Varicose veins are large, bulging veins that can be blue, red, or flesh colored. They are caused by damaged veins, backup of blood, hormone changes, exposure to the sun, injuries, or genetics. Many people, particularly women, begin to suffer from varicose veins later in life. About 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men in the United States suffer from some type of vein problem. Varicose veins affect half of people 50 years and older. How can you prevent varicose veins? Not all varicose and spider veins can be prevented—often they are the result of genetics. There are a few things you can do to reduce your chances of getting new varicose and spider veins and minimize discomfort from existing veins: Exercise and avoid sitting or standing for too long. Moving around decreases pressure on the veins and improves circulation. If you spend all day sitting at a desk, try moving your feet, bending your knees, or stretching your ankles to get the blood flowing. Eat well. Weight gain and [...]
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that treats varicose veins and spider veins. It involves injecting chemicals into damaged veins. The veins then collapse, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades. In addition to diminishing the appearance of varicose or spider veins, sclerotherapy can also reduce pain or side effects caused by damaged veins. Sclerotherapy can be used to treat varicose and spider veins in the following areas: thighs calves ankles feet face (frequently the sides of the nose) Sclerotherapy can improve related symptoms such as: Aching Swelling Burning Night cramps Depending on the severity and number of veins being treated, the procedure can take 15 minutes to an hour. Other procedures to treat varicose veins include surgical removal of the offending vein, fiberoptic-transmitted laser light and, for very small vessels, intense pulsed-light exposure are also effective. Most doctors recommend trying compression stockings before exploring Sclerotherapy. Sometimes this alone can mitigate varicose veins. Smaller varicose veins and spider veins [...]
For African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Hispanic-Americans, finding the best laser treatments for laser hair removal and skin resurfacing can be a frustrating challenge. Since many laser devices are designed to target dark pigment on lighter skin, clients with ethnic skin may not see as optimal results. The experience is certainly a disappointing one – especially considering it’s 2017! Fortunately, a new range of laser technologies have made it possible for clients with ethnic skin to enjoy better results – and they’re now available at Laser Skin Care Center in Long Beach, CA. Whether you’re looking for laser hair removal or laser skin resurfacing, take a look at the laser treatments that are ideal for ethnic skin: Clear + Brilliant: Clear + Brilliant laser treatments is commonly known as “lunchtime laser resurfacing”, as its effective without requiring significant downtime. The Clear and Brilliant laser targets and heats darker pigments in the skin which caused the breakdown of red and brown spots. Other benefits to this laser procedure includes the appearance of smaller pores and improvement in skins elasticity. You’ll need a [...]
Whether you have hyperpigmentation as a result of sun damage or are predisposed to brown spots due to genetics (thanks, parents!), the end result is still the same: your uneven skin tone is preventing you from feeling 100% confident. Topical treatments aren’t exactly helping; in fact, you’ve been applying creams for weeks and haven’t seen any results. If you’re looking for the best treatments for hyperpigmentation, brown spots, and sun damage, then it’s time to discover the skin-transforming treatment menu at Laser Skin Care Center in Long Beach, CA. Take a look at all the ways we can improve your skin tone! Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments uses carefully controlled pulses of light to break down darker pigments in the top layers of the dermis. At the same time, these light waves heat the sub-dermis layers to encourage faster cellular turnover. The IPL procedure is ideal for treating red and brown spots, as well as improving collagen production. Most patients will need three to five treatments to see best results. Clear + Brilliant: The Clear [...]
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