Articles Tagged: varicose veins

 

Common Varicose Vein Myths

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.

 

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.

 

Is Your Restless Leg Syndrome a Symptom of Varicose Veins?

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.

 

3 Exercises to Help Prevent Varicose Veins

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.

3. Yoga

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.

 

Selecting a Vein Treatment Doctor for Sclerotherapy or Laser Vein Therapy

Posted on August 13, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

You should be sure to consider the following points before deciding where to go for treatment:

Doctor’s Qualifications and Experience

Reach out to the doctor and ask about their qualifications and experience. Your doctor should be board certified in a relevant specialty – one of internal medicine, vascular medicine, vascular surgery, or dermatology.

You also want to select a doctor who has substantial experience carrying out vein therapy. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about their experience. If they can’t find the time to talk to you, keep looking.

Available Equipment

Laser vein therapy makes use of high-tech lasers. There are many different models, with different features, but the most versatile and widely-used type of laser is the Nd:YAG laser. Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (YAG) is simply the type of crystal from which the laser is constructed, and Neodymium (Nd) is the chemical element added to tune the light frequency produced by the laser.

Although very brief, pulses of laser light can cause discomfort. One way to alleviate this is to cool the skin a fraction of a second before each laser pulse. The DCD (Dynamic Cooling Device) system uses a cryogenic spray to counteract the heating effect of the laser, minimizing discomfort.

Personal Rapport with the Doctor

It’s important that you feel comfortable with the doctor, and with the staff at their clinic. It may be hard to pin down what makes you feel at ease with a doctor, but trust your instincts.

The effectiveness of your treatment is not only measured by the doctor’s skill and experience, but also by their ability to listen to your concerns, and to fully explain the treatment options available to you.

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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.