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By Vein Specialities
July 18, 2017
Category: Healthy Skin
Tags: Tattoo Removal  

Thinking about getting rid of your tattoo? Find out how we could help you.tattoo removal

While tattoos can be a great self-expression for many, there are other people who regret their decision to get a tattoo. Sometimes they just simply grew out of the design or they don’t think the tattoo represents them anymore. If this sounds like you then you may be wondering how our St. Louis, MO, vein specialist, Dr. Norman Bein, may be able to help you eliminate your unwanted body art.

Our St. Louis surgeon isn’t new to tattoo removal. In fact, we’ve been helping countless patients remove their tattoos for about nine years. Of course, we are always looking for faster, easier and painless laser tattoo removal options for our patients. This is why we are proud to offer the Cutera laser, which provides fast and effective tattoo removal results.

In the past it was often hard or nearly impossible to remove pigmented tattoos. Perhaps you’ve talked to other specialists in the past about having your tattoo removed through laser therapy but found out that it wouldn’t be as effective with colored ink as it would with black ink.

This can be a rather frustrating discovery, but thanks to our Cutera laser, we are now able to tackle a variety of tattoos of all different colors. Since different ink colors create different sized particles under the skin we need a laser system that will create different wavelengths for which to remove as many of these different sized molecules as possible. This is exactly how the Cutera laser works.

You’ve probably also heard that not all laser treatments work as well with different skin types. This is also not an issue with the Cutera system. We can treat all skin types safely and effectively to get rid of your unwanted tattoo easily.

Plus, this powerful system ensures that you don’t have to come in for as many treatment sessions as you would with other laser tattoo removal systems. Being able to provide the treatment our patients want more efficiently is what we are all about. Removing a tattoo shouldn’t be difficult. Cutera makes it simple.

If you want to learn more about Clean Slate Tattoo Removal in St. Louis, MO, and whether it’s the right way to remove your tattoo then give Vein Specialties a call today at (314) 993-8233 to schedule an appointment.

By Vein Specialities
May 24, 2017
Category: Dermatology

Are you at risk for developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT)? St. Louis, MO, vein specialist Dr. Norman Bein of Vein Specialties shares deep vein thrombosissome information on this dangerous condition and discusses treatment options.

What are DVTs?

A DVT occurs when you develop a blood clot in one of your body's deep veins. The clots are more common in the leg, but can also form in the arm. DVTs may cause a potentially life-threatening problem if they break free of the vein and travel to your lungs. When a clot stops blood from entering the lungs, death can occur. DVTs can be very damaging even if they remain in your leg or arm. Damage to the vein's valves may result in chronic pain and swelling in your arm or leg.

Who is at risk of developing a DVT?

You may be more likely to develop the condition if you:

  • Are 40 or older
  • Recently had surgery on your legs or hips
  • Experienced a lower body injury
  • Have a family history of DVTs or other vein diseases, such as varicose veins
  • Smoke or have smoked in the past
  • Are pregnant
  • Use hormone-based birth control or take hormone replacement medication
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Haven't moved for long periods of time, such as when flying

What are the symptoms of DVT?

Many people experience no DVT symptoms and are only aware that they have a problem if the clot breaks free and travels to the lungs. If you do develop symptoms, you many notice pain in your arm or leg, swelling and reddened skin. Your vein may feel very firm or thick when you touch it. If you notice any of these symptoms, please call our St. Louis office immediately.

If the clot travels to your lungs, it becomes a pulmonary embolism. You may experience chest pain, coughing and shortness of breath if this happens. You may also feel nauseated and might vomit blood. Pulmonary embolisms are life-threatening emergencies. Go to the emergency room immediately if you experience these symptoms.

What is the treatment for a DVT?

Medications called anticoagulants are used to break up the clot. Medication therapy is very effective in most cases, but some people may need surgery.

Are you concerned about a possible deep vein thrombosis or another vein issues? Call St. Louis, MO, vein specialist Dr. Norman Bein of Vein Specialties at (314) 993-8233 to schedule an appointment.

By Vein Specialities
March 20, 2017
Category: Healthy Skin
Tags: spider veins  

Would you like to get rid of your unattractive spider veins? Dr. Norman Bein, a general, vascular and thoracic surgeon at Vein Specialties spider veinsin St. Louis, MO, shares some information about the veins and discusses spider vein treatment options.

Why do I have spider veins?

Spider veins can develop due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • Injuries
  • Hormone level changes
  • Exposure to the sun
  • Standing for hours every day
  • Aging
  • A family history of the veins

Spider veins develop when increased pressure in the veins cause them to dilate or widen. When that happens, the blue or red veins will be very noticeable just under your skin.

What can I do about spider veins?

Spider veins aren't usually harmful to your health but they can be unsightly. If you want to get rid of your spider veins before summer weather hits the St. Louis area, now is the time to consider treatment options.

Sclerotherapy, a popular treatment option, is every effective in eliminating the veins. During sclerotherapy, sodium tetradecyl sulphate is injected into your spider veins. The treatment gets rid of the veins by causing scarring that prevents blood from flowing through them. The blood that would normally travel through the spider veins is rerouted to nearby veins.

It usually takes three or more treatments to treat a spider vein, but once the vein stops carrying blood, it will no longer be noticeable. Sclerotherapy treatment usually isn't painful, although you might notice a little itching or swelling afterward. If the spider veins are in your leg, wearing compression stockings for 72 hours improves the effectiveness of the treatment because it prevents the sodium solution from flowing out of your veins.

Laser treatment is also a good option for spider veins, particularly those that form in the face. During laser therapy, a beam of light is aimed at your veins, damaging the walls. You may feel a little stinging or warming sensation when the laser penetrates your skin, but your skin will be cooled before and after treatment to minimize discomfort. After treatment, mild bruising, itching and swelling may occur.

Don't let spider veins detract from your appearance. Call Dr. Bein at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO, at (314) 993-8233 to schedule an appointment to discuss spider vein treatment options.

By Vein Specialities
January 13, 2017
Category: Dermatology

Having varicose veins can be uncomfortable; many people find them unsightly, so they wear clothes to keep them covered even in hot Varicose Veinsweather. Other people experience pain within the veins, which makes enjoying normal activities difficult. At Vein Specialties in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Norman Bein and his staff want to help people reduce their discomfort and improve their appearance with skin rejuvenation treatments specifically designed to eliminate varicose and spider veins. Many patients have questions about these treatments, so we've answered a few of them here.

What are varicose veins?

When blood vessels close to the surface of the skin become enlarged, they are known as varicose veins. They can be blue, purple or red in color; the larger veins can be "ropey" and "puffy" and the smaller capillaries appear as tiny web-like strands known as spider veins. Some varicose veins can be painful, especially after long periods of sitting. Your St. Louis vein specialist can typically diagnose varicose veins through a quick ultrasound examination and discussion of your medical history.

Will varicose veins go away on their own?

Women often develop varicose veins during pregnancy due to hormones; many times, these veins recede after birth. However, most people have a genetic predisposition to varicose veins, meaning that if your parents or another close relative dealt with them, your own chances of having them are fairly high. Unfortunately, there's not much you can do to prevent varicose veins, and they typically worsen with age.

How can my varicose veins be treated?

There are several ways our St. Louis vein specialists can treat your varicose veins. Laser treatments or minimally invasive surgical procedures are performed in-office, and insurance covers painful varicose vein treatments. Recovery times short and the results more quickly apparent. All the treatments available are aimed at collapsing the varicose veins, which will then cause the body to absorb them. The discoloration and discomfort associated with the veins will be minimized or eliminated, giving your skin a more youthful appearance.

If you're tired of dealing with varicose veins, we here at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, Missouri, can help you! Contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment today!

By Vein Specialities
November 29, 2016
Category: Aesthetic
Tags: Varicose Veins  

Do you have unsightly varicose veins? Find out how they could be eliminated.

Varicose veins: this unsightly little issue may not be serious to your health but it can make you embarrassed to wear shorts or skirts during the warmer months. Varicose veins is an inherited condition. While anyone can get varicose veins, these visibly enlarged veins tend to affect women more. If you have varicose veins that you desperately want to get rid of, our St. Louis, MO vein specialist, Dr. Norman Bein has answers on how to treat this cosmetic issue.

What can cause varicose veins?

There are many things that can be responsible for the development of varicose veins including:

  • Obesity
  • Hormonal fluctuations (e.g. pregnancy; menopause, taking birth control pills)
  • Occupations that require you to stand for long periods of time
  • Heredity
  • A personal history of blood clots
  • Trauma to the skin

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Those with varicose veins are also more likely to experience cramping, pain, restlessness, burning, tingling or even heaviness in their legs. Those with varicose veins may find that their symptoms actually get better when elevating their feet or when wearing compression stockings.

What are some ways to treat varicose veins?

Firstly, an evaluation by a board-certified surgeon, vascular trained like Dr. Norman Bein is important. This will include an ultrasound examination. We also have a Vascular Technologist that performs their own exams at the same time as your visit.  If there are symptoms such as heaviness, aching, pain, cramping, skin discoloration and restlessness we will recommend a trial of conservative treatment including compression hose, exercise, elevating legs, or taking an anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Aleve. 

Compression stockings: You can find these medical stockings at your local pharmacy in many different styles and they can help to reduce some of your pain and discomfort.

Changes to your lifestyle: If obesity is causing your varicose veins, you can manage your symptoms by dedicating time and energy to exercise, eating healthier and losing weight to maintain a healthier weight.

The length of time varies from insurance plans.  All the treatment options will be discussed but they are all done in the office under local anesthetic.  Walk in, walk out.  Recovery time is short and most people are out and about the next day.  If we have found an underlying reflux (backflow) in a saphenous vein, this is sealed from the inside using a laser.  The actual varicose veins are removed through tiny punctures, no stitches needed.  After healing, there will be little or no marks and you are ready to show off your legs.

If you want to finally say goodbye to varicose veins then it’s time you scheduled a consultation with Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO. Revel in the freedom of being able to confidently wear shorts and bathing suits again!





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