Articles Tagged: sclerotherapy
Posted on March 9, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko
What is Restless Leg Syndrome?
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is the term used to describe the overwhelming need to regularly move one’s legs to relieve uncomfortable or painful sensations in the legs.
It’s often caused by a combination of insufficient blood flow in the veins, and by pressure on specific nerves in the legs. The resulting tingling or pricking sensation is often referred to as “pins and needles.”
It generally resolves itself once the pressure is removed, although it may also require that the limb be massaged for several minutes before fully subsiding. RLS may also be caused by neurological problems or an iron deficiency and can be exacerbated by various prescription medications.
RLS is more likely to occur while sitting or sleeping, is more likely to occur late in the day or at night, and is twice as common among women. You’re more likely to develop RLS as you age, and also if you have family members who also suffer from RLS.
Similarities with Varicose Veins
Varicose veins occur when poor blood circulation results in damage both to the valves that normally regulate blood flow and the walls of the veins themselves. Varicose veins become a cosmetic problem when the walls of the veins become twisted, discolored and enlarged. They are often also painful and have the potential to cause moderate or significant health problems if blood starts to pool inside twisted sections of the veins.
Varicose veins can also cause a range of other symptoms, including swollen, inflamed, or itchy skin, dull pain that gets progressively worse during the day, muscle cramps at night, and the urge to move one’s legs when trying to sleep.
Several of these symptoms are quite similar to those associated with RLS, and in fact, many varicose vein sufferers also experience the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome. It transpires that the causes of both conditions are closely related. Although not all RLS sufferers also have varicose veins, in many cases, RLS may actually be caused by varicose veins.
Varicose Vein Treatment Options for RLS?
Although the fact that varicose veins and RLS often occur together does not automatically imply that treating varicose veins will resolve RLS symptoms, recent research has demonstrated that this is, in fact, often the case.
You should first consult a qualified doctor to establish if your RLS is related to blood flow problems – this may require a comprehensive medical checkup to establish the real cause.
In cases where RLS is related to varicose veins, we recommend seriously looking at available non-invasive or minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options, including Sclerotherapy and laser vein therapy. These will allow you to relieve the underlying cause of your RLS, while also treating your varicose vein symptoms, and preventing them from worsening and creating more serious problems in the future.
In cases where RLS is not related to blood circulation, there are other treatment options, ranging from increasing iron consumption, applying hot or cold compresses, and the use of various medications.
Regardless of the severity of your symptoms, we strongly recommend investigating the cause, especially as you may be able to avoid more painful or serious problems in the future by treating the underlying causes today.
Los Angeles Vein Treatment from Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care can provide you with a full range of services, including a complete diagnosis of the cause of your RLS and varicose veins. We can advise on the best ways to treat both conditions.
We have extensive experience providing both laser vein therapy and Sclerotherapy treatments. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation.
Posted on November 22, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko
Varicose veins can appear when locally increased blood pressure weakens the walls and valves of your veins, causing the veins primarily in the legs to become enlarged and twisted. There are several causes, including pregnancy, obesity, and standing for extended periods.
Varicose veins can be surgically treated, but there are several other treatment options: laser vein therapy and Sclerotherapy, both of which offer practical ways to reduce or eliminate problematic varicose veins.
Just like other physical problems that can lead to pain, discomfort, or distress, finding ways to prevent the problem from occurring in the first place is always preferable to trying to resolve it afterward.
In the case of varicose veins, there are several ways you can reduce the chance of developing or prevent the possible recurrence of veins after treatment.
Maybe this is obvious, but the best way to avoid blood pressure issues that can lead to varicose veins is to keep your body, most notably your leg muscles toned, and keep your blood pressure and weight within recommended guidelines. Increasing physical activity is a great way to improve general health, and the following exercises can also help target some of the leading causes of varicose veins.
1. Walking and Running
Perhaps the easiest way to start improving your health is to increase the distance you walk on a regular basis. Numerous devices can help you track your activity. Yet, the only thing required is just getting SOME form of exercise in your normal routine, rather than just a special activity that ends up being deferred (or even forgotten) on a regular basis.
If you’re a runner, even for short distances, that’s so much the better. Also, taking the stairs instead of the elevator (even for a floor or two) is a particularly effective way to target your calf and thigh muscles. However, simply walking more will also definitely help.
2. Flexing and Stretching Your Legs
Extended periods of standing or sitting can result in poor blood circulation over time. Even if you have to remain static, try to adjust your position regularly. Stretch your legs and flex your calf muscles to promote blood circulation and reduce any pressure spots.
You can target calf muscles while still remaining seated by placing your feet flat on the floor and alternating between raising your toes and raising your heel; you can achieve a similar result by rocking your feet the same way with one or both legs stretched straight out in front of you.
Merely squeezing your thighs, wiggling your toes, or lifting your legs are also useful ways to stimulate blood circulation in your legs.
Widely recognized as a great way to improve your general physical and mental well-being, yoga can also be used to strengthen and tone your leg muscles. There are, of course, several different types of yoga, each with its preferred poses and methods. The bottom line is that even though you may not consider yoga as effective as more dynamic forms of exercise, it can nevertheless be a highly effective way to improve your general health. Your instructor can also point you towards poses that will directly benefit the blood circulation in your legs.
Other Ways to Help Prevent Varicose Veins
There are still other ways to reduce the chance of getting varicose veins –
- Avoid tight or restrictive clothing
- Avoid the extended use of high heels
- Avoid prolonged static body positions
Your doctor may also be able to supply additional guidelines and suggestions for minimizing any blood circulation problems.
Your Laser Skin Care can provide you with advice on the best ways to treat varicose or spider veins – we have extensive experience providing both laser vein therapy and Sclerotherapy treatments. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.
Posted on January 3, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko
Spider veins are the smaller cousins of varicose veins – they are twisty, fine, red, purple, or blue blood vessels that can be seen through the skin, usually on the face or legs. Unlike varicose veins they don’t cause the skin surface to bulge – although they don’t typically pose a health problem in themselves, they can be equally distressing. They typically form a spider’s web-like pattern, and up to 60% of adults will eventually suffer from them.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Healthy veins transfer blood to the heart and contain one-way valves that allow blood to flow in one direction. Spider veins are formed when problems with these valves cause blood to pool inside the veins. This causes blood vessel walls to weaken, which can result in the twisty patterns that are characteristic of spider veins.
Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from spider veins, as are people who spend much of their time at work standing up. Age, being overweight, pregnancy, trauma, and surgery also increase the risk of developing spider veins. There is also a genetic component, meaning that some people are just more likely to suffer from them.
If you want to decrease the risk of developing spider veins, the following methods are recommended:
-Stay active by walking regularly and keeping your weight under control.
– Additional exercises targeting your leg muscles will help.
– If you have to stand still for extended periods, periodically stretch your leg muscles to help promote blood circulation.
– Limit the level of salt in your diet to reduce water retention.
– Regularly rest with your legs raised to the level of your heart (or higher). This helps promote healthy blood circulation by stopping blood from pooling in the legs.
– Excessive sun exposure can also contribute to worsening the appearance of spider veins, so wearing sunblock and avoiding too much sun will also help.
If you’ve started to develop spider veins, Sclerotherapy and Laser Vein Therapy are both effective treatment options that can reduce or eliminate spider veins in the vast majority of cases.
Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, vein therapy, chemical peels and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.
Posted on June 26, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko
As we age, our body’s natural defenses don’t quite work the way they used to. The valves in your veins begin to show the wear and tear from their efforts of regulating blood flow. As the valves deteriorate, blood begins to pool in certain areas of your body rather than flow freely and as a result, your veins begin to look engorged. Varicose veins are more often associated with aches and pains, and they are larger and more pronounced than spider veins. Spider veins form just under the skin, and many people regard them as an unsightly cosmetic problem.
There are a number of therapies to treat unwanted enlarged veins and make your skin appear clearer and more even toned. Sclerotherapy and Laser Vein Therapy are two of the most popular treatment options for the removal of varicose and spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment option which involves a liquid solution being injected into the vein. Over time, the vein collapses and eventually disappears from the surface of your skin. Patients often tell us how beautiful their legs look and feel just a few weeks after a treatment.
Another good way to treat varicose veins and broken capillaries is Laser Vein Therapy. These days, lasers are more powerful and effective than ever before, and the YAG laser system we use is often viewed as the gold standard in Laser Vein Therapy. This laser is designed to remove veins by treating them with an intense beam of light. The laser, when paired with the patented Dynamic Cooling Device and a topical anesthetic, proves to be a well-tolerated therapy for many patients.
Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.
Posted on January 4, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko
See your varicose veins disappear with a quick, painless procedure. Watch how this patient describes how well sclerotherapy worked for her.
Posted on November 21, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko
Sclerotherapy can reduce the appearance of varicose veins and help you feel comfortable wearing short dresses again. See how it helped this patient.
Posted on October 26, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko
Sclerotherapy can reduce the appearance of varicose veins with little to no discomfort. Watch one patient share her experience.