Why You Should Treat Varicose Veins

Olympic swimming gold medalist, actress and television host, Summer Sanders is a great example of what one would consider excellent physical health. Often linked with older people, Summer Sanders is not what you might consider the typical candidate for varicose veins. However, varicose veins come with no age discrimination. Soon after the birth of her second child, Sanders found herself suffering from varicose veins and chronic vein insufficiency. These painful veins can affect anyone, keeping them off their feet for many hours a day.

Twisting and bulging around the thigh and stretching down the calf, varicose veins can be cosmetically unsightly. However, this is not merely a matter of vanity. They could also be signs of more serious health conditions. Ignored long enough, the seemingly superficial issue can become painful, potentially developing into major forms of venous disease. While these conditions are not viewed as life threatening, they do contribute to a significant amount of pain and disability. If you find that pain, bleeding or extensive skin discolorations accompany your varicose veins, Vein & Skin Laser Center can help you find relief from these uncomfortable circumstances.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins are an extremely common problem in the United States. An estimated 40 million Americans suffer from the condition (Chicago Vein Institute, 2014). Varicose veins are a sign of weakened valves in the leg. When a valve in the leg fails to move blood up toward the heart, blood remains in the veins and collects in the leg. This triggers veins to engorge and rise over the skin’s surface. Other factors that contribute to vein disease are pregnancy, prolonged periods of standing or sitting and obesity.

How do I prevent them?

There is no surefire way to fully prevent varicose veins. Fluctuating hormone levels make the risk for varicose veins highest in women (especially around pregnancy and menopause). Risk for both sexes increases with age as veins lose elasticity.

Luckily, there are some lifestyle changes that may work to limit the sprawl of varicose veins:

Once I get them treated, are they gone forever?

Treatment is a rapid, routine procedure that closes off targeted veins. However, treatment does not prevent new varicose veins from forming. Keep in mind that this condition is passed down generationally, so even with treatment, there is a possibility of new varicose veins appearing.

What if I decide not to get painful veins treated?

It’s important to know that varicose veins don’t get better. They tend to remain stagnant or get worse over time. If varicose veins remain in superficial veins (those closer to the surface of the skin), they may remain a cosmetic issue. Olympic medalist Sanders tried to train and push through the pain the veins were causing her, but by then, her condition had already developed to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

It is in the rare instance that varicose veins affect deeper veins that they become a true health hazard. CVI is a condition where the veins cannot pump blood back to the heart. It increases the risk of developing a blood clot called a deep venous thrombosis (DVT). If traveling to other parts of the body, this blood clot can result in potentially fatal conditions.

Millions of Americans suffer from vein disease and may not even know it. Thankfully, this is a problem that can be easily resolved. If your varicose veins are causing you extensive pain, or itching, discolored skin, what’s standing in the way between you and healing? Our board-certified physicians use advanced diagnostic techniques to choose the best non-surgical or minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of varicose veins and other venous disorders. Please browse our website to learn of our treatment methods. Call in for your appointment today!

This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | May 30, 2014

Can You Treat Hand Veins?

Often the appearance of your hands can show your age as much as your face does. Many of my patients find that as they get older, their hand veins become very prominent. When they look at their hands, they feel that they look old, scrawny, and veiny. Over the years, they have asked if anything can be done about this. And the answer is yes; as a matter of fact it is easily corrected.

But why does this happen? If you look at children and young adults, you will notice that their hands are smooth and no veins are visible. Why does this change? The answer lies is the aging process and thinning of the skin on the dorsum of the hand. Heredity also plays a part — thank you mom, dad or Aunt Hilda!

So we must give a little attention to those hands that have served us so well over the years. The hands can be helped by first treating the large veins with sclerotherapy and then by treating the thinned skin with fillers. The results are dramatic and long lasting.  The vein removal is permanent and the filler treatment lasts for over a year.

Sclerotherapy treatments in the hand are much simpler than the legs and the results are even more dramatic. The patient’s satisfaction level is high. Post treatment care is minimal and the patient can return to light activity the next day and full activity within a week. The appearance of the hands is very important. This is why there is such a high satisfaction level with vein and skin treatments of the hands.

This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | May 29, 2014

5 Reasons to Consider Botox

When Botox appeared “on the scene” about a decade ago, it was Hollywood exclusive. These days, the procedures are much more common. The formula and administration have since been nearly perfected.  One of the more common questions clients ask me are the specific differences between Botox® and various injectables.  While the treatment you ultimately choose can only be determined with consultation, there is a more general distinction between the two.

Botox® relaxes muscles. A medicinal treatment, Botox® works well to diminish the appearance of wrinkles that come to you genetically or from years of the same facial patterns.  Botox® can effectively smooth most signs of aging in the upper facial area.

Dermal fillers occupy the spaces where lines and wrinkles formThey are used for lips, face shaping and in areas of looser skin.  Our preferred options include Juvederm®, Radiesse® and Restylane®.

People reliably favor Botox® and dermal fillers for the top reasons:

1. It’s quick & results are immediate.  The treatment takes, at most, 30 minutes.  There is no downtime; you may resume normal activities immediately.  Results are generally observed in the 3-5 days after your appointment.

2. It’s non-invasive.  No cutting and no elaborate equipment is necessary. Anesthetics may be used to temporarily numb the injection site.

3. Side effects are minimal.  You many experience tenderness, swelling or short headaches.  These symptoms typically never extend past a 7-day period.

Two more popular, but less widely known reasons include:

4. Earlobe reconstruction.  If your earlobes hang a bit low from years heavy earring wear or light stretching, dermal fillers are a great option to restore them to their natural state.

5. Excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis is a condition marked by excessive perspiration.  Are you tired of carrying extra clothes and taking showers so frequently?  Botox® works to alleviate this condition by blocking sweat gland nerve signals.

At Vein & Skin, our work is personal. With staff trained to provide you with the best service and utmost comfort, feel free to voice all your concerns. We’ll do what we can to get you at your healthiest and most confident, looking and living your best.

Be Well,

Dr. Fern

This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | May 19, 2014

6 Facts You Didn’t Know About Facial Veins

While almost everyone who comes into my office has heard of spider or varicose veins, one condition I find that my patients know relatively little about is facial veins. These veins are usually found on the forehead, nose, cheeks, eyelids, neck, and upper chest, and often give an unsightly, aged appearance. Here are six little known facts about facial veins that you may be surprised to learn:

  1. They typically are not diseased. In most cases, unsightly facial veins are healthy and not diseased. The most typical cause of unwanted facial veins is the normal thinning of skin that comes with age. Without that youthful cushioning, the veins begin to appear more obvious.
  2. Sun damage and loss of collagen combine to cause veins and age spots to stand out. Losing collagen as you age is natural and typically cannot be prevented. Sun damage, on the other hand, can be avoided to an extent. Try to limit sun exposure and apply sunscreen when outdoors to prevent facial veins from appearing.
  3. There are several different ways to get rid of facial veins. Vein removal, dermal filler, and photorejuvenation are the most common methods for dealing with facial veins. During a complimentary consultation, Dr. Fern will evaluate the veins in your face and develop a treatment plan so you can choose the procedure that is best for you.
  4. It is safe to close off some of the veins in your face. There are many blood vessels in the deeper layers of the face that provide adequate blood flow, while the surface ones do not affect the main blood source. The bulging veins are not required for normal circulation because they are superficial.
  5. Once treated, facial veins are unlikely to come back. Depending on the person, the results from the treatment are usually permanent. This is due to the fact that facial veins do not usually redevelop like varicose veins in the leg. Once the facial veins are closed, it is not likely that they will return.
  6. There are very few side effects associated with treating facial veins. Pain associated with this procedure is minimal, if there is any at all. There might be slight swelling, bruising or redness that is usually resolved quickly.

Fortunately for those with facial veins, there are some great treatment options available, which we regularly administer at Vein & Skin. I recommend the various treatment options for men and women who experience pain from facial veins, as well as those who have become self-conscious about unattractive veins and spots on their face, neck or upper chest. The procedure is also ideal for those simply wishing to regain a soft, youthful appearance.

If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, don’t hesitate to call us at 404-508-4320 to make an appointment today.

Be well,
Dr. Fern


This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | May 1, 2014