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By Vein Specialties
January 21, 2016
Category: Veins
Tags: Varicose Veins  

What Can I Do about My Varicose Veins? Current treatment options for varicose veins

You’ve noticed the veins in your legs are much more prominent than before. They are enlarged and bulging and sometimes painful. You stand a lot at your job and you’re wondering if that might be why your legs don’t look like they used to. You may have varicose veins, but varicose veinsthat doesn’t mean you need to be stuck with them. There are modern treatment options available, and the professionals at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO are just the people who can help.

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins--commonly in your feet and legs--caused by the pressure on veins from constant standing or walking. You might not feel any symptoms at all, and varicose veins are just a common cosmetic problem for you; however, varicose veins can also be painful, causing a persistent throbbing ache.

How Can You Treat Varicose Veins?

There are some things you can do to prevent or lessen the effects of varicose veins, including:

  • Manage your weight to minimize pressure on your legs and leg veins
  • Follow a low salt diet to prevent water retention and swelling in your legs
  • Walk frequently to stimulate blood circulation in your legs
  • Wear low-heeled shoes and loose clothes
  • Don’t sit with your legs crossed
  • Move around every 30 minutes, and don’t sit or stand for long periods
  • Elevate your legs frequently

You should see the St. Louis doctors at Vein Specialties if you continue to have problems. Your doctor can suggest additional treatments including:

  • Laser treatments - to seal varicose veins
  • Microphlebotomy - to remove large surface veins
  • Diode laser treatments - the treatment of choice for vein ablation

Don't let varicose veins interrupt your life. Whether they are a cosmetic issue or causing painful symptoms, there is help. Explore the Vein Specialties website for more information on available treatments for varicose veins. You owe it to yourself to see a specialist, so call the professionals at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO. Don’t wait, call today and get rid of the pain of varicose veins!

By Vein Specialties
November 30, 2015
Category: Veins
Tags: spider veins  

Even if you're not a medical professional, if you've developed thin, winding areas of discoloration on your legs, you probably recognize them as spider veins. This common cosmetic issue is seen daily at Vein Specialties in St. Louis. We've compiled information about spider veins and their treatment here. spider veins

What are spider veins?

When tiny blood vessels called capillaries, which are near the surface of the skin, become enlarged, the result is a cluster of thin blue, purple, or red-colored lines that resemble a spider's web. This is most likely to happen on the legs, particularly behind the knees. Although they are not typically dangerous to your health, many people don't like the way they look, which is why they choose to visist Vein Specialties in St. Louis for spider vein treatment. At this point, one of our medical staff members will assess your condition and suggest one of two treatment options: sclerotherapy or topical laser treatment.

What is sclerotherapy?

Using a tiny needle, one of our certified medical staff members will target the spider veins with a sclerosing solution, which acts as an irritant to the vein and causes it to shrink and gradually disappear. This is an FDA approved method of spider vein treatment, and our St. Louis medical staff is well-trained in administering it. After the treatment, your legs may be wrapped in compression tape. It can take over a month before the final results are visible. At that point, you and your St. Louis vein specialist will determine if you need another treatment.

What is a topical laser treatment?

Laser therapy at Vein Specialties in St. Louis involves targeting the spider veins using a laser that is programmed to focus on the coloration of the veins rather than the lighter-colored skin around it. The heat from the laser effectively destroys the veins, causing them to collapse in the same way as sclerotherapy. Your vein specialist in St. Louis usually recommends laser treatment for those who have mild spider veins; people with more advanced cases may respond better to sclerotherapy.

If you have spider veins and are ready to change your appearance for the better, contact Vein Specialties in St. Louis and set up a consultation today!

By Vein Specialties
September 11, 2015
Category: Veins

Deep Vein ThrombosisThe words “life threatening” can raise alarm in even the most stoic of people. Knowing the signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis, a potentially fatal condition, could save your life one day. If you are over 40 and are at risk for deep vein thrombosis. Dr. Norman Bein at Vein Specialities in St. Louis, Mo. wants to help.

What is deep vein thrombosis? 
Deep vein thrombosis is a condition where a blood clot, or thrombosis, forms deep within a vein, usually in the leg. What makes this condition life threatening, however, is when those clots break free and travel through the vein. When this happens, the clot could become lodged, causing the blood flow to slow to a stop.

How do I know if I am at risk? 
Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include pain, swelling and redness around the area of the clot, usually in the calf. A severe ache in that area is also common. The skin around the clot area may also feel warmer than the skin around it. There are many factors that play into making a person more susceptible to deep vein thrombosis. The most common risk factors include:

  • obesity
  • family history of blood clots or deep vein thrombosis
  • smoking, whether currently or formerly
  • changes in hormones, for example, due to pregnancy
  • injury to a deep vein due to trauma or surgery
  • history of stroke or heart attack

Risk increases with age. Being immobile for long periods of time also puts a person at risk.

What can I do to prevent deep vein thrombosis?
Educating yourself in identifying the signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis early could save your life. Lifestyle changes such as weight loss in obese patients or exercising more often also help to decrease risk. Early diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis has proven to be the difference between life and death, and is a relatively simple measure to take.

Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO provides free screenings under the supervision of Dr. Norman N. Bein, MD FACS. If you are over 40 with symptoms or history of venous disease, call (314) 993-8233 to schedule an appointment for a screening today.

By Vein Specialties
June 30, 2015
Category: Veins
Tags: Cutera Laser  

Find out how this simple laser treatment could help revive your skin’s appearance in St. Louis

Want to find out how your St. Louis vein specialist Dr. Norman N. Bein can help give you more radiant, attractive skin that you won’t feel embarrassed about revealing this summer? Learn more about the Cutera system, and how it can help you get the beach ready skin you Cutera Laserwant.

What is a Cutera laser?

The Cutera Coolglide® IPL laser system helps your St. Louis vein specialist to treat unsightly spider veins. While some lasers are more effective for certain skin types over others, the Cutera laser works with all skin types from light to dark, including tanned patients. Aside from treating spider veins, this laser can also remove unwanted hair, reduce the appearance of large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and even stimulate the production of collagen to increase skin elasticity and rejuvenation.

What areas of the body can be treated with a Cutera laser?

This precise laser makes it easy for your St. Louis vein specialist to provide ultimate skin rejuvenation by targeting even the smallest spider veins anywhere on your body, including the face, chest, nose and feet.

Are Cutera laser treatments painful?

When the handheld laser is directed at the skin you may experience some slight stinging or pinching, but the gel applied to the skin beforehand will help to cool the skin during your session. This treatment can easily be performed without anesthesia or pain medications.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

The number of sessions you require will depend on the reason for your treatment and the severity of your condition. Your St. Louis vein specialist would be happy to sit down with you to discuss how many treatment sessions you will need to get the results you are looking for. While everyone is different the average patient has anywhere from four to six sessions.

Are there any side effects?

Some people will experience stinging, redness and swelling of the treated area but side effects are usually minimal.

Looking to rejuvenate your skin, remove unwanted hair or hide spider veins? If so, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with your St. Louis skin rejuvenation specialist at Vein Specialties.

By Vein Specialties
May 04, 2015
Category: Veins
Tags: Microdermabrasion  

Find out how skin rejuvenation in St. Louis could give you the look you want.

Looking to make some of those skin flaws go away? Ready to rejuvenate your appearance before summer? Consider how you can microdermabrasionrejuvenate your skin in St. Louis with this one simple cosmetic procedure.

What is microdermabrasion?

This cosmetic procedure requires the use of a special sanding device that contains small crystals, which glide over your skin to remove the outermost layer of the dermis. This layer is usually the most damaged due to sun damage and exposure to toxins and other elements.

What skin conditions does microdermabrasion improve?

If you are suffering from hyperpigmentation, acne scars, pox marks, superficial scar, sunspots, clogged pores, moles and wrinkles, then microdermabrasion can reduce the appearance of the common issues.

What are the benefits of getting microdermabrasion in St. Louis?

Since microdermabrasion is only a minor treatment you don’t have to deal with any recovery time after your procedure. You can return to all of your daily activities immediately after. Plus, you won’t need anesthesia so you won’t have to deal with any side effects.

Furthermore, if you are looking to improve the appearance of skin on the chest, hands or neck then the best results will be from microdermabrasion versus other treatments like chemical peels.

What is the microdermabrasion procedure like?

Before your procedure, Dr. Bein will clean your skin to get rid of any oil and dirt. Then we will gently glide the abrasive sanding tool over your skin to buff out problem areas and to boast a healthy glow. Since this treatment is less invasive than dermabrasion, a numbing solution won’t need to be applied to the skin prior to your treatment.

Is microdermabrasion a good option for me?

Since microdermabrasion is good for all skin types many people can benefit from this cosmetic treatment. If you are suffering from one of the skin conditions listed above and you are looking to give your skin a makeover then microdermabrasion in St. Louis can help you achieve better-looking skin.

However, microdermabrasion won’t be helpful against deep scars and wrinkles, as well as stretch marks. If you are looking to treat these issues then it’s time to talk to your St. Louis vein specialist about better treatment options.

If you are ready for a full skin rejuvenation in St. Louis then it’s time to schedule a microdermabrasion treatment with Dr. Norman N. Bein at Vein Specialties LLC.