device uses pulses of laser energy to target the vein. Many patients claim that it feels like a stinging sensation. The laser is absorbed by an irregular blood vessel, and the light of the laser is converted into heat energy. This process destroys the blood vessel and causes it to collapse and seal shut, eventually being absorbed by the body over time.

Recovery

There is little-to-no downtime with laser therapy or sclerotherapy vein treatments. Normal activities may be resumed the following day when undergoing laser therapy and immediately after sclerotherapy. Patients may be advised to wear compression stockings for some time after the procedure to ensure complete results.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive vein procedure. For this tried-and-true technique, a fine needle is used to inject a solution into the vein. Dr. Ostad may use an advanced, ultrasound-guided technique to insert the solution into the affected vein. The solution irritates the walls of the vein, which then causes the vein to collapse. Because the collapsed vein does not allow any blood flow, the body automatically reroutes the blood so that it flows through other healthy veins in the body. Over time, the collapsed, destroyed vein is absorbed by the body.

Results

Depending on the condition of the veins, most patients see visibly noticeable results after about one week for laser therapy and almost immediately to one week after for sclerotherapy patients. Some patients may require multiple treatment sessions to achieve the results they desire. Patients will experience a boost in confidence and the freedom to wear whatever they’d like since they don’t have to worry about unsightly veins showing anymore. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the recovery like after spider and varicose vein treatment in NYC?

There is little to no downtime with sclerotherapy or laser vein treatment. You can expect to resume normal activities immediately after sclerotherapy and by the following day when undergoing laser vein treatment. You may be advised to wear compression stockings for some time after the procedure.

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