Tell-All Hands

The last place you’d consider turning your anti-aging efforts towards is probably one of the first places you should start.

“The hands give away your age more than anything else, so it’s very important to rejuvenate the hands so that they match the rest of the body.” –Dr. Whitney Bowe

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Say goodbye to spider veins this summer!

Varicose veins, which are swollen veins that have become twisted and enlarged and where faulty valves have caused blood to pool, are an unsightly problem for many people. In most cases they do not appear until a person is over 30 but prevention efforts in one’s twenties can help. Although susceptibility to developing varicose veins is hereditary, blood flow restriction in the legs causes them to appear so get up and move around as much as possible in your twenties to reduce their severity in your thirties. When you sit or stand for a long period of time the blood in your legs may start to pool and increase the pressure in your veins

Varicose veins most often appear in women, those who are overweight, and those with a family history of having them. Called spider veins when they’re smaller, varicose veins are usually harmless and pose no major health risk. They may however be a major problem to those who have them and are embarrassed to show their legs. There are various treatments available to diminish varicose veins and get you feeling confident to bare your legs again.

Before After

Sclerotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment option where a liquid chemical is used to close off a vein and consequently make it fade away. The treatment scars the inside of the veins so that they are no longer able to fill with blood and your body will then absorb them. Sclerotherapy may require several treatments and each treatment lasts about 15 minutes. Laser light therapy is a non-invasive way to make smaller varicose veins collapse or dissolve. The heat from the lasers will ultimately cause the veins to dissolve or collapse depending on the laser, and your body will absorb the collapsed vessel.

More invasive surgical procedures may also be used depending on the severity and size of the individual’s veins. Consult with your dermatologist who can help you determine which treatment would be best for your particular situation. Spider veins aren’t exactly aesthetically pleasing and also aren’t essential to blood transportation. The best thing you can do if you are self-conscious about your spider veins is get them treated and get back to wearing and doing what you want!

Contact Advanced Dermatology today to schedule a consultation for your spider veins. We have 13 conveniently located offices in New York and New Jersey. Our offices are located in and serve the surrounding areas of: Manhattan, Fresh Meadows, Bayside, Ossining, Briarcliff, Park Slope, Commack, East Setauket, Roslyn Heights, and West Islip in New York as well as Summit and Ridgewood in New Jersey. Click here for three ways to book an appointment.

New Treatment Options Put An End to Visible Leg Veins

varicose-veinsFor roughly half of the adult population, showing skin also means showing embarrassing veins—tiny red “spider veins” as well as larger varicose veins—which makes the thought of shorts and short skirts far less appealing. Until fairly recently, having legs with large visible veins meant you had only two major options: sign up for surgery or cover them up. But today you can have all but the biggest varicosities treated with in-office procedures that are nearly painless and can deliver great results—meaning you’ll be showing those legs in no time.

Tips on Today’s Treatment Options

Happily, new advances mean that doctors can treat all but the biggest veins with simple in-office procedures. The first, called sclerotherapy, involves the injection of a solution that irritates the inner surface of the affected vein, causing it to collapse and/or scar over and close. The fluid displaces any blood that’s pooled there and prevents any more blood from collecting; the body simply reroutes the blood to another vessel. Eventually, the defunct vein will dissolve and be absorbed by the body. The second option is laser therapy, in which the doctor aims an extremely strong and precise beam of light at the vein; pulses of this laser energy effectively destroy the vessel, which will eventually disappear. Both of these treatments are very effective on small-to-medium-sized vessels, and can be used in combination to achieve optimal results.

Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Veins of All Sizes

For larger veins there’s the new CoolTouch CTEV laser, which can treat the varicose veins that before now required in-patient surgery, better known as vein stripping. This procedure typically involved general anesthesia, a hospital stay and lengthy recovery. This new laser technique offers almost immediate relief, with minimal to no pain and no down time after the 45 minute to one hour procedure. Most of our patients are able to quickly resume their normal activities.

Plan Ahead!

While some people will see immediate results from sclerotherapy and laser treatments, most will have to wait a few weeks before the veins shrink (and some veins may require more than one treatment). In addition, all of these treatments can occasionally produce bruising. Therefore, they are best performed at least two months before breaking out the shorts. It is advised that people seeking treatment for leg veins talk with their dermatologist to find the best approach for their specific situation.

Have Unsightly Leg Veins? Contact Us Today!

With all the minimally-invasive treatment options available today, you no longer have to tolerate your leg veins. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at treating leg veins and other concerns of the skin, hair and nails. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Park Slope) Westchester County (Ossining, Briarcliff Manor), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.