Dark Spots on Hands and Face

Want younger looking hands? Wish you didn’t have those dark spots on your face?  We all know we should wear sunscreen (or should have worn!) to prevent damage from the sun, but what do you now that you are looking at sun damage on your face and hands that was NOT prevented?  Don’t give up!   At Vein and Skin Laser Center we offer treatment for pigmented areas of the hands and arms face and legs.

 vein blonde model before bath

Dark pigmented spots  appear on the skin because of exposure to the sun.  Sometimes people refer to these as moles or “liver spots” and usually they are common to older patients.  But we are also seeing pigmented skin in  younger patients who are prone to develop sun damaged skin.  Of course sunscreen is the preventative answer but after the sun spots appear,  there are ways to treat these unattractive skin blemishes.

Intense pulsed light is a more modern way to treat the pigmented skin lesions. The specialized light wave is attracted to dark pigment in the skin and targets these pigmented lesions by delivering heat energy and causing fragmentation of the pigmented lesion.  The fragmented pigmented particles  then slowly and gently peel away from the skin over a period of one week.

We have found dramatic results in treating hand age spots. Combining this treatment with eliminating enlarged hand veins gives you back your beautiful hands.  These age spots are particularly unbecoming to most women and can be removed very easily as a lunchtime treatment with minimal reddening of the skin after treatment.  Generally  patients return to work right away and use skin moisturizers post-treatment.

Taking advantage of recent innovations in skin therapy is a smart move. You will be surprised and pleased with the results.

This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | October 19, 2015

Facial Veins Can Be Erased

When people think of vein treatment, they usually think of legs. But at Vein and Skin Laser Center  we treat diseased veins on the face as well as the legs.  Do you see any small red lines on your face?  That could be a broken vein that can be treated easily and quickly.

vein model eyes closed sky background

Diseased veins comes in all sizes and shapes. Smaller veins and spider veins are mostly treated using sclerotherapy.  The smaller the vein the more difficult it is to treat with sclerotherapy;  in those cases we depend on skin lasers for effective treatment.

How does a laser work?  Laser energy works by heating the blood in the small veins and causing the vein wall to degenerate and disappear.  You can actually see the vein disappear at the time of treatment.  That is usually an exciting thing for our patients to witness.

The NdYag laser is highly effective at treating smaller spider veins on both the face and legs.  In fact it’s the method of choice for facial veins because of  its high effectiveness.  Facial  veins are under low pressure and respond better to  heat  treatment delivered by  lasers.

Immediate gratification is not always possible in the medical arena. That’s why it is so gratifying when it does occur. Treating facial veins is one of those times .    Add to the experience the fact that  there is minimal pain associated with the treatment,  it makes for a happy patient…and surgeon!

This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | October 19, 2015


An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.


Can you see the stars in our eyes?!


This month the good doctor, my David, and I celebrated 50 years of marriage!! Wow, that’s a big thing! Being married to my best friend for 50 years.   I just recently saw a quote that I loved:

Friendship isn’t a big thing, it’s a million little things. 

That goes for marriage too! This quote reminded me of something I read recently;  Brennan Manning, in his recent book The Furious Longing of God, quotes Hans Urs Von Balthasar:

Blessed are the poor in spirit…Willing and easy to direct. Like little puppies they do not take their eyes from their master’s hand to see if perhaps he may throw them a little morsel from his plate.     So carefully…follow my promptings…listen…interpret…the poor are satisfied with little gifts.

People sometimes laugh at me when I get so excited about something that to them is minor, and when they do, I have wondered if I’m being trivial in that moment.   But, NO, I’m realizing that I’m blessed to be thankful, excited or joyful about even little things.

Little things and some BIG things I love and get excited and joyful over:





A place to celebrate our 50th with friends and familyIMG_0858

And many more: the gift of music, getting to read a good book, an unexpected phone call from one of my kids.   And what about when something you were worried about somehow WORKS OUT!?   All of these little things that have made up these 50 years are so much better when shared with David.   Love and thanks to Dr Fern for making many of them possible!

In closing, before you get the recipe, I want to give one of my favorite quotes about marriage. It’s inevitable that stress, schedules, sickness,  bills, and LIFE will cause disagreements and disappointments, but what do you do after the disappointment? That’s where the quote comes in:

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person!

Hilton Head me and David relaxing

German Chocolate Cake


Recently a friend shared how to doctor (no pun intended!) a cake mix so it tastes homemade!   I tried it instead of making my German Chocolate Cake from scratch and it was a success!


Cake Ingredients

One German Chocolate Cake Mix

3 eggs

1/3 cup melted butter

1-1/4 cup buttermilk



Mix all together and beat on low 30 seconds.

Increase speed of mixer to medium high and beat for two minutes,

Turn into greased and floured cake pans (2 or 3, whichever you prefer).

Bake as directed on cake box.


Icing Ingredients

1 cup evaporated milk

1 cup sugar

3 egg yolks

1 stick butter (8 TBLSP)

1 tsp vanilla

1-1/4 cup coconut

1 cup chopped pecans

Combine milk, sugar and butter in heavy saucepan and cook over medium heat until thickened (about 12 minutes), stirring frequently. Meanwhile, separate eggs, putting yolks in a small bowl. Beat with a fork. When cooked mixture starts to thicken, gradually add part of the hot mixture to the egg yolks, beating all the while. Add as much as your little bowl will hold and mix. Then put back into the saucepan and cook for a minute or two. Add coconut, pecans and vanilla. Let it cool til thick enough to use in between each layer.   It’s OK if this goodness oozes out and spills over!can’t you taste it?!IMG_0987

This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | October 7, 2015