Welcome to The Vein Treatment Center

Established in 1982, The Vein Treatment Center © is the leading New York City medical facility specializing exclusively in the treatment of varicose veins, spider veins, and related venous disorders.

The methods developed at the facility, including Endonvenous Laser Ablation (EVLT) and now Painless Sclerotherapy, have revolutionized the specialty and are used by physicians worldwide.



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Meet Dr. Navarro

Dr. Luis Navarro, a Board Certified Phlebologist and vascular specialist, has devoted his professional life to the development of treatments for venous disorders. He has pioneered numerous non-invasive procedures, including EVLT, Combined Therapies, and now PAINLESS SCLEROTHERAPY.

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Painless Sclerotherapy

Advancements in technology have revolutionized Sclerotherapy and the treatment of veins on legs, hands and other areas of the body. The Vein Treatment Center has been treating veins for over 30 years with safe, fast, and long lasting cosmetic results.

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View our before and after photo galleries that show the results of vein treatments on the legs, hands, face & more.

See for yourself why The Vein Treatment Center is the NYC leader in treating and removing unwanted varicose veins, spider veins, and all venous conditions.

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Monthly Archives: November 2019

Sclerotherapy For Vein Treatment

spider-varicose-veins-problem-on-legs-04Sclerotherapy is one of the most popular treatments for varicose veins and spider veins. The doctor injects a salt solution to irritate and diminish the veins for the treatments. Let’s have a look at the conditions, procedure, recovery, and cost of sclerotherapy.

When Do you Need Sclerotherapy

example-spider-vein-legs-pic-05Varicose veins are those that become enlarged and twisted beneath the skin. Varicose veins swell and become weak, which causes problems like shrinkage of veins, skin irritation, rashes, and pain. Whereas, spider veins occur due to bursting or damage of small blood vessels beneath the skin. The veins become more apparent and form red blue or purplish color on the skin.

Sclerotherapy and is an effective and minimal non- surgical procedure to treat both the conditions.

How to Prepare for Sclerotherapy

example-varicose-veins-legs-pic-06Before the procedure, your doctor will give you a physical exam and review your medical history to know whether you qualify for Sclerotherapy or not. They will tell you about the potential risks, expectations, and outcomes of the treatment. You will probably not qualify for Sclerotherapy if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Have blood clotting risk or disorder
  • Suffer from a serious medical condition like heart disease
  • Have pre-existing conditions
  • Are a chain smoker
  • Take contraceptives like birth control pills
  • Have severe allergies


If you do not have any of these conditions and sclerotherapy is the best treatment option suitable for you, your doctor will set the time and date for your appointment. They will take an ultrasound to view the veins which are to be treated.

When your sclerotherapy is two or three days away, make sure that you do not shave, wax, or get some any kind of cosmetic treatment like airbrush or spray tanning. Avoid sun exposure or swimming, especially if your skin is sensitive. Avoid using soaps, lotions or creams with harsh chemicals on your skin. You may use a mild lotion for moisturizing your skin. On the day of appointment wear loose and comfortable clothing.

Procedure for Sclerotherapy

sclerotherapy-procedure-vein-removal-treatment-nyc-02The procedure for Sclerotherapy usually takes place in the doctor’s office. There is no requirement of anesthesia, and the process is done within 15-20 minutes. The doctor will ask the patient to lie down. If the treatment is for the varicose veins or spider veins for legs, then the patient has to elevate their leg slightly.

The doctor will inject a salt solution directly into the vein or veins  that need to be treated. The sclerotherapy solution will irritate the inner linings of the veins. The veins will swell, and the blood flow will be ceased. As a result, blood is forced to flow through normal and healthy veins. The veins scar and collapse, then are reabsorbed into the blood and local tissue, gradually fading away.

The complete removal of the damaged vein can take a few weeks or can take a month or more in some cases. Some patients may require to have several Sclerotherapy procedures for complete removal of varicose veins.

When the doctor inserts the needle, they will apply the pressure and massage the area so that the blood does not enter the injected vessel and disperse the Sclerotherapy solution. If the veins are large, the doctor will probably apply a compression pad on the area to keep the veins compressed while they move on the next vein. The patient would feel minor stinging or cramps during this whole procedure.

Risks of Sclerotherapy

As with any treatments, there are few risks associated with sclerotherapy. Although these risks are minimized when you have a qualified dermatologist perform it but following conditions that can occur with a few patients:

  • Raised red areas
  • Slight bruising
  • Small skin sores
  • Darkened skin on the area of treatment
  • Multiple tiny red vessels may appear for some time after the procedure


In case of a faulty procedure or severe complications, some serious side effects can occur. These include blood clots, allergies, inflammation, and visual disturbances. The procedure has to be done very carefully as tiny air bubbles, if left in the blood vessels, can cause other side effects. This is why it is necessary to get Sclerotherapy from an experienced and highly skilled doctor or dermatologist. Also it is important to tell your doctor about any medical condition, history, or medication you have.


Since the procedure is simple and minimally invasive, you will be able to walk around. Movement is necessary to avoid any chances of blood clotting in the veins. You may have to wear stockings or compression bandages for two weeks until complete recovery. You must avoid strenuous activities and exercise at least for two weeks.

The Vein Treatment Center

At the Vein Treatment Center, our highly experienced & skilled doctors regularly perform Sclerotherapy to remove unwanted veins. Founder and main vascular surgeon Dr. Luis Navarro has pioneered numerous non-invasive vein treatment procedures, including EVLT, Combined Therapies, and now PAINLESS SCLEROTHERAPY.

Most treatments are painless, permanent and have a quick recovery period. For the past 30 years we have been providing our patients with safe, fast, and long-lasting cosmetic results.

If you think you require Sclerotherapy, call us today and book a no-cost consultation and treat your unwanted veins.

327 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Toll-free: 800-300-VEIN

Varicose Veins: All You Need to Know

What are Varicose Veins?

varicose-vein-leg-photo-01Have you noticed large bulging veins on your legs? If so, it’s likely that these bluish-purple bulges are varicosities or varicose veins. More than 23% of US adults suffer from varicose veins. The data translates into the fact that 1 in 4 adults have or will develop varicose veins.

Varicose veins are the twisted, misshaped veins that become enlarged and dilated. Usually, your leg veins get affected the most because of the increased pressure in the lower body veins. The veins, over-filled with blood, appear swollen and have a bluish-purple color. Varicose veins can be painful in some cases.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

While this venous disorder has many symptoms, the most visible is the twisted veins in your legs. Also, you may experience pain or swelling around the dilated veins. Here are signs that you should not ignore.

  • Veins appearing blue, dark purple, or red
  • Bulging and twisted veins (mostly on the legs) which can look like cords

In case of severe varicose veins, you may develop these symptoms:

  • Aching in the legs
  • Heaviness in the legs; especially after some exercise
  • Discoloration of the skin (turning brown or blue)around the varicose vein
  • Swollen legs and ankles
  • Muscle cramps while standing up suddenly
  • Heaviness after standing or sitting for a long period
  • Varicose veins may lead to spider veins
  • Lipodermatosclerosis –Skin fat above your ankle may become hard causing the skin to become thin
  • Significant bleeding in the veins
  • Ulcers around the ankles

How do Varicose Veins Occur?

There is a complex network of veins running through the human body — the arteries transport blood from the heart to the tissues. The veins then return blood to your heart for blood recirculation. The veins in your legs act against gravity to return the blood to the heart.

However, when veins don’t function properly, symptoms of varicose veins occur. Weak or damaged valves in the veins affect healthy blood flow. Rather than flowing towards your heart, blood begins to accumulate in the veins. As a result, the veins enlarge.

The circulation network in your legs is more likely to experience varicose veins as they are the farthest from the heart. Because of gravity, it becomes harder for the blood to flow in an upward direction.

  • There is a genetic predisposition to develop veins. 60-70% of patients with varicose veins have a family history of veins more frequent on the mother’s side.
  • Varicose veins are more common in women than men; pregnancy and menopause can cause varicose veins
  • Overweight or obsess people have a higher risk of varicose veins
  • With aging your vein valves become weak due to wear and tear, thereby making you prone to varicose veins
  • Standing for too long also dilates the veins.



For diagnosis, the doctor physically examines your legs as you stand. Your doctor may inquire about the symptoms, such as aching or heavy feeling in the legs.

Also, your doctor may conduct an ultrasound to identify any abnormality in the functioning of the vein valves. He may find some evidence of obstruction, such as a blood clot in the vein.

For further examination, the radiologist may perform a venogram on your legs. During the procedure, a special type of dye is injected in the affected leg and X-rays are taken. A more modern and effective test is called a MRV (Magnetic Resonance of the Veins) usually reserve for deep venous systems or complicated cases.

Treatments for Varicose Veins

best-treatment-varicose-veins-nyc-03Adopting a healthy lifestyle and tweaking some habits can help you prevent varicose veins. For instance, daily exercise can improve blood circulation. A healthy diet helps to maintain a healthy weight, thereby reducing your chances of forming varicose veins.

If your job requires you to stand for long periods, consider taking breaks. You may walk around or sit for some time. More important the doctor may also advise you to wear compression socks or stockings. However, if the varicose veins become worse and cause pain, you may have to undergo treatment.


painless-sclerotherapy-vein-treatment-04During the sclerotherapy procedure, the doctor injects a solution or foam in small or medium sized varicose veins. The foam scars the varicose veins and closes them. The doctor may repeat the procedure on the same or other veins.

The treated area will bruise and the veins will fade away within a few weeks. Sclerotherapy is a painless procedure and does not require anesthesia. Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment for small and medium size varicose veins if properly performed.

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)

This procedure was developed and patented at The Vein Treatment Center © by vein treatment pioneer Dr. Luis Navarro.

In the office under local anesthesia a small laser fiber is introduced into the vein and with laser energy, the vein is closed. The procedure takes around 25 minutes, bandages applied, and patient can resume their normal activities within the same or next day.

This procedure is often combined with a Mini-Phlebectomy of the small branches. Afterwards, Sclerotherapy is used to remove the remaining spider veins.


mini-phlebectomy-vein-treatment-nyc-05This is procedure to removed small or medium sized veins, or so called perforators.

Under local anesthesia, through tiny incisions, and with small hooks, the veins are removed. The procedure takes around 20 minutes, dressings are applied, and the patient may resume normal activities the same day.

Vein Ligation and Stripping

Almost abandoned since the development of Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT) by Dr. Luis Navarro, chief vascular doctor at The Vein Treatment Center ©.

In the hospital, under general anesthesia, an incision is made at the groin, and the main vein is disconnected in the deep system. Through another incision at the ankle or knee, a wire is passed through the vein and up to the groin, and the vein is stripped.

The patient is given anesthesia before the treatment. The surgeon marks incisions in the skin, cuts the enlarged vein, and then removes it. The procedure may causes bleeding, bruising, and pain. However, a patient will recover in 3-4 weeks post-surgery.

Varicose Veins: Contact The Vein Treatment Center ©

Even if you don’t feel pain, but enlarged veins are visible, you should see a vein doctor. In severe cases such as swollen and bulging leg veins, you might need to undergo a minimally invasive procedure. For painless sclerotherapy, EVLA, mini-plebectomy, or laser therapy for veins, contact the Vein Treatment Center © and schedule an appointment with the best vascular specialists in NYC.

The Vein Treatment Center ©
327 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

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