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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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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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Monthly Archives: June 2020

Top Causes of Varicose Veins

What are varicose veins and what causes them? Varicose veins are swollen and large veins that often become visible on the feet and legs. Varicose veins occur when the valves in the veins stop working properly. Due to which, the blood does not flow efficiently. Veins rarely require treatment for health concerns, but if you are experiencing aching, swelling, and pain in your legs, there are considerable treatments available for you.

Usually, varicose veins are known as bluish and bulging cords beneath the surface of your skin. They nearly affect legs and feet all the time. You may find visible twisted and swollen veins with some patches of flooded capillaries. These types of veins are known as spider veins and consider as external varicose veins. Although they can be painful and leave scars, they are typically harmless.

Other than a surface network of veins, your legs contain deep and venous network. On unusual occasions, inner leg veins become varicose. Such deep varicose veins are generally invisible, but they can cause aching or swelling all over the leg and might be in places where the blood clot is formed.

However, varicose veins are quite a common condition among people, and for several people, they are a family attribute. Women are approximately twice as likely as men to develop varicose veins.

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Causes Of Varicose Veins

The circulation of oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to every part of the body might face difficulty due to wide layers of elastic tissue or muscle in your arteries. Your veins mostly depend on their surrounding muscles and one-way valves to bring blood back to your heart.

A cup-like valve alternately opens and allows blood to flow through. After the flowing of blood is complete, the valve closes itself to prevent backflow. Any sort of condition that lay excessive pressure on your abdomen or legs can cause varicose veins.

People with obesity, pregnant, and follows a routine where they work while standing for a long time are more at risk. Varicose veins are also common in tumor patients and people suffering from chronic constipation. Being inactive also leads towards varicosity because your muscles that are steady in a single position for a long time can cause poor blood-pumping action.

As your veins weaken with age, the possibility of varicosity also increases. A previous leg injury possibly will damage the valves in a vein and cause you varicosity. Your family history also plays a vital role, so if any family member of yours has  or had varicose veins at any stage of their life, there is a large possibility that you might, too.

Some people believe that if you sit with your legs crossed you may not get varicose veins, although it can make worse your existing condition. The blood in your body flows in only one direction because the veins have one-way valves. The valves might get weaker due to less elasticity and flexibility around the walls of the vein. Eventually, the blood flows in the opposite direction due to the damaged valve. These damaged valves can allow blood to leak backward.

When this happens, blood can gather in the vein/s. As a result, the veins become enlarged and swollen. However, the veins in your legs are quite far from your heart because these veins are often affected.

According to experts, gravity makes it a bit difficult for blood to flow back to the heart from the lower area of your body, such as legs. Any situation that puts pressure on your stomach can cause varicose veins, for example, constipation, pregnancy, and tumors.

Symptoms Of Varicose Veins

In the majority of varicose veins cases, you might not feel any pain, but symptoms and signs of varicose veins may occur. However, the following are the symptoms/signs of varicose veins:

  • Veins look swollen, twisted, and bulging.
  • Your veins will turn into a blue or dark purple.

Some patients might also experience:

  • Aching in legs
  • Legs suffer from a heavy feeling, especially right after exercise.
  • Slight damage to the affected area might result in abnormal bleeding.
  • Lipodermatosclerosis – The fat below your skin and just above the ankle can become hard. Due to which your skin will start shrinking.
  • Your ankles will become swollen.
  • The affected area of your skin will suffer from itchiness, dryness, and become reddish.
  • Some of you will experience cramps on your affected leg.


Fortunately, treatment for your varicose veins will not restrict you to stay in the hospital because admitting in the hospital can result in uncomfortable recovery. Generally, varicose veins are quite easy to treat, especially on an outpatient basis, because of less invasive procedures. However, doctors often recommend self-care and compression stockings as a treatment after operating.

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Self-care includes exercise, losing weight, wear loose clothes, uplifting of your legs, and avoid standing or sitting for long periods. As a result, you will experience and ease in pain and stop varicose veins from getting worse.

Compression stockings

Doctors recommend compression stockings, and wearing them all day is often the primary approach before preferring other treatments. They gradually squeeze your legs; help your leg muscles and veins in circulating blood more efficiently. The compression level varies by type and brand.

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Do You Need Laser Therapy for Vein Treatment?

A laser is an extremely focused ray of light. Some doctors prefer using lasers to treat varicose veins. With the heat of the laser, doctors are able to damage a vein, and due to which, they form scar tissue. Thus, later this scar tissue closes the vein. As a result, that particular vein dies because of the zero flow of blood. The damaged vein completely disappears after almost two years.

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Some veins are not prominent, and it would not be necessary to remove them. However, varicose veins are quite visible; they are like a rope of veins that don’t have the ability to circulate blood. Due to this, these veins start accumulating blood, and there are chances of its color turning blue or red. These veins become prominent at the surface of the skin.

Varicose veins can cause itchiness, swelling, throbbing, and you might also feel heaviness and fatigue in your legs. varicose veins tend to show up in mostly females mostly, pregnant woman, and those suffering with obesity. People with a history of varicose veins in their family are at higher risk than others. The most severe cases can also be related to skin ulcerations. We are in an era where scientist and experts have made their contribution to solving many issues regarding this, due to which, your varicose veins are easy to remove. Below are the laser treatments for veins.

Simple Laser Laser Therapy for Vein Treatment

Doctors perform simple laser vein treatment on the upper surface of your skin. Simple laser treatment can remove spider veins and small varicose veins, which are right under the skin’s surface. In some scenarios, you might need more than one laser treatment session. It would be better if you give it a gap of six to twelve weeks between laser treatments.

Doctors mostly give these time gaps because your skin needs to rest after every laser treatment. There are also severe cases of varicose veins and patients with poor circulation of blood. So, they should look into other treatments like endovenous laser, sclerotherapy, and radiofrequency.

Endovenous Laser Treatment

To treat large and severe varicose veins in the legs, you might prefer endovenous laser treatment. With laser treatment, doctors pass a laser fiber through a catheter (tiny tube) inside the vein. With the help of laser fiber, doctors can monitor damaged veins on a duplex ultrasound screen. However, endovenous laser treatment is less painful than vein stripping. Also, the recovery period of endovenous laser treatment is shorter.

During endovenous laser treatment, all you need is a light sedative and local anesthesia, but for others, doctors put patients on sleep with general anesthesia.


What to Expect After Laser Therapy for Vein Treatment

There are treatments with typical short methods by others that require complete bed rest for some weeks. But after simple laser treatment for your veins, you will be able to walk normally and continue with your routine. As it is mentioned above, doctors will insert a small thin tube inside your vein to clear the path and monitor the whole procedure.

They apply the laser inside the damaged or weak vein to seal and close them. After closing those veins, other healthy veins take over to ensure normal flow blood in your leg.

Laser Therapy for Vein Treatment: Vein Center NYCA laser is also used in less-invasive techniques to close uncomfortable and bulging varicose veins. Such techniques work as a standard surgery to eliminate the damage and unhealthy vessel. However, according to experts, none of these surgeries are a permanent solution for varicose veins; we still need advanced study and technology for a permanent cure.

There is still a chance that varicose veins may grow back even after laser treatments. Sometimes, laser treatments also fail to close the vein completely due to which accumulation of blood returns gradually. As a patient, you should carefully consider all the risks and benefits. Also, discuss them with your consultant or doctor before concluding anything regarding your treatment and its strategy.

Simple  endovenous laser treatment is quite patient-friendly because doctors prepare it on an outpatient basis. They cover the incision with a Band-Aid, and the pain during the procedure is so mild that you can handle it with over-the-counter pain relievers.

How Well Does Laser Therapy Works

Scientists and doctors have made a huge contribution in the past 20 years to make  endovenous laser treatments effective and safe. Due to their efforts, endovenous laser treatment can close damage veins about 94 out of 100 times.

If endovenous laser treatment fails to close your damaged vein, you can have a second treatment because it would not require much of your time. You can choose other laser treatments like sclerotherapy, or radiofrequency treatment.

In some cases, doctors recommend vein surgery. For the best possibility of success, make sure your doctor has an endovenous laser treatment experience.

Potential Side Effects of Laser Therapy

Following are a few potential side effects of laser therapy for vein treatments:

  • A high amount of heat in the laser can burn your skin.
  • A possibility your skin may change its color.
  • You might feel pain, burn, or prickling after recovery because of nerve damage.
  • A small or large clot of blood might form in the vein or a deep vein.

If you face any of the above signs after surgery, we advise you to consult your doctor as soon as possible.

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Luis Navarro MD FACS

327 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065