Spider veins, the clusters of small red or purple veins that form near the surface of the skin, are an often embarrassing but extremely common condition found in millions of women. The most common areas for these veins are on the legs, around the nose and on the cheeks or chin. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins; however, they are smaller in size and generally don't cause any pain, as varicose veins often do. In the modern world of plastic surgery there are solutions for this unsightly but all too common problem.
Causes of Spider Veins
Spider veins are typically seen on the legs and face. They can be "spider-shaped," branch-shaped or appear as thin jagged lines.
The four primary causes of spider veins are:
- Prolonged sitting or standing
- Weight gain
If other women in your family have spider veins, then you it is more likely for you to develop them as well. Changes in a woman's hormones during pregnancy can cause poor blood circulation, resulting in the development of spider veins. Finally, if your job or general lifestyle entails standing up or sitting down for long periods of time, your vein walls can experience increased pressure, leading to spider vein growth.
The first option to treat spider veins is "slerotherapy," a medical procedure used to treat varicose and "spider veins." During sclerotherapy, Dr. Marcus will inject a special solution directly into the affected vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell and stick together. Gradually, over time, the vessel collapses and fades from view. Sclerotherapy is a battle tested, well-proven procedure and is effective on most patients. Some men and women undergoing sclerotherapy treatment may need up to 5 sessions to attain the full results, although most patients are satisfied after 1 - 2 treatments.
Sclerotherapy is virtually painless with no down time involved. However it is recommended to avoid any saunas, hot baths, strenuous activity or exercise for the first 24 hours. Patients are advised to wear special compression stockings for 1-3 weeks, following treatment in addition to lots of walking to assist with blood circulation.
Dr. Marcus is among the top plastic surgeons delivering some of the longest lasting sclerotherapy Los Angeles has to offer. With his precise and skillful touch he has helped thousands of women eliminate embarrassing and unsightly spider veins.
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Laser Vein Treatment
As sclerotherapy works wonders for some patients, it does not achieve the desired results with everyone. Some veins are just too small to inject and would therefore greatly benefit from laser vein removal. Laser vein removal is a technologically advanced procedure designed to shrink and diminish spider veins using a highly concentrated beam of light energy.
Dr. Marcus and his staff use nothing less than the state-of-the-art Lumenis Nd-YAG Laser, which treats not only the small and superficial red vessels but also the deeper blue veins. The longer wavelength of the Lumenis Laser easily passes through the melanin barrier of the epidermis avoiding any damage to pigmentation, which means that it can be used to successfully treat any skin type at any time of year.
Laser vein treatment is administered with minimal discomfort to the patient requiring no downtime or compression wrapping, and is effective yet gentle enough to treat the delicate facial area. Most patients can resume their routine activities shortly after the procedure, and side effects are rare. Dr. Marcus recommends a series of three treatments performed approximately 6-8 weeks apart to achieve ideal results. Laser spider vein removal is highly popular option for many patients as it is minimally invasive, virtually pain free, and requires no general anesthesia.
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