If you have varicose or spider veins, you may have wondered what you can do to improve or even eliminate their appearance. Luckily, with help from your vascular surgeon, you can do just that and work toward feeling great about the way you look. Find out more about treating spider and varicose veins with Dr. Norman Bein at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins began as healthy veins but became twisted and enlarged. These veins appear most often on the legs but can occur anywhere on the body. The veins in your legs require elasticity to work against gravity and pump blood to your heart. As you age, varicose veins form as the healthy veins lose their elasticity and the vein starts malfunctioning, causing blood to pool and the vein to enlarge. Varicose veins may cause symptoms like a heaviness in the legs, burning, stinging, itching, cramps, restless leg syndrome, or skin changes.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are tiny blood vessels which develop in clusters just under the skin. Most commonly found on the face and legs, spider veins can range from red to blue or purple in color and resemble a spider web. Heredity can predispose a person to spider veins.
How can a vein specialist help me?
A vein specialist is an expert in the circulatory system and treating diseases and conditions relating to the veins. Your vein specialist can help you minimize the appearance of your spider and varicose veins with various cosmetic techniques. These treatments may include laser techniques, sclerotherapy, or other techniques. Dr. Bein can help you choose the best treatment for your vein issues at a consultation.
Your Vein Treatment Options in St. Louis, MO
Don’t let your unsightly varicose or spider veins affect you any longer. For more information on treating your varicose or spider veins, please contact vein specialist Dr. Normal Being at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO. Call (314) 993-8233 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bein today!
It’s not vain at all to want to get rid of unsightly spider veins, which cause the legs, arms, and face to look much older. Many patients avoid wearing shorts and short sleeves because they’re so embarrassed by how spider veins make their limbs look. This doesn’t have to be you—see vascular surgeon Dr. Norman Bein at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO, to find out about spider vein treatment options.
Spider Veins: Causes
These are typically a cosmetic problem but in some cases, they could be an indication of a deeper problem. Here are some of the possible causes:
- Inherited – typically from a parent or they run in a family.
- Hormonal changes such as pregnancy, birth control pills or hormonal replacement may increase spider veins.
- Underlying pressure from “feeder” veins
Spider Vein Treatment
For the best results from spider vein treatments see Dr. Bein and Maria Bein RN at Vein Specialties for a comprehensive consultation which is complimentary for cosmetic procedures. First, trans-illumination (a skin penetrating light) and ultrasound will diagnose the issue. A treatment called sclerotherapy may be the next step. It requires the injection of Sodium Tetradecyl Sulphate (Sotradecol) or Polidochanol (Asclera) solutions that reduce the appearance of the veins. Expect to visit your doctor for three to five sessions, about once per month. Laser therapy also helps treat small spider veins close to the skin’s surface. Laser therapy is effective for very fine surface veins on fair people but usually combined with some sclerotherapy injections. It is especially effective on blue and fine red facial veins.
Clearer, More Attractive Skin
Spider veins significantly affect the aesthetic appearance of your legs, arms, and ankles, aging them and causing them to look discolored or injured. When they appear on the face, they are much more difficult to hide. Once you have your spider veins treated, there’s no more need for layers of facial concealer. You can get back to showing off your legs on the beach and wearing your favorite shorts and dresses.
See a Vein Specialist
Dr. Norman Bein is a vascular surgeon who understands your desire to have beautiful, smooth, younger-looking skin that’s free from spider veins. Call his St. Louis, MO, office at (314) 993-8233 to schedule an appointment.
Find out how to eliminate this embarrassing and sometimes uncomfortable issue.
Are blue bulging veins the first things you notice when looking at your legs and feet? Do you feel embarrassed by these issues and avoid wearing some of the clothes you love because of it? Do you want to fix this problem before the warmer months kick in? If so, our St. Louis, MO, board-certified vascular surgeon, Dr. Norman Bein, is here to tell you more about varicose veins and how to treat this problem.
What are the causes and risk factors for varicose veins?
It’s fairly common for people to develop varicose veins as they get older. That’s because the veins aren’t as elastic as they used to be, which can cause them to stretch and weaken over time.
Other risk factors include:
- Gender (women are more likely to develop varicose veins)
- Being overweight or obese
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
Most people know if they have varicose veins because they can see the blue and purple veins. While some people will have varicose veins but never experience any symptoms there are others who notice burning, throbbing or aching in the legs or feet because of this issue. The pain may be exacerbated if you sit or stand for long periods of time.
No matter whether you are experiencing symptoms or you are just unhappy with the way your legs or feet look because of varicose veins, our St. Louis vein specialist can provide you with the care you need to reduce symptoms and prevent the problem from getting worse.
How are varicose veins treated?
There are lifestyle modifications you can incorporate into your daily life to reduce and manage your varicose vein symptoms. Lifestyle modifications include losing excess weight, wearing compressions socks or stockings, elevating your legs when sitting, not standing or sitting for long periods of time and wearing loose-fitted clothing.
However, if you want to eliminate your varicose veins then you’ll want to talk to Dr. Bein about different treatment options. Laser treatment is an outpatient procedure that will heat up and destroy the veins painlessly in about one hour. If you are dealing with very large varicose veins then a microphlebectomy, a procedure to remove the vein, can also be very successful. The procedure does not require stitches, as the varicose veins are removed through tiny punctures.
If you want to say goodbye to those gnarled, unsightly veins then it’s time you turned to the Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO, for care. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with us.
Learn more about skin rejuvenation treatments from your vein specialist in St. Louis.
Want flawless skin? Skin rejuvenation treatments are the secret to perfect, blemish-free skin and can help improve the look and feel of your skin. These treatments are less invasive than surgery. Dr. Norman Bein at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO, offers skin rejuvenation treatments to his patients. Read on to learn about five of the most popular skin rejuvenation treatments available.
1. Spider Vein Removal
The CUTERA Coolglide Xeo laser system removes unwanted, unsightly spider veins on many areas of the body. A laser handpiece is passed over your skin and the laser light is absorbed by the blood, causing the blood vessels to coagulate and be absorbed by the body. CUTERA Coolglide laser treatment is a safe, fast, and effective method for removal of spider veins. There is little downtime; however, you will need to protect the areas treated from sun exposure.
2. Sunspot Removal
If you want to watch your sun spots disappear, consider laser therapy. Sun spots, those brown spots and patches that appear on your skin after years of fun in the sun, can be effectively removed with The Astanza Trinity laser device. It is also used to treat freckles, moles, and age spots. No recovery time is necessary, but treatments are typically scheduled several apart to allow time for your skin to heal.
3. IPL Laser Therapy
Intense pulsed light, or IPL, is a treatment that uses light to treat skin problems and rejuvenate the complexion. During the treatment, light pulses are directed over the skin. The light penetrates deep into the dermis where the light energy stimulates cells to produce collagen. Over several treatments, this new collagen softens and smooths the appearance of pores, fine lines, and textural problems. It also treats age spots, freckles, sun damage, rosacea, and spider veins.
Everyone seems to be talking about microdermabrasion. More than a million people will get it done this year. Microdermabrasion treats sun damage, fine lines, stretch marks, light scarring, discoloration, or clogged pores. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that uses an instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the superficial layer of dead skin cells. When you remove the outer layer of skin, the body interprets it as an injury. The lost skin cells are then replaced by newer, healthier ones.
5. Laser Genesis
Want to look younger? Laser Genesis is a cutting-edge skin treatment that make it easier to turn back the clock. Laser Genesis treatments treat wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, sun damage, and large pores; all while improving the skin's texture and tone. It works by gently heating the skin, stimulating collagen growth and shrinking swollen capillaries. The treatment is easy, fast, and extremely effective with no downtime.
If you've ever wondered how some of your favorite Hollywood stars seem to look so perfect all the time – whether they're shopping at the mall or laying on the beach – they likely owe their glowing, ageless skin to skin rejuvenation treatments. Call Vein Specialties at 314-993-8233 now to schedule an appointment in St. Louis, MO. Our skin rejuvenation treatments will make you look and feel younger and more beautiful.
If you’re having a problem with your veins, medical compression may be a solution that will help. It has been proven to help improve several vein conditions, including varicose and spider veins. Patients are rightly concerned about their vein health for both aesthetic and health reasons. Find out more about this treatment which is available from vein specialist Dr. Norman Bein at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO.
What Is Medical Compression?
For some patients, the nerves in the legs and other extremities need stimulation through compression. Medical compression is the use of specialized hosiery or stockings to apply gentle pressure to the legs. It is most often used in patients who have vein circulation problems or unsightly varicose veins. Here are the types of medical compression stockings available at Vein Specialties:
- SIGVARIS (nice to wear in professional environments).
- VenoTrain Sport (for athletes).
- VenoTrain Micro (manages moisture and heat).
How Compression Therapy Helps
If your St. Louis vein specialist decides that you’re a good candidate for medical compression therapy, you’ll be prescribed a pair of stockings that best fits your needs. Wear them while on the job and when sitting for long periods of time (such as on an extended plane or bus trip). Compression stockings are often worn by patients after surgery who have to spend a period of time on bed rest. They will help to stimulate the continuous flow of blood throughout the veins, reduce any pain, provide support, and help improve the appearance of dark-colored veins in the legs over time.
Taking Care of Your Vein Health
It is important to take care of your veins because they are a crucial part of your circulatory system. Here are a few more tips to consider in addition to medical compression:
- Eat a healthy diet full of flavonoid rich-foods (colorful fruits and veggies).
- Take a leisurely walk around your neighborhood daily (or as recommended by your St. Louis vein specialists).
- Consult your doctor for weight loss tips, as obese patients are most at risk for vein issues.
- Get on a smoking cessation plan if you’re a smoker.
See if Medical Compression Is Right for You
Contact Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO to find out if medical compression can help. Call the office at 314-993-8233 today to make time to see Dr. Norman Bein, a board-certified vascular surgeon and one of the area’s premier vein specialists.
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