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May 29, 2019
Tags: Tattoo Removal  

How your doctor in St. Louis, Missouri can remove your tattoo safely and effectively

Do you have tattoos you’d be better off without? Do you want your clean, clear skin back? The truth is, tattoos don’t have to be forever.

Do you want to fade and existing tattoo to re-ink?

Now, there are effective ways to get rid of tattoos for good. Vein specialist Dr. Norman Bein at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, Missouri offers Tattoo Removal SleeveClean Slate Tattoo Removal, using the Cutera Enlighten Pico system the easy, effective way to lose those annoying tattoos and get your beautiful skin back.

You may have questions about Clean Slate tattoo removal. These are just a few frequently asked questions about this procedure:

Does Clean Slate tattoo removal hurt?

With multiple different methods for providing a virtually painless experience.

As a medical office, we can keep you very comfortable.

Previous tattoo removal methods were often very painful, but the Clean Slate tattoo removal system is much more comfortable.

Does tattoo removal leave a scar?

No, Clean Slate leaves no scarring, unlike other tattoo removal methods.  We have an after care regime which helps the skin heal completely between treatments.

Is Clean Slate tattoo removal safe?

Yes, laser tattoo removal is considered the safest method to remove unwanted tattoos.

How does Clean Slate Cutera Enlighten Pico laser tattoo removal work?

Lasers work by using short pulses which break up areas of pigment, making it easier for your body to absorb and remove the ink. The quick pulses ensure your skin stays cool and comfortable.  We have 6 combinations of different wavelengths to tackle all colors and all skin types. It does take a series of treatments which varies from person to person.  On average 4-6 but this depends upon each tattoo and how your body removes the ink.

Does Clean Slate work on all tattoos?

Yes, Clean Slate can fully remove just about any tattoo, including professional and homemade tattoos. In the rare case that a tattoo cannot be fully removed, it can be partially removed or lightened.

There is a lot of variability in inks used and the amount of ink each tattoo artist injects into the skin.

To learn more about Clean Slate Tattoo Removal and to view informative videos about tattoo removal, please visit the Video Gallery page on the Vein Specialties website at

To view amazing before-and-after photos of Clean Slate tattoo removal patients, please visit the Before-and-After page on the website at

Don’t get stuck with a tattoo you no longer want. You deserve to look your best, and sometimes that means removing an unwanted tattoo. Find out more about Clean Slate tattoo removal by calling Dr. Norman Bein at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, Missouri today!

May 02, 2019
Tags: spider veins  

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 spider veinsSpecialties 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