Vein & Skin Now Offering UltraPulse Encore Laser Skin Resurfacing!

As you may know, Vein & Skin Laser Center performs many different cosmetic procedures in addition to treatment for venous disorders. I’m always looking for new safe and effective technologies to add to the catalog of aesthetic services we provide. Lately, many of my patients have been asking about skin resurfacing procedures, so when I recently heard about UltraPulse Encore laser skin resurfacing, it caught my attention immediately.

The latest in skin resurfacing, UltraPulse Encore technology with its new CO2 Lite control, goes a step beyond traditional laser therapy; this procedure provides a novel, less invasive approach for treating fine lines, age spots and uneven skin tone.  With a single pass of the laser beam, the UltraPulse Encore’s special CO2 Lite setting targets and vaporizes water in the cells of the uppermost layer of skin, revealing fresher, younger-looking skin.  CO2 Lite treats mild cosmetic flaws more gently, providing the benefits of advanced technology without the prolonged healing times often associated with older, more traditional treatments.

After becoming fully trained in the technique, I’ve treated many patients with UltraPulse, and they have experienced amazing results. It’s always a treat to see the patients in follow-up, as they’re often very enthusiastic and pleased with the results. I even had one patient say that she wished she could get UltraPulse every year because of the improvement she has seen! I’ve also had a number of patients come in for scar treatment and the results are equally successful. Scar treatment is different in that it takes multiple treatments to get the best result, but treatments are quick, not very involved, and they’re tolerated very easily.

Ultimately, I’ve found that resurfacing with the UltraPulse Encore does more than soften the appearance of imperfections – it can actually eliminate evidence of sun damage, such as wrinkles and discoloration, it can increase the amount of collagen in the skin, and it can significantly improve depressions in the skin, such as acne scarring.  Whether treating the whole face or specific areas, a single treatment provides dramatic and immediate results. The result is a rejuvenated, smoother, and more youthful looking face that lasts.

UltraPulse Encore laser resurfacing is ideal for men and women with signs of an aging complexion. No one patient is the same, so I tailor treatments to each patient’s needs according to the nature and extent of skin damage, skin type and individual requirements for recovery time. If you would like more information about how UltraPulse Encore laser skin resurfacing can be tailored for your individual skin type and specific condition, please call the office at 404-508-4320 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | March 25, 2014

How Do You Know if You Have Lymphedema?

One of my favorite things we do at Vein & Skin is host free vein screenings every few weeks. People appreciate the free consultation, and we always find it interesting to screen new patients and evaluate their various problems. During our most recent screening at our Northside office, we saw several patients with a condition called lymphedema. Coincidentally, I had attended a conference on lymphedema the very same week. As it has been at the forefront of my mind the last few days, I thought it would be appropriate to write a blog post about this unusual condition.


What are the symptoms of lymphedema?

The primary symptom of lymphedema is the swelling of an extremity that lasts longer than four weeks and doesn’t improve. The swelling can occur in the legs, the arms, or the trunk area. Frequently, patients with lymphedema experience difficulty with moving and walking. Excessive fatigue of the arms and legs and feeling self-conscious about the appearance of swollen limbs are other frequent complaints.


What causes lymphedema?

There are two different kinds of lymphedema:

Primary lymphedema is a genetic abnormality and generally occurs without any definite cause. It can happen at any age and sometimes is considered hereditary.

Secondary lymphedema is acquired after damage to the lymphatic system from trauma or surgery. When a surgery or injury causes damage to the lymphatic drainage system, excessive lymph fluid gradually accumulates in the body. The buildup of fluid then appears as swelling in the tissue. Lymphedema frequently appears in patients who have recently been treated for cancer. The condition is fairly common in those with breast cancer, melanomas, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer or lymphomas.


What are the treatment options?

Fortunately, there is treatment for lymphedema and the sooner it is treated, the better. The most effective method is to prevent the progression of swelling through something called complete decongestant therapy. This involves compressive therapy with the use of compressive devices. Simple compressive stockings are often a quick and easy fix.

Other prevention and treatment methods include:

These are just a few of the ways that I have found to help our patients who have been diagnosed with lymphedema. Whichever treatment is best suited for your condition, it’s always better to start early before the disease process becomes more complicated.

As always, if you have any concerns about your vein and skin health, dial 404-508-4320 and make an appointment today.

–Dr. Fern

This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | March 13, 2014

6 Reasons Why People Get Spider Veins

As a vein doctor, I see patients everyday who are completely healthy, but are plagued by visible, unsightly blood vessels on their body called spider veins. They are distressed because they aren’t sure how they developed spider veins and are frustrated that researchers have not yet determined the exact cause of their condition.

Though nearly impossible to pinpoint the precise origin of spider veins, I’ve found that certain behaviors predispose people to develop the condition. Since the appearance of spider veins is often related to increased pressure in the blood vessels, activities that create increased pressure in the legs are usually to blame. Here are some of the more common explanations I’ve found in my patients:

Frequent standing. Many of my patients are nurses, waitresses, or other professionals who spend a lot of time standing up. If you have a job that always has you on your feet, you might be likely to develop spider veins. This is because your body has to work extra hard to carry blood from your legs up to your heart so when you spend a lot of time on your feet, you make it even harder for your blood vessels.

Hormonal shifts. Many times, female hormones play a role in the development of spider veins. Puberty, birth control pills, pregnancy, or hormone replacement therapy may contribute to their appearance.

Injury or constriction. Some of my patients experience spider veins after an injury or as a result of wearing tight hosiery. As spider veins are the consequence of poor blood circulation, I advise my patients to steer clear of tight girdles.

Genetics. There are some people who develop spider veins through no fault of their own. About half of all people who experience spider veins have a family member who has them as well.

Sun exposure. Too much time spent under the sun may be to blame for some cases of spider veins. High sun exposure weakens the veins close to the surface of the skin.

Weight gain. It is not uncommon to notice spider veins on the body after you’ve gained some weight. Extra weight puts added pressure on your legs, as well as the vessels that carry blood from the legs to the heart.

These six common reasons may help explain why you have developed spider veins. By limiting the activities that cause spider veins, you can attempt to prevent them from coming back after having them removed.

At Vein & Skin Laser Center, I personally attend to all patients who come to the office. This means you can be assured that you’ll always receive treatment from a double board certified surgeon and vein specialist. After treating thousands of spider veins, I’ve seen it all and am happy to assist you in attaining healthier looking skin. If you’d like to get in touch, dial 404-508-4320 and make an appointment today.


–Dr. Fern

This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | March 5, 2014