Varicose Vein Treatment

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What is Varicose Vein Treatment?

Ever notice swollen, bulging, dark purple or blue veins on your legs? They’re called varicose veins or spider veins. They develop when the tiny valves inside your vein stop working and the flow of blood stops, pooling in the vein and causing the dark blue color. If you’re experiencing varicose veins, you may develop other symptoms like painful, heavy cramping or itching. It may worsen when you stand for a long time. In addition, you may develop ulcers or swelling. Vein problems can be much more than simply a cosmetic issue.

At Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, we offer two ways to treat your varicose veins. If you have medical conditions and more serious circulation issues, we can refer you to the best vein doctors in Washington, D.C.

Why Sanctuary Cosmetic Center?

When you have blue veins on your legs, you may think the issue is cosmetic. However, simple vein issues can escalate to become more serious. That’s why seeing an expert for vein treatment in Virginia is important. We will give you a realistic assessment of whether your issues are cosmetic or more serious in nature.

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Am I A Good Candidate for Varicose Vein Treatment?

When you consult with a varicose vein specialist at Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, you’ll discuss the various risk factors for developing spider veins. These include age, family history, sex, prolonged standing or sitting, and obesity. Once treated, varicose veins are cured, but you may still develop more if you don’t change certain aspects of your lifestyle. Our team will ensure you’re a good candidate for varicose vein treatment during a consultation.

Benefits of Varicose Vein Treatment

The biggest benefit of varicose vein treatment is a reduction in symptoms like itching, aching, and swelling. However, many patients enjoy the cosmetic benefits, too, once they’re rid of unsightly blue veins.

The Varicose Vein Procedure

First, we examine your veins to determine whether your concerns are medical, cosmetic, or both. If you have deeper circulation issues, we will refer you to a trusted medical specialist. However, if your issues are cosmetic, you have a couple of vein treatment options available.


Sclerotherapy is the gold-standard treatment for varicose veins. It involves injecting a sclerosing agent into the veins, which causes them to close. Approximately one injection for every inch of spider vein is needed. The amount we administer per treatment session depends on your treatment goals and desired outcome. As each area is finished, we will apply pressure to the injection site.

The procedure takes 15-45 minutes, depending on the area treated. During the procedure, you will feel small needle pricks and possibly a mild burning sensation. However, for most people, the pain is minimal.

Laser Vein Treatment

If your veins are red (rather than blue) in color, you may be a good candidate for laser treatment. Typically, red veins appear on the face rather than the legs. The red color is usually more superficial and can be picked up by a laser. Laser vein treatment is nearly painless, requires no downtime, and is quick. Book your appointment today to determine whether you are a good candidate for vein treatment.

Soheila Rostami, MD, FAAO, FAACS

Soheila Rostami, MD, FAAO, FAACS

Medical Director and CEO


Soheila Rostami, MD, FAAO, FAACS, is the Medical Director and CEO of Sanctuary Cosmetic Center in McLean, Virginia. She is passionate about creating individualized…

Varicose Vein Treatment Results

Over time, the treated veins will fade from the surface of the skin. After treatment, it’s important to avoid extensive activity and wear compression socks regularly. Preventing the reemergence of varicose veins is also important.

Typically, if you’re in a profession where you stand for long periods, you’re more likely to experience varicose veins. This is because it reduces blood flow and can cause circulation issues like varicose veins. Make sure that you’re changing the position of your legs to maintain good flow – or sitting down regularly. Also, avoid wearing high-heeled shoes and tight clothes. These types of clothes can restrict your proper circulation and cause varicose veins.

To prevent varicose veins, wear comfortable shoes and loose clothing and exercise regularly. These tips can improve muscle tone and leg circulation to reduce and prevent unsightly veins. However, if varicose veins form, it’s time to consult a vein doctor.

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Our private, accredited surgical facility offers you the opportunity for a comfortable, private experience with your procedure. You don’t need to worry about going to the hospital – instead, you can enjoy the amenities of our spa-like environment while you focus on yourself.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about vein treatment at Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, contact us today by calling or filling out our online form. We conveniently serve the greater Washington, D.C. areas of Arlington, McLean, Falls Church, and Odrick’s Corner.


We look forward to seeing how we can help you achieve a new level of confidence. Contact our team to set up a private consultation and explore everything we have to offer at Washington, D.C.’s premier cosmetic provider.

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