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Varicose Veins


Varicose veins affect one in five adults and about 16 percent of folks age 60 or older, adding up to 40 million people in the US alone.

Varicose veins have a thick, rope-like appearance and typically appear on the legs. Women are twice as likely as men to develop them. Patients fine the veins unsightly which can lower their self-esteem.

At Silhouette MD vein center in Upper East Side Manhattan, our team of doctors is highly experienced in minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins. In addition, varicose vein treatment is usually covered by insurance.

Varicose veins can be tied to:

  • Family History
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Standing for prolonged periods

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Varicose Vein Treatments

In a private, complimentary consultation Dr. Ferdouse Sartawi will carefully evaluate your varicose veins and customize a treatment for an optimal outcome. Most frequently, sclerotherapy — or in some cases RFA (radio frequency ablation) — are chosen to reduce the appearance or remove varicose veins.


Relies on a highly concentrated saline solution that is injected straight into the vein. This causes the vein to disappear gradually over three to six weeks. The procedure is minimally invasive with minimal downtime. Go here to read more about sclerotherapy.
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Radiofrequency Ablation

Uses a small catheter inserted into the vein. The catheter delivers radiofrequency to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse, and seal shut. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Go here to read more about RFA.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are unhealthy veins that usually are swollen and twisted, appearing just below the skin. Varicose veins are most common on the thighs, calves, and feet.

Are varicose veins dangerous?

Frequently varicose veins are simply a cosmetic concern. However, they can also cause pain, swelling, restless leg syndrome and tired, aching legs – symptoms that can impact your quality of life.

Can I do anything to prevent varicose veins?

Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent varicose veins. However, you can prevent them from getting worse by doing things such as avoiding standing too long and quitting smoking.

What causes varicose veins?

Age, heredity, pregnancy, and/or obesity are some causes of varicose veins.

How are varicose veins diagnosed?

A vascular doctor performs a physical exam. This will be followed by an ultrasound test to check if the valves in your veins are functioning normally and/or if there are any blood clots present.

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