Varicose Veins: How They Happen.

Here on the Vein and Skin Laser Center blog, we’ve written a few articles about those pesky varicose veins, including tips for natural relief, how to exercise with them, and even how they affect both men and women. This month we’re going to get a little deeper beneath the skin and show you how these blue bulgers come to be.


First, let’s examine veins in their natural state.


Veins are a type of blood vessel that help to move blood from various tissues to the heart. The heart then carries this blood to the lungs where it picks up oxygen. Arteries then pump this oxygen-filled blood throughout the body. The deoxygenated blood then returns from the other parts of the body via the veins.


Varicose veins often occur when healthy veins weaken and cause blood to collect in the valves. This leads to abnormal vein pressure, causing the veins to become thick, enlarged, and twisted. These veins are most commonly found in the legs, thighs, and ankles.


You have a higher risk of developing varicose veins if you’re obese, female, pregnant, elderly, have a family history of the condition, or have a job that requires you to sit or stand over a long period of time.


While varicose veins are not a life-threatening condition, many people find them to be rather unsightly and the symptoms bothersome. The effects of these veins vary from person to person, but most often include leg swelling, leg pain after standing or sitting, heavy or fatigued legs, itching, dry skin, skin discoloration, and inflammation.


In some cases, varicose veins can be a sign of a more serious medical problem. These conditions include deep vein thrombosis, arteriovenous fistulas, perforated vein blockage, and in some uncommon cases, tumors.

Many people live with their varicose veins for years without treatment. Sadly, without proper treatment, the veins will never get any better or go away.  The good news is that now there are a number of treatment options that do not require painful surgery, hospital stays, or bed rest recovery. Thermal ablation is the gold standard for varicose vein treatment. This quick, minimally invasive procedure closes varicose veins through the use of concentrated beams of light and allows patients return to work and normal activities the following day. Although not as effective, sclerotherapy is another available option for treatment.

If you want to get rid of your varicose veins, give the Vein and Skin Laser Center in your area a call! Schedule an appointment by calling 404-508-4320 !

This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | November 17, 2014

Active FX: Beautiful Skin for People On The Go

We all want glowing, youthful skin. However, this goal isn’t always the easiest to achieve. There are a number of creams and lotions that claim to smooth skin and get rid of unsightly wrinkles, but it can take weeks or months to begin seeing even the smallest of results with these treatments. Costly plastic surgery requires hospitalization and up to a month of painful recovery.

If you want to look five years younger, but are not prepared to commit to the expense and recovery time of surgery, Active FX CO2 laser resurfacing may be for you.

The Active FX procedure involves the use of a CO₂ resurfacing laser to peel off the upper layer of skin in a fractional pattern, which affects 80 percent of the skin, leaving the other 20 percent untouched. Using this technique shortens healing time by stimulating collagen and tissue reformation in the treatment area.  As the old layer of skin sloughs off, a new layer of beautiful, healthy skin is immediately revealed.   In addition, regenerating collagen growth begins and continues for up to five months after the procedure, causing the skin to look better and better.

While Active FX works on a variety of areas on the body, it works best on the face, neck, upper chest, hands, and arms. The beams from the laser target the superficial and deep layers within the skin, which makes it the ideal procedure for eliminating almost any skin flaw, including discoloration, age spots, burn scarring, acne scars, lines, wrinkles, and sun damage.

A typical Active FX session usually lasts about 20 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area of treatment.  Unlike many other skin resurfacing treatments you may have heard about,  Active FX only needs to be administered once in order to achieve results.

The process starts with Dr. Fern evaluating your skin type and the area you want treated. He may then recommend a skin treatment regimen for a few weeks before treatment, to prepare your skin for the laser treatment.

On the day of the Active FX treatment, he will administer an anesthetic cream to the treatment area to prevent  discomfort.   As the microbeams touch the skin, a small warm sensation fills the treated area.

After the procedure is over, the treated area may feel a bit warm.  In the next two to three days, the old layer of skin will begin to flake away with regular washing. After the new layer is exposed, the skin may appear pinkish for up to a week. The entire recovery time is three to five days.

Results from the Active FX treatment can last for five years or more if proper care of the skin is taken post-procedure.   Vein and Skin Laser Center recommends a proper  skin care regimen and using sunscreen regularly to give the best results and avoid regression.

Don’t wait to find out if Active FX is right for you!  Call and book an appointment today with Dr. Fern at Vein and Skin Laser Center by dialing  404-508-4320.


This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | November 17, 2014