Your vascular surgery team in St. Louis, Missouri can help with spider veins
Spider veins are a common problem as you get older. Vascular Surgeon Ayaz Malik, MD, FACS and Rachael Brewer, FNP-C at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, Missouri can help get rid of your spider veins for good.
These are a few of the common questions and answers about spider veins and spider vein treatments:
What causes spider veins?
Spider veins can be an inherited issue, as they tend to run in a family. Females get them twice as often as men. Women are also at higher risk of developing spider veins when dealing with hormonal changes, such as during pregnancy, menopause or while taking birth control pills. Sun exposure and obesity can increase your risk of getting spider veins. Also, being on your feet most of the can cause them to appear, so factory workers, nurses, teachers are more at risk of developing spider veins.
How are spider veins different from varicose veins?
Spider veins are thin red lines of abnormally dilated small blood vessels that run up and down your legs or face. These little vessels can twist around into a spider web pattern on your skin. Varicose veins are larger and thicker and are closer to the surface of your skin. Sometimes they appear dark blue and can look like they are bulging. Sometimes they look knotted because they are swollen and twisted. Varicose veins can appear anywhere on the body, but are most commonly found on legs and ankles.
Do spider veins hurt?
Although spider veins aren’t harmful, they can occasionally throb, itch, burn or ache. Sometimes they will cause the tissue around them to become irritated, resulting in discoloration and ulceration. Skin ulcers can appear at joint, like the ankles.
How do doctors treat spider veins?
The caring team at Vein Specialties offers a complimentary consultation for spider vein treatment. The first step in determining the right treatment options is by using 'trans-illumination' which is a light that penetrates the skin as well as ultrasound if needed to determine the cause of your spider veins. Typical treatment options include sclerotherapy or laser therapy.
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of Sodium Tetradecyl Sulphate (Sotradecol) or Polidochanol (Asclera) to reduce the appearance of spider veins. During treatment, your spider veins are injected with a solution that closes up the small veins. Your blood begins to redirect its flow to large, healthy veins, where it is supposed to be to begin with. As the blood flow to spider veins stops, the spider veins diminish and eventually disappear. You should expect about 3 -5 sessions with this treatment, typically a month apart.
For smaller veins, particularly in the face or ankles laser therapy may be used. In some instances, both sclerotherapy laser therapy may be needed.
These are just a few of the commonly asked questions and answers about spider veins and spider vein treatment. For more information about spider veins, varicose veins, and other vascular conditions, call Dr. Ayaz Malik and his team at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, Missouri today at (314) 993-8233. Or visit us online at www.veinspecialties.com.
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.
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