Sclerotherapy Specialist

Michael Kassouf, MD -  - Vascular Surgeon


Michael Kassouf, MD

Vascular Surgeon located in Queens, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Bronx, NY & Washington Heights, NY

Varicose veins and spider veins are common aesthetic problems that cause unsightly, discolored skin and prominent, lumpy veins. If you’re affected by problem veins, board-certified vascular surgeon Michael Kassouf, MD, and his team at VeinMedic can help using advanced sclerotherapy techniques. At their convenient locations in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge, Manhattan's Washington Heights, Elmhurst in Queens, and Mount Hope in the Bronx, VeinMedic offers specialist services that provide outstanding results. Call your nearest New York City office today or book your appointment online.

Sclerotherapy Q & A

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment for spider and varicose veins. It’s the leading therapy for eliminating spider veins, and your provider at VeinMedic can carry out the procedure in the office in under 30 minutes.

Sclerotherapy involves a series of small injections into the affected veins. These injections contain a substance called a sclerosant that causes your veins to collapse, which means blood can’t flow through them anymore. As a result, the spider or varicose veins shrivel and die. Your body then absorbs the dead tissue, and the veins disappear.

What are the benefits of sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is effective in getting rid of varicose and spider veins, giving you healthier, younger-looking skin. It also has additional benefits, such as:

  • Fast results
  • Simple procedure
  • No need for anesthesia
  • No downtime
  • Little to no discomfort
  • Predictable results
  • Safe, time-proven procedure
  • Can improve mild pain and itchiness

Results from sclerotherapy are impressive and permanent — once the unsightly vein is gone, it can’t grow back. However, you should remember that sclerotherapy can’t prevent new spider or varicose veins developing.

How many sclerotherapy sessions do I need?

The number of sessions you need depends on the size of the treatment area and the types of veins involved. Most patients see an improvement after their first treatment session, with visible lightening of the veins. Two or more sessions typically provide optimal results.

Sclerotherapy sessions are easy to fit into a busy schedule because you don’t need to make any special preparations, and you can carry on with your day as normal afterward. 

It’s best to take it a little easier for the first few days and avoid standing or sitting for extended periods or any exercises that are overly strenuous for your legs.

What is foam sclerotherapy?

Foam sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment that achieves similar results as standard sclerotherapy. The team at VeinMedic uses Varithena® sclerotherapy foam, which is suitable for use on: 

  • Tortuous (twisted) veins
  • Veins above and below the knee
  • Veins with small, medium, and large diameters
  • Veins previously treated with other methods

Your provider delivers the Varithena via a catheter or by injecting it directly into the varicose vein.

If you have troublesome veins that are unsightly or uncomfortable, call VeinMedic today and schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.