Articles Tagged: varicose vein therapy
Posted on September 11, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko
Continuing our recent focus on varicose veins, we’re moving to try to dispel several of the more commonly encountered varicose vein myths. Given the potential long-term problems associated with untreated varicose veins, these are well worth tackling.
Varicose Veins are Just a Cosmetic Problem
Varicose veins are, without question, a cosmetic problem in almost every case. However, given the range of possible health problems that can be responsible for causing the condition, and the possible health effects that can result if varicose veins are allowed to develop without treatment, they absolutely also have the potential to cause significant long-term health problems.
As to the worst-case health problems that can be caused by varicose veins – deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolisms are two that should definitely get your attention.
Early diagnosis and treatment can not only help you avoid developing the cosmetic problem that varicose veins can become, but can also help you minimize or even avoid associated long-term health problems.
Varicose Veins are Primarily a Problem for Elderly Women
Elderly women are the group most likely to develop varicose veins, but they’re certainly not the only group that’s susceptible. Around a third of adults will eventually develop varicose veins in some form, and men are certainly also vulnerable.
Furthermore, although age is generally a significant factor, varicose veins are not confined to the elderly. They can develop at far younger ages, and can certainly start to become a problem in your 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s.
Crossing Legs Causes Varicose Veins
Varicose veins can be caused (or exacerbated) by several factors. People with sedentary jobs are vulnerable, as are those who spend extended periods standing. Family history can be a factor, as well as carrying excess weight. The common factor is their tendency to disrupt normal blood circulation and cause blood to pool in the legs.
Although it might seem that crossing one’s legs could cause blood circulation problems, this is typically not the case. Still, spending long periods with your legs crossed could lead to back pain, and even spending too much time sitting could eventually contribute to worsening circulation. Moderation in all things!
You Only Need to Worry about Visible Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are more likely to develop close to the surface. It’s certainly true that varicose veins in this region are more likely to be visible, and thus regarded as cosmetic problems. But varicose veins can also develop deeper beneath the skin and are less likely to be noticed, especially if you’re overweight. If you experience unusual pain in the legs, especially if this continues, you should definitely be evaluated by a doctor.
The Only Effective Treatment is Surgery
This used to be the case, but we now have access to both minimally and non-invasive techniques that can address many of the cosmetic aspects of varicose veins, including Sclerotherapy and laser vein therapy. Your doctor should be consulted as to the factors that may have been responsible for you developing varicose veins – it’s possible that you might require more treatment than simply resolving the visible component of varicose veins.
Varicose Veins will Always Return after Treatment.
It’s not possible to give a blanket answer to this question, although it’s certainly not inevitable that varicose veins will return after treatment. Your doctor can advise you on lifestyle changes that will reduce the chances of their recurrence.
Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care is medically qualified and experienced – we can provide you with a full range of services, including full diagnosis of the cause of your varicose veins, advice on the best ways to treat the condition, and pointers on how to avoid them returning after treatment. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 August 30, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko
It’s no secret that laser treatments are at the forefront of skin care technology right now. They are well known for their versatility and effectiveness, and require no downtime after a treatment. In the relatively short amount of time they have been around, lasers have already mastered hair removal, as well as reduction of scars, stretch marks, and sun damage. Here are some of our favorite laser treatments:
Laser Skin Resurfacing
The Palomar Starlux 1540 Fractional Laser is a state-of-the-art technology that can treat dark spots, scars, wrinkles, stretch marks, and more. This treatment stimulates the dermis to form new healthy tissue and collagen. The laser is non-ablative, which means the outer layer of skin is not removed, so healing happens much faster.
Laser Vein Therapy
Unsightly spider or varicose veins can be not only aesthetically unpleasant, but also painful. Laser vein therapy is the minimally invasive way to remove varicose veins as well as port wine stains, rosacea and other vascular birthmarks. The laser targets diseased blood vessels, delivering a controlled amount of heat. The upper layers of skin are protected with a patented Dynamic Cooling Device and side effects are minimal.
Laser Skin Tightening
The Candela YAG Laser can be used to rejuvenate the skin by diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and acne scars, and by tightening sagging skin. Laser skin tightening works by heating up the existing collagen which in turn triggers new collagen formation. This process improves facial contours and smoothes out wrinkles, leaving you with plump, youthful skin.
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.