Sclerotherapy Specialist

Continental Medical

Philip LoPresti, MD

Vascular Surgeon located in Forest Hills, NY

Do you have spider or varicose veins that affect the appearance of your skin? Sclerotherapy is a safe and effective treatment offered by Dr. Philip LoPresti at Continental Medical. Using both injection and laser methods of sclerotherapy, Dr. LoPresti helps patients minimize the appearance of spider and varicose veins and helps prevent them from returning. To see how sclerotherapy can help you, call the Forest Hills, New York, office or book an appointment online today.

Sclerotherapy Q & A

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment widely used for the treatment of varicose and spider veins. During a sclerotherapy procedure, Dr. LoPresti injects an FDA approved solution called Sotradechol directly into the affected vein, which destroys its lining, eventually destroying the vein itself. The body then reabsorbs the damaged veins.   

Sclerotherapy for larger, varicose veins is also available.  This is the newest procedure being offered at Continental Medical using poiklodechol (Varithena).  Dr. LoPresti uses sonography to identify the vein. Poiklodechol is then injected into the vein causing the destruction of the vein.  The leg is then wrapped for 48 hours.

While traditional sclerotherapy uses injections, Dr. LoPresti also offers laser sclerotherapy using Cutera Excel V state of the art laser.  This targets the veins with a technique using laser heat light destroys that the lining of a vein, allowing the body to reabsorb it. Laser is very effective at lightening the veins and many patients will see up to 60% reduction after the first treatment.  

Am I a good candidate for sclerotherapy?

Many people with spider veins or varicose veins are good candidates for sclerotherapy, but the treatment is not suitable for everyone. To determine whether sclerotherapy is the best treatment for you, Dr. LoPresti conducts a thorough consultation where he reviews your symptoms and medical history.

  • Pain, soreness, or heaviness in your legs
  • Patchy or dry skin
  • A rash near the affected veins

What can I expect after a sclerotherapy procedure?

Following your sclerotherapy treatment, you may need to wear compression stockings for a few weeks. Most patients come in for a follow-up procedure with Dr. LoPresti, which may involve removing clotted blood that remains after the procedure. After this, Dr. LoPresti can recommend next steps.

What are the benefits of sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is widely used and considered safe and effective for treating varicose and spider veins. If you have a blood pooling condition, sclerotherapy can help to improve blood flow and limit any associated swelling.

For people who have cosmetic concerns about bulging veins, sclerotherapy is the go-to treatment for reducing their appearance and boosting your self-confidence.

To learn more about sclerotherapy at Continental Medical, call today or book an appointment online.