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.
Thinking about getting rid of your tattoo? Find out how we could help you.
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.
Are you at risk for developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT)? St. Louis, MO, vein specialist Dr. Norman Bein of Vein Specialties shares some 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.
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