Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DOES SCLEROTHERAPY VEIN TREATMENT WORK?
Dr. Vafa successfully removes a wide range of unsightly vascular lesions, from fine facial veins, spider veins and vascular birth marks to larger leg veins. Our treatments are non-invasive, fast, safe and effective. Patients can resume normal activities within minutes of treatment. Each treatment session lasts 20-30 minutes. The needles used are very fine so discomfort is minimal and the treatment is generally painless. Once treated it can take between 2 weeks and 3 months for the veins to completely disappear. Typically 3 - 5 treatments are required to achieve optimal results. StudioMD offers one of the most effective laser vein removal options in NYC.*
A sclerosing agent is injected into the vein using a very fine needle. This damages the vessel lining causing causing the wall of the vessel to stick together. Blood stops flowing through the veins and the body treats them as damaged tissue which is slowly absorbed over a period of time.
HOW SUCCESSFUL IS SCLEROTHERAPHY & WILL TREATED VESSELS RECUR?
After treatment most patients can expect a 80-90% improvement in the treated vessel. The fading process is gradual with treated veins fading up to three months after the last treatment.
Veins treated adequately by Sclerotherapy should not recur. However, the underlying problem is not corrected and therefore new vessels may appear with time. An annual review is recommended to detect development of new vessels, which can then be treated.*
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE TREATMENT?
Please avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E and Aloe Vera preparations for at least 10 days.
POST TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS?
Normal activities can be resumed immediately.
Some patients with substantial reticular veins may be advised to wear support stockings for
period of time after the treatment.
You are recommended to walk as much as possible. Walking works the calf muscles and
pumps blood through other vessels back to the heart. This reduces the pressure in the
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Several sessions may be required depending on the extent and size of the veins. On average veins on the legs require between 2-4 treatment sessions. This will be discussed during your consultation.*
WHO PERFORMS THE PROCEDURES?
Dr. Vafa is a board certified physician specializing in the use of Botox Cosmetics, Dysport, Xeomin, Sculptra, Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, Perlane, Boletero, Radiesse, Kybella, Cosmetic Laser Procedures, Radio-Wave Surgery, Smartlipo and the treatment of acne and facial aesthetics. Dr. Vafa performs thousands of aesthetics procedures yearly, making him one of a handful of physicians in New York who has been awarded a Diamond Level Provider designation from Allergan - a level designated to a select number of physicians providing over 100,000 units of Botox Cosmetic treatments and/or over 2000 filler procedures per year. He was awarded the Chairman Level Provider designation which is the highest level provider for Galderma, the makers of Sculptra, Dysport and Restylane and also a Black Level Premier Injector designation by Merz Aesthetics. His work is often referred to as “the downtown look” by his patients- referring to a natural look that does not appear overdone yet yields amazing results*. Dr. Vafa is also an accomplished painter and sculptor whose work was exhibited in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Vancouver, among other cities. Click here for a complete bio of Dr. Vafa.
*results can vary based on individual conditions