Why Are Women More Prone to Varicose Veins?

Posted on February 5, 2021 by Ella Fedonenko

Although varicose veins can affect both men and women, women are between two and four times more likely to develop them – with up to half of the women eventually suffering from varicose and/or spider veins.

Hormone Levels and Varicose Veins

The circulation problems that lead to varicose veins affect both men and women, so why are women disproportionately more likely to develop them? It appears that changes in hormone levels can affect how well the one-way valves in our blood vessels work. These valves normally prevent blood from flowing “backward” inside our veins and also help blood flow against the force of gravity. They’re mainly located in our arms and legs. Our arteries, in contrast, do not contain one-way valves. 

The female hormone that has the main effect on one-way valves is progesterone. Aside from its main purpose of helping to regulate the menstrual cycle and the health of the uterus, it can also result in the blood vessel walls relaxing. This can have the unfortunate side-effect of disrupting normal blood flow and causing long-term damage to the blood vessel valves. Estrogen can also affect blood circulation, and hence women taking hormonal-based contraceptives can also see their chance of developing varicose veins increase. 

And as if this weren’t enough, normal pregnancies and ultimately menopause also disrupt hormone levels, with associated negative effects on blood vessel health.


The temporary changes to a woman’s body during pregnancy will often result in varicose veins starting to develop – this can be due to the extra demands placed on the blood circulation system by the need to support a growing baby, but also by purely physical pressure that the baby places on interior veins. In most cases, pregnancy-induced varicose veins will go away following delivery.

Hereditary Causes

Whether due to hormonal problems or not, your chances of developing varicose veins are mainly determined by genetic (hereditary) factors. Over 75% of patients with varicose veins also have close relatives with similar problems. 

Reducing Your Chance of Developing Varicose Veins

Keeping active, eating a balanced diet, and avoiding smoking and excessive eating and alcohol consumption will increase your overall health and reduce your chances of developing varicose or spider veins. Unfortunately, they may not be enough to eliminate your chance of developing the problem, especially if you’re a woman.

Wearing tight clothes or high heels and/or spending extended periods standing or sitting can also impact your blood circulation, which (over extended periods) may result in blood vessel and valve damage. So try to wear comfortable loose clothing, and try to vary your body position, and generally keep active. Note that special support hose can help improve blood circulation – they’re not built the same as regular pantyhose and apply most pressure at the ankle.


Non-invasive laser vein therapy and Sclerotherapy procedures are available. They can help to reduce the appearance of varicose or spider veins. Still, it’s also strongly recommended to seek qualified medical advice in case your varicose veins could be caused by other more significant health problems. Untreated varicose veins can lead to serious health risks, another reason to seek the opinion of an experienced doctor before deciding on any treatment. 

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care professionals are medically qualified and highly experienced – we offer a full range of services, including a full diagnosis of the cause of your varicose veins and advice on the best ways to treat the condition. We have extensive experience providing both laser vein therapy and Sclerotherapy treatments, as well as a host of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have on the most effective way to address whatever cosmetic problems trouble you.


Why Does Skin Stretch Over Time?

Posted on January 22, 2021 by Ella Fedonenko

Our skin, aside from forming the largest organ in the body, is responsible for providing us with a myriad of vital functions, ranging from shielding us from physical, thermal, solar, and viral threats to helping to regulate temperature and moisture levels, providing us with the ability to sense our physical environment, and helping to produce Vitamin D. 

Given all these functions, it may seem strange that we typically focus on how our skin projects our physical vitality to others, and more specifically, with how resilient our skin’s surface is and how it maintains a healthy and youthful appearance. Even more particularly, we seek to minimize the lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks that develop naturally as we age.

The main components of the skin that are primarily responsible for a youthful appearance and help the skin resist the stretching that results in sagging, lines, and wrinkles are collagen and elastin.

Collagen and elastin are absolutely fundamental to the skin’s ability to remain resilient; they’re produced in the body. However, the body naturally reduces its production of both substances as we age, and this is the primary cause of loss of skin tone (which includes increasing looseness) as we age. 

Skin will also stretch when the body gains excess weight – either through pregnancy or when gaining weight, either through a bad diet or as a natural part of aging. Healthy levels of collagen and elastin normally allow the skin to recover after giving birth or after losing weight, but this is not necessarily the case for those who become morbidly obese or maintain significant excess weight over many years.

Causes of Stretching

As we grow through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, our skin obviously goes through a huge expansion. However, this occurs over an extended period, and our bodies are normally quite capable of managing this kind of change – our skin has the ability to grow with us. So, under normal circumstances, we all manage this kind of transformation without developing stretch marks.

Some people experience rapid growth spurts during puberty, gaining significantly in stature or weight, and this can also result in the development of stretch marks, even without being overweight. It’s also quite possible to develop stretch marks while being under-weight.

Stretch marks are a sign that skin has been over-stretched, either by rapid weight gain or by actual pulling of the skin. When skin is stretched beyond its normal range, the skin’s collagen reserves may be insufficient to allow the skin the recover, leading to the permanent scars we know as stretch marks.

Pregnant women are advised to apply specialized moisturizing products from early in their pregnancy – these can significantly reduce the chances of developing stretch marks.

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are actually scarring caused by the over-extension or tearing of connective tissue in the middle layer of the skin. Stretch marks are often permanent, but they may lessen in appearance once the cause of the skin’s stretching has been eliminated. Even in cases when the skin remains stretched, stretch marks often lessen in appearance over time. 

Hyperelastic Skin

Some people have skin that is able to stretch well beyond normal limits, typically due to the over-production of collagen by the body. While they may be somewhat less prone to developing stretch marks, Hyperelastic skin can be caused by a number of different conditions and is often accompanied by joint problems. This condition can’t be directly treated; however, depending on the cause, it may be possible to manage it via medication and physical therapy.

Minimizing the Appearance of Stretch Marks

There are some indications that topical creams and ointments can help to minimize the appearance of stretch marks – especially those containing Vitamin A. Some believe that aloe vera offers a way to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, but we’d suggest using products that contain hyaluronic acid, which stimulates the body’s production of collagen.

Tightening Loose Skin

Laser therapy can be used as a safe and non-invasive way to tighten loose skin – it can rearrange and shrink the skin’s collagen fibers, but it also stimulates the body to create extra collagen, which is essential to maintaining healthy skin.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care is highly experienced in the application of multiple non-invasive cosmetic procedures, including laser skin tightening. We specialize in combining various products to achieve the best results – not only to find the most effective but also the most cost-effective solution. We can advise you on the most appropriate non-invasive procedures to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. We’re also happy to answer any questions you may have on the most effective ways to address whatever cosmetic problems trouble you.  Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.


How Dermal Fillers Can be Beneficial for Men

Posted on January 6, 2021 by Ella Fedonenko

Men and women both suffer from the cosmetic effects of aging, as well as from the negative consequences of excess sun exposure, smoking, and poor dietary choices. 

These factors can combine to result in facial wrinkles and lines, loss of facial volume, and particularly for men, loss of a well-defined jawline. A strong jawline is one of the primary masculine characteristics, and changes to this area as the result of the loss of muscle or skin tone can be particularly distressing. 

Dermal fillers offer a quick, safe, and particularly effective way to combat several of these negative cosmetic effects; they offer a non-invasive solution that doesn’t require downtime or a significant recovery period – they are increasingly recognized as a potent way to address the following problems:

Loss of Facial Volume

Loss of volume in the mid and lower face can result in more pronounced wrinkles and can contribute to a prematurely aged appearance. Dermal fillers can be used to fill in lost volume in the cheeks, under the eyes, and around the mouth.

Lines and Wrinkles

Fillers can be used to address lines and wrinkles, including around the mouth as well as helping to reduce any deep lines or furrows on your face. Men are especially prone to developing more significant forehead furrows. Careful application of dermal fillers can significantly reduce these problems, giving a more youthful appearance, while still remaining natural-looking. 

Loss of Jawline Definition

Fillers can be used to enhance the jawline, creating a more defined profile. They can also help to reduce sagging and loose jowls by filling loose skin using specialized fillers with more resistant textures, resulting in a lifting effect. 

Fillers also offer a way to not only remediate the effects of time but can of course also improve your natural jawline, even if it hasn’t degraded.

The Key to Successful Results

The key to achieving a successful result is to use a medically trained and experienced practitioner – there are a great number of different dermal filler products, many of which can be used in combination, when appropriate. It’s not a simple task to address what may be a number of different problems, using a combination of products and techniques, while achieving a natural-looking result. 

It’s not good enough to “fix” your cosmetic problems, it’s vital that the result looks natural. And techniques must often be specially adapted for male patients, to address their requirements.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care doctors are highly experienced in the use of dermal fillers for both male and female patients. We specialize in combining various products to achieve the best results – not only to find the most effective, but also the most cost-effective solution. We can advise you on the most appropriate non-invasive procedures to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. 

We’re also happy to answer any questions you may have on the most effective ways to address whatever cosmetic problems trouble you. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.


Can Certain Foods Improve Your Circulation?

Posted on December 18, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

Poor circulation can be caused by any number of physical or physiological causes, and in turn, can be responsible for a wide variety of minor or major health problems. These range from cold, numb, or tingling feet, swelling in the feet, joint pain, and muscle cramping. It can also result in digestion problems and even premature cognitive impairment. Poor circulation can also be responsible for the accelerated development of visible varicose and spider veins.

Patients often overlook the benefits that a healthy and varied diet can bring to their general health, but many foods and supplements can have noticeable beneficial effects as a direct result of improving one’s general circulation. You can benefit from including the following items in your diet, whether or not you suffer from varicose veins or any of the other possible symptoms of poor circulation.


Ginger is a traditional supplement known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It can help improve blood circulation, as well as reduce blood sugar levels. It’s effective when eaten raw, cooked, or used to infuse teas.


Cinnamon contains several compounds that can help general health, including antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce blood sugar levels. Also known to help relax blood vessels and help to increase blood circulation.


Cayenne pepper, in particular, contains capsaicin, well known as a metabolic stimulant. It can help prevent plaque buildup in blood vessels. It can be used raw or cooked.

Onions and Garlic

Onions are a rich source of flavonoid antioxidants, helping to increase blood flow. Garlic also contains allicin, a blood vessel relaxant, and helps prevent plaque build-up.


Another rich source of antioxidants and nitrates, pomegranates dilate blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure. 


Beets are rich in nitrates, which help the body relax blood vessel walls, stimulate blood circulation, and reduce high blood pressure readings.


The curcumin found in turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties and can also help relax blood vessel walls.

Leafy Green Vegetables

Green vegetables bring several health benefits; spinach, in particular, can help keep blood vessel walls flexible, in turn helping to lower blood pressure. 

Tomatoes and Watermelons

Both contain lycopene, an antioxidant linked to improved blood circulation.

Citrus Fruit

Citrus fruit is high in antioxidants and can help prevent blood clotting as well as improve circulation. Vitamin C also brings many other health benefits.

Berries and Grapes

Grapes and many berries are high in antioxidants, protecting blood vessel walls from damage and helping lower blood pressure.


A rich source of potassium, bananas help to reduce levels of sodium in the body, increasing urine output and relaxing blood vessels, leading to lowered blood pressure. 

Fatty Fish

The omega-3 fatty acids found in many oily fish bring several benefits, including improved heart function and circulation. Fish with high oil concentrations include mackerel, herring, salmon, and trout. 

Dark Chocolate

The high levels of flavonoids found in dark chocolate can help stimulate blood circulation, in addition to other health benefits. In particular, choose chocolate containing at least 70% cocoa.


Many nuts bring health benefits. Walnuts, in particular, are rich in alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 type fatty acid that protects blood vessel elasticity, leading to lowered blood pressure. Almonds are also high in antioxidants, helping to improve blood circulation.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care can help advise you on the most appropriate non-invasive procedure to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. We’re very experienced and medically qualified and can provide you with advice on how best to combine dietary changes with any of the wide range of procedures that we can perform. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have on the most effective ways to address whatever cosmetic problems trouble you, including helping to identify the underlying causes. We pride ourselves on offering the most effective (and cost-effective) ways to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.


Bulging Veins: Can They be Caused by Anxiety?

Posted on December 3, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

Bulging veins are the main characteristic of varicose veins, a condition generally caused by blood circulation problems.

Identifying the cause of these bulging veins is often problematic – although they’re a direct indication that normal blood circulation has been disrupted, it’s not always evident what is causing the problem.

Common causes of varicose veins are excess weight, excessive periods of standing at work, and hormonal imbalances, including the use of some birth control pills. You may also be more prone to developing varicose veins if your family has a history of their occurrence, and your chance of developing varicose veins also increases with each pregnancy. Several less common medical conditions can also result in bulging veins.

In addition to the above causes, smoking, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol also increase your level of risk of developing varicose veins.

Stress and Anxiety

Although not the primary cause of varicose veins, stress, and anxiety can raise your blood pressure, indirectly affecting the health of your circulation. But stress and anxiety can also have far more pervasive effects on your health, leading in turn to unhealthy eating habits, increased consumption of alcohol and tobacco, as well as preventing you from getting sufficient high-quality sleep. All of these results can, in turn, affect your health and adversely affect your blood pressure. Unfortunately, many of these outcomes can further increase your stress levels, leading to a vicious circle.

Treatment Options

Laser vein therapy can be an effective way to treat broken and dilated blood vessels, although less so for full-blown varicose veins. Sclerotherapy, which involves injecting carefully formulated solutions into the veins, is an effective way to reduce or eliminate the visible twisty veins that are associated with some varicose veins. 

Varicose veins can be a purely cosmetic problem, but they can also be linked to potentially much more serious problems, including deep-vein thrombosis. In many cases identifying the ultimate cause of varicose veins is far from straightforward.

For this reason, we recommend consulting with a qualified doctor, preferably one with specialized experience treating this condition. In addition to treating the symptoms of this condition, your doctor will be able to explore your overall health and should be able to provide you with recommendations on how best to reduce your vulnerability to developing more varicose veins. They may also be able to suggest ways to reduce your stress levels or perhaps suggest other practitioners better able to assist in this area.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care is experienced and medically qualified to perform both Laser vein therapy and injectable Sclerotherapy, as well as a wide range of other non-invasive cosmetic techniques. We can help identify the primary causes of your varicose veins and can help answer questions regarding your personal situation. We pride ourselves on offering the most effective (and cost-effective) ways to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.


Can You Get Laser Hair Removal on Your Face?

Posted on November 12, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

It’s unfortunate that the place where most people complain about unwanted hair is also one of the most sensitive parts of the body – our faces. The delicate nature of the skin on the face can easily be the source of redness and irritation after removing hair by shaving or waxing, and it’s also one of the most challenging places to hide inflamed or broken skin.

Fortunately, men and women can use laser hair removal to safely and effectively remove facial hair permanently. 

In common with laser hair removal on other parts of the body, several procedures (appropriately spaced out) will be necessary to target all the hair in a particular area effectively. This is because hair follicles grow hair in phases, and individual follicles grow unsynchronized, meaning that only some follicles are actively growing hair at any given time. The laser can only target follicles when they’re in their growth phase.

Facial Hair Location

Men typically benefit from laser hair removal on the jaw, chin, cheeks, rear of the neck, and around the neckline. Women commonly use laser hair removal on their upper lip, cheeks, and chin, although some women are also prone to hair growth in areas similar to the typical male.

Laser Hair Removal Advantages

In common with laser hair removal in other areas, the procedure provides a very effective way to ensure that hair in selected areas will be removed and prevent hair from re-growing afterward. It does not involve scraping or abrading the skin’s surface and hence does not require any significant recovery time after treatment. 

Laser hair removal allows men with particularly sensitive skin to avoid the continual risk of skin irritation and infection that can accompany regular shaving. It also prevents ingrown hairs following shaving, another significant cause of irritation and eventual infection. Even for men whose skin tolerates traditional shaving, the time and financial savings that result from removing the need to shave on a daily basis can result in considerable benefits.

Under some circumstances (for example, hormonal imbalances), women can grow unusually thick facial hair. Laser hair removal is incredibly useful in this case, as traditional hair removal methods risk not only allowing the hair to regrow but allowing it to become even thicker. Laser hair removal does not suffer from this drawback, as damaged hair strands simply fall out without being replaced by new growth.

Special Precautions

Although laser hair removal is safe and effective on the face, there are still precautions that need to be taken. Most importantly, find an experienced and medically qualified practitioner to perform the procedure. It’s imperative to shield the eyes from any possibility of laser exposure, so the eyes should be covered if a laser is used anywhere close. It’s also vital to use the appropriate level of light pulse energy – too little, and the procedure will not be fully effective, too much, and you risk burning or possibly even scarring.

As our faces usually are very exposed to sunlight, you will be given instructions to avoid direct sunlight exposure for several weeks prior to each laser hair removal procedure and wear sunscreen daily. This prevents skin color changes around your hair follicles, which could adversely affect the laser’s ability to target individual hair follicles effectively.

Given the increased sensitivity of some parts of our face, pain resulting from the laser light pulses could be a factor for some. An experienced practitioner using modern equipment will have several ways to minimize any pain or discomfort caused by the laser light pulses. These include anesthetic sprays and creams and cooling sprays or pads. Your practitioner should be able to manage your exposure to pain during the procedure.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care is experienced and medically qualified to perform laser hair removal, as well as a wide range of other non-invasive cosmetic techniques. We can answer any questions regarding your personal situation and can recommend the most effective (and cost-effective) ways to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.


Do Tattoos Affect Laser Hair Removal?

Posted on October 19, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

The laser hair removal process is based on a laser’s ability to focus destructive light energy onto individual hair follicles while avoiding over-heating surrounding skin cells. This is made possible by using laser light energy tuned to match a patient’s hair color – this works exceptionally well when the patient’s hair color contrasts strongly with their natural skin color. As you might imagine, the presence of tattoos (whether monochrome or colored) in the area that’s being treated presents a serious complication.

Location of Tattoos and Hair Follicles

Permanent tattoos are created by injecting pigment into the skin at a depth of between 1.5 and 2 millimeters. This allows the ink to penetrate beneath the skin’s outer layer and avoid being affected as the outer skin cells die off and are naturally replaced. Hair follicles are also located in the dermis but significantly deeper than where the tattoo ink is deposited. This allows tattoos to be placed in areas containing hair growth, without one affecting the other.

Problems with Use of Hair Removal Laser over Tattoos

Laser hair removal works by heating individual hair follicles until they’re damaged and stop growing. However, the laser light energy first needs to pass through all skin layers on top of the hair follicles, including the layer that contains the pigments that form tattooed areas. 

Using a hair removal laser over tattooed skin would result in laser light energy being absorbed by the pigment injected into the skin to form the tattoo design. This absorption of energy would result in rapid heating of the tattooed area. There’s a possibility that the laser would fade or alter the color of your tattoo, but there’s a far bigger chance that the energy absorbed by the skin cells containing the tattoo would lead to skin damage, blisters, and burning.

Laser Hair Removal Adjacent to a Tattoo

For this reason, a competent laser hair removal practitioner would decline to perform laser hair removal on top of a tattooed area. This doesn’t mean there would be any problem in using the laser hair removal laser in non-tattooed parts of the body, even those adjacent to tattooed areas. If there’s any risk of laser light spilling over onto tattooed regions, a simple template can be used to shield the tattooed area from any risk of laser light exposure.

Laser Hair Removal Prior to Getting Tattooed

If you’re considering getting a tattoo applied to an area that also contains unwanted hair, you should consider first using laser hair removal to target all unwanted hair in the area, and only after this process is complete should you continue and get the tattoo applied.  Conversely, if you’ve already got a tattoo that you’d like to get removed, then take care of this first, and proceed with hair removal afterward.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care is experienced and medically qualified to perform laser hair removal, as well as a wide range of other non-invasive cosmetic techniques. We can answer any questions regarding your personal situation and can recommend the most effective (and cost-effective) ways to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.