Relief from Your Restless Leg Syndrome

One of the first patients I ever treated for venous disease tossed and turned all night for more than two years with restless leg syndrome. After I performed the Closure procedure, she commented to me that she experienced her first night of restful, peaceful sleep in years following the treatment! To me, this was a very strong indicator that restless leg and venous disease can go hand-in-hand, and that to treat one, you must first examine the other.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), which may affect as many as 10 percent of Americans, is a condition characterized by unpleasant sensations in the legs that cause an overwhelming urge to move them.

RLS may be linked with how the brain uses dopamine, a chemical that is needed for smooth and conscious muscle movements. Though little is known about the exact cause of restless leg, the condition is most common in middle-aged women, with a propensity to worsen with age.

Throughout my time as a vein and skin physician, I have seen many patients who experience restless leg syndrome concurrently with their venous insufficiency problems.

In fact, nearly one-quarter of people with varicose veins complain of symptoms associated with RLS.

In my experience, varicose veins and chronic vein insufficiency are often to blame for restless leg syndrome. When patients experience vein failure, blood flows back toward the feet and pools into the unhealthy veins, leading to a buildup of metabolic excess and causing the symptoms of RLS.

Although there is currently no test to diagnose the condition, if you answer yes to the following statements, you may be experiencing restless leg syndrome:

Symptoms of restless leg may become more pronounced with the consumption of stimulants, beta-blockers and antidepressants. Being pregnant, withdrawing from medication, anemia, and kidney failure may also lead to RLS.

To reduce discomfort due to RLS, try these simple actions:

  1. Cut down on caffeine and alcohol.
  2. Smoke fewer cigarettes, or stop altogether.
  3. Schedule a bedtime and wake time, and adhere to this schedule everyday—even on weekends.
  4. Take warm baths.
  5. Apply heat or ice to legs to relieve symptoms.
  6. Give yourself massages or find someone who can do it for you.

If symptoms persist, make an appointment with the specialists at Vein & Skin. Diagnosing and treating venous insufficiency is the first step to alleviate the symptoms of RLS.

If you have any concerns about your vein health, call us at 404.508.4320 and make an appointment today. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

-Dr. Fern

This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | June 26, 2014

Dispelling 5 Myths About Scar Treatment

Scars, burns, and acne are a common problem we see in our offices at Vein & Skin Laser Center.

People often think they must learn to live with scars, but in today’s world, new non-invasive, in-office treatments make that mindset a thing of the past. We find it so rewarding to be able to free someone from a physical scar that perhaps had been a source of lower self-esteem, embarrassment or discomfort.

Although unsightly, scars are the result of the body’s natural healing process. How quickly a wound heals is an important factor in determining the severity of the scar.

Lucky for you, we’ve gathered some great tips to help you reduce scarring in case you are injured:

1. Don’t use hydrogen peroxide to clean cuts.
Hydrogen peroxide is actually more harm than good for your open wounds. As the chemical bubbles, it wipes out bacteria, but also kills off your healthy tissue and cells. The same is true for rubbing alcohol and iodine. Next time you have a moderate to mild cut, just flush the wound with warm water.

2. Keep cuts moist.
Contrary to what your mother may have told you, tissue repair and cell growth work better and faster in a moist environment. Smear antiseptic ointment on your cut and wrap it tightly with gauze or a Band-Aid. Regularly change bandages to decrease the risk of bacterial infection.

3. Vitamin E and cocoa butter are not the answer.
Ask anyone how to fade scars and you will hear someone suggest Vitamin E. However, several scientific studies have shown that using Vitamin E or cocoa butter to treat scars offers no improvement in the size, thickness, or appearance of scars.

4. Not all scars lighten and fade.
A scar can take up to a year to form completely and even longer to disappear. The likelihood of a scar disappearing depends on its age and severity. Treating the scar gives us more control in drastically reducing its size and appearance. Raised scars like keloids usually require additional assistance to fade.

5. Don’t wait to treat a scar.
New scars exhibit the best responses to treatments. If you want to get rid of a scar, we recommend seeking medical attention within one month of the injury. By waiting, you allow more time for deep scar tissues to grow, which can potentially restrict movement in muscles and tendons.

At Vein & Skin, we use a special tool to aid in the reduction of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. Known as CO2 Laser Resurfacing or ActiveFX™, the treatment stimulates collagen production and noticeably improves skin tone and texture. With only 20 minutes spent in the doctor’s office, ActiveFX™ is ideal for those with a busy lifestyle that desire a reduction in their scar, and fast.

Although it may take a few treatments, patient satisfaction is extremely high when they see the results.

To schedule a consultation, please call us at 404.508.4320. We look forward to seeing you.

-Dr. Fern

This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | June 26, 2014

Drop Those Falsies for Latisse

The eyes are the window to your soul. Unfortunately, no one can peer into your soul without first noticing your lashes…or lack thereof. Eyelashes have long been a marker of femininity and beauty. They not only enhance our visual appearance, they serve a function, protecting the eyes from dust and small particles. Like a cat’s whiskers, eyelashes are highly sensitive and inform us when something comes near the eye. Your falsies just can’t do that.

Eyelash curlers, glue, mascaras, strips, and extensions are temporary and sometimes painful. Overuse or misuse of products can permanently interfere with eyelash growth. Latisse offers a natural solution to these problems. Proven effective in increasing follicle growth, Latisse leaves you with longer, more voluminous lashes. Why fake it ‘til you make it when you can have it all?

Check out a few of the benefits of Latisse below:

Latisse may take up to eight weeks to reach full effect, but it’s definitely worth the wait, because nothing is more natural than your own eyelashes.

Browse our website to learn more about Latisse, and contact Vein & Skin at (404) 508-4320 if you are interested in scheduling a consultation.

This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | June 11, 2014