Articles Tagged: varicose vein
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.
Posted on February 15, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko
The sedentary lifestyle many of us lead, unfortunately causes a whole host of medical problems including the increased prominence of varicose and spider veins. These engorged blood vessels typically can be found on the legs. Although any vein can become varicose, the leg veins are particularly susceptible to developing these types of abnormalities because blood vessels in this area are tasked with the strenuous job of pumping blood up to the heart. Over time it leads to weaker valves which makes the blood to pool in the veins and that eventually causes the veins to become enlarged.
See below to learn more about treatments that will make your legs look healthier and more beautiful.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are located close to the surface of the skin and they usually have red or bluish color. Spider veins are generally smaller than varicose veins, and they are often found on the face as well as on the legs. They are typically much easier to treat than varicose veins.
How can I treat spider leg veins?
Two of the most effective treatments for this disorder are sclerotherapy and laser vein therapy. Both options are minimally invasive procedures and have quick recovery times.
What are the differences between sclerotherapy and laser vein therapy?
Sclerotherapy utilizes a therapeutic solution which causes veins to collapse. It is injected directly into the unwanted vein, and over the course of a few weeks the vein begins to gradually disappear. Laser vein therapy, on the other hand, uses therapeutic heat to destroy the abnormal veins.
What is the best time to start treatments?
If you want to have beautiful legs by the summer, we recommend starting your treatments in February. Patients typically need more than one treatment to see good results.
Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, Latisse, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 457-8740 or visit us online at https://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 August 8, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko
Varicose veins are enlarged veins caused by increased pressure to the lower body, and they can be a major cosmetic concern. (more…)
Posted on September 22, 2014 by Ella Fedonenko
Varicose (i.e. swollen) veins are not a welcomed occurrence for anyone, female or male. Though they do affect more women — 1 in 3 will develop them, especially during pregnancy — varicose veins will surface for men, as well, but with less frequency. Genetics and obesity can increase a person’s risk for developing these abnormally functioning veins.
Professional dermatologists, like those at Your Laser Skin Care who provide Los Angeles-based vein therapy, can treat these swollen veins. More on that later.
What are varicose veins?
The blue or purple veins are rather unsightly. They usually occur in the leg area but can surface on other areas of the body like the face and torso.
Varicose veins are veins that are no longer functioning properly. The veins’ valves, which prevent blood on its way to the heart from flowing the other way, stop working. The walls of the veins are weakened as a result. Blood then pools in the weakened areas and further stretches the vein walls. The vein will become swollen and visible just beneath the skin’s surface.
Are varicose veins painful?
They can be, as they can create an aching and heavy feeling in the leg area. Itchiness also is a common side effect. And they can cause swollen ankles and feet and cramping muscles. In general, they can cause some discomfort.
Why does pregnancy cause varicose veins?
Varicose veins and pregnancy do not always go hand in hand, but they are a fairly common occurrence. With a growing fetus and expanding uterus, more weight is pushing on pelvis veins. One of those veins is the largest one in the body, the inferior vena cava. The major blood vessel, which runs along the body’s right side, carries blood from the lower extremities and the pelvis. Pressure on this vein makes it harder for the blood to get from the legs back to the heart, which can cause swollen veins
Also, the pregnancy hormone progesterone helps to relax blood vessel walls, which can contribute to varicose veins.
Often, varicose veins improve following pregnancy. It helps if you don’t cross your legs while sitting at your desk at work. Sitting or standing for a long time isn’t recommended. Moving around every 30 minutes will help with circulation. And maintaining a balanced diet — reducing the possibility for excessive weight gain in a short period of time during pregnancy — can help keep varicose veins at bay. Compression stockings
But what if they don’t improve?
The Los Angeles vein therapy specialists at Your Laser Skin Care can help. Our laser vein therapy can treat small spider veins and varicose veins. As lasers continue to improve, so have the methods to treat blemishes like dilated or broken blood vessels. These treatments are faster and more effective than ever before. Your Laser Skin Care uses a Yag laser, which is a beam of high-intensity light, that administers a controlled amount of heat to target blood vessels. It also contains a cooling device that protects the top layers of skin.
For more information about our treatments (and other services, such as Botox and Latisse), visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com, or call one of our vein therapy specialists in Los Angeles for a free consultation at (323) 525-1516.