Articles Tagged: Spider veins

 

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

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

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.

Peppers

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.

Pomegranate

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

Beets

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

Turmeric

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.

Bananas

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.

Nuts

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.

 

Are Varicose Veins a Health Risk?

Posted on September 4, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

Varicose veins are visible symptoms of poorly functioning valves that allow blood to circulate in the “wrong” direction. The immediate result is increased pressure on blood vessels walls, leading to damage and weakening of the blood vessels, resulting in the twisty and enlarged veins that characterize the condition.

Common Causes 

Varicose veins can be caused by a variety of different medical conditions that can affect blood circulation, including genetic predisposition in some families, obesity, pregnancy, extended periods of sitting or standing, and even smoking.

Minor Complications

Poor blood circulation can increase the pressure on the skin, often resulting in local bleeding, and in some cases, the formation of sores. These are known as venous or varicose ulcers and typically form on the sides of the lower leg. Sores in this area are often slow to heal and can also become infected if left untreated.

Potentially Serious Complications

Although severe complications from varicose veins are rare, they can lead to some potentially far more unpleasant problems. 

The first complication is the development of blood clots in veins close to the skin surface. The chance of developing blood clots significantly increases when blood circulation is disrupted, and blood starts to pool. 

If blood clots are allowed to develop in deep veins, typically in the thighs or lower legs, the result can be deep vein thrombosis. This can result in leg pain or swelling, but may not be associated with any symptoms. It’s a far more serious condition, however.

Ultimately, if left untreated, blood clots can become dislodged and travel through the body. If they migrate to the lungs, they can result in blocked arteries, known as pulmonary embolism. This is a severe condition that can result in chest pain and shortness of breath.

Treatment

The above should have convinced you to take the development of varicose veins seriously. The good news is that treatments are available to help address varicose veins’ development, even in their early stages. You should start by consulting a qualified doctor to establish if your varicose veins are merely cosmetic, or if they’re the result of a more serious condition.

When no serious underlying medical conditions exist, there are non-invasive or minimally-invasive treatment options, including Sclerotherapy and Laser Vein Therapy. Early treatment will also greatly reduce your chances of developing more serious complications afterward.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care is medically qualified and experienced – we can provide you with a full range of services, including a complete diagnosis of your varicose veins’ cause and advice on the best ways to treat the condition. We have extensive experience providing both Laser Vein Therapy and Sclerotherapy treatments and 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.

 

Healthy Foods for Varicose Veins

Posted on June 12, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

Perhaps you’re very careful to moisturize, you don’t smoke, you apply sunscreen religiously, and you may even use dermal fillers and Botox to repair any wrinkles that you’ve developed. However, the chances are that you still do several things regularly that may make your wrinkles worse instead of better. 

Here are a few of the things that many of us do on a regular basis, that make our wrinkles worse:

Pulling Your Skin When Applying or Removing MakeUp

It’s natural to stretch your skin when applying or removing makeup, but pulling on the delicate skin on our faces, especially around the eyes, can cumulatively lead to various problems, including puffiness, broken blood vessels, lost skin elasticity, and eventually wrinkles. Use facial pads to pat away your makeup, instead of wiping it off – this simple act adds up to a lot over time.

Similarly, for those who wear contacts daily – try to limit the natural tendency to pull the skin to the side to facilitate inserting or removing your contacts.

Excessive Washing with Harsh Soaps

Soap works by stripping the natural oils from the skin, but this can leave your skin dehydrated and unprotected, and makes you much more prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles over time. Consider avoiding soap altogether, and switch to gentle skin cleansers, and be sure to use a moisturizer to replace lost fluids.

Regular Driving 

Even for those who use sunscreen, the cumulative effect of regular driving in our climate is that one side of your face is regularly exposed to far more sunshine than the other, just by virtue of being next to the car’s side window. 

Harmful UV rays are not blocked by the glass; consequently, wrinkles are more common on the left side of our faces. You can combat this by using higher SPF-rated sunscreen when driving, as well as by getting the side windows of your car tinted.

Sunglasses!

Many people avoid sunglasses, but they unconsciously compensate in bright sunlight by squinting to reduce light intensity and glare. 

Needless to say, scrunching your eyes regularly increases the chance of developing lines and wrinkles in the soft skin that surrounds our eyes. The solution? Wear sunglasses, and make sure you choose ones that also protect against harmful UV rays.

Sleeping On Your Front

Given the number of hours we spend asleep, it should not come as a surprise to learn that the position in which we sleep can have a large influence on our bodies. 

Sleeping with your face pushed into a pillow can eventually lead to developing fine lines and wrinkles; for those who habitually favor one side or the other, these wrinkles can be more developed on one side of your face. Sleeping on your back might avoid the problem, but for those who are not able or comfortable doing that, choosing low-friction pillowcases can also help.

Your Laser Skin Care

We’re highly experienced in administering dermal fillers, Botox, and a host of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures. We’ll be happy to schedule you a free consultation, at which we can present the full range of available solutions tailored to your specific needs, develop a custom treatment plan, and answer any questions you may have. 

Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule your free consultation, or contact us online for more information.

 

Why Spider Veins Happen and How to Stop Them

Posted on August 12, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Spider veins are damaged veins, typically small and twisty, that form close to the surface of the skin. They appear in colors of red, purple, or blue, and are most often found on the face or legs. They don’t necessarily indicate the presence of associated health issues, but they can create a cosmetic problem that many people find unsightly.

What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins occur when the normal blood flow within veins gets disrupted, and blood begins to pool instead of flowing smoothly.

This disruption is typically caused when the one-way valves inside our veins, which normally prevent blood flowing backward, become weak or damaged. When blood starts to collect instead of flow, the local blood pressure rises, which weakens the blood vessel walls and eventually causes the walls to bulge. The end result is blood vessels forming the twisty patterns that characterize spider veins.

The risk of developing spider veins increases with age, excessive weight, pregnancy, trauma, or even after some types of surgeries. Some people, especially women, are simply more likely to develop spider veins.

Other causes include spending a lot of time sitting or standing up. Even wearing high heels, which cause calf muscles to remain contracted for extended periods, can lead to spider veins. Facial spider veins may also be caused by excess sun exposure, or even something as simple as vigorous coughing or sneezing.

How to Prevent or Minimize the Appearance of Spider Veins?

Obviously trying to prevent or minimize the various potential causes of spider veins will reduce the chance of them developing. However, once you see veins start to develop, there are a few ways to treat them:

  • Losing weight and exercising will improve blood circulation and may lower your risk of worsening of spider veins.
  • Support pantyhose, compression stockings or socks can be used to apply pressure to the areas with spider veins. This compression helps improve blood flow and prevent spider veins from continuing to develop.
  • Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive treatment that involves injecting a solution into damaged veins which causes them to collapse. Eventually, the treated vein will get absorbed by the body, resulting in the discolored areas fading or even disappearing. Sclerotherapy is a simple, virtually painless procedure that produces excellent results.
  • Non-invasive laser vein therapy uses focused pulses of laser light to remove the broken or damaged blood vessels associated with spider veins. Laser vein therapy is a fast and effective way to treat spider veins, especially very fine veins. It is typically applied with anesthetic and/or cooling pads to reduce any discomfort.

Vein Therapy in Los Angeles

If you suffer from spider veins, contact Your Laser Skin Care at (323) 525-1516 or schedule a consultation online. We will be happy to explain how Sclerotherapy and laser vein therapy could help you resolve your vein problems.

 

Am I at Risk for Developing Spider Veins?

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.

 

Learn About Your Treatment Options For Varicose Veins

Posted on June 4, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

Unsightly varicose veins are a top reason many of us choose to wear clothes that conceal our bodies. Spider veins are particularly troublesome because they often protrude from the skin in highly visible patterns. Spider veins most frequently show up on the legs, and they form for a variety of reasons including genetics, obesity, and hormonal fluctuations.

Fortunately, due to advances in medical technology there are now several treatment options available that can drastically improve the appearance of varicose veins. Sclerotherapy, for example, has become one the most popular vein treatments in the world, and it helps millions of patients improve the appearance of varicose veins.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Sclerotherapy

 

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy utilizes an injectable medication to remove unsightly veins anywhere on the body. This treatment is especially effective for small to medium sized veins such as spider veins.

Is spider vein removal safe?

Since spider veins have no physiological function they can be safely removed for cosmetic reasons.

How long will it take before I see results?

Patients usually see dramatic improvement in the appearance of varicose veins in three to four weeks following the procedure. Some require several treatments to achieve good results.

What is recovery like?

After the procedure, patients are advised to wear compression stockings for a period of 3 days. Patients should also avoid excessive heat exposure for the first 48 hours after the treatment.

Are there other alternative vein treatments available?

Laser vein therapy is another excellent treatment option for varicose veins. It utilizes light energy to accurately target and destroy the unwanted veins.

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, vein therapy 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.

Why You Should Treat Spider Veins Now

Posted on March 16, 2015 by Ella Fedonenko

Unfortunately for many of you spider veins are a reality. The blue-ish veins are visible through the skin on the legs.

Spider veins can be troubling for many for aesthetic reasons. So right now, while a lot of the U.S. is still wearing pants due to winter weather temperatures, it is a good time to start treating these veins before beach season starts. In addition, treatment usually means patients need to limit their sun exposure for up to two months.

Why do veins become a problem in our legs?

Veins help blood flow upwards, which, as we all know, is a nothing short of a miracle thanks to gravity. Therefore, leg veins are more susceptible to faulty valve functioning. Pressure on the walls of veins will cause stretching and weakening. Eventually, it will reduce the functionality of a vein.

Do women have to worry more about spider veins?

Actually, yes. They are more prone to spider veins. This is due in part to pregnancy. Pregnancy means weight gain and changes in hormones. Yet men can also get abnormal veins, as well.

Other risk factors, besides pregnancy, include obesity/weight gain, leg-related illnesses, aging, prior injuries or prolonged periods of standing. Genetics can also be a factor.

What do spider veins feel like?

Unfortunately, there can be a throbbing feeling. The veins can also produce:

• Rashes and Redness

• Itching

• Inflammation

Your Laser Skin Care uses the latest technology to treat spider veins. Our Laser Vein Therapy is a safe and effective treatment. We can also address other skin concerns, such as birthmarks, port wine stains and rosacea. Our Yag laser utilizes high-intensity light to penetrate skin tissue. It delivers heat to the targeted areas while protecting the upper layers of skin with cryogen. There are minimal side effects. For more information please visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com.

To learn more about Laser Vein Therapy, or our many other services including Botox and Latisse, please call us today at (323) 525-1516