I was cheerfully greeted by the receptionist. I had no wait, to speak of, before my procedure began. The nurse prepped me and told me about everything she was doing, and the doctor did the same during the procedure. I left with clear instructions on how to take care of myself, and the doctor called me in the evening to see how I was doing, and to see if I needed anything. I am very pleased with Dr. Schmidt and his staff. – VOLKERT V
Visible leg veins are a common concern for women and men. At one time, this problem was considered an inevitable side-effect of aging. Today, the problem is much better understood, and we have excellent solutions. At North Sound Dermatology Aesthetics, we offer both IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy and injectable treatments. The choice depends largely on the size of the problematic veins, though there are other factors that play a role. We begin with a comprehensive examination by a board-certified dermatologist, who will recommend the best solution for your needs.
Although age is a factor in the development of spider veins, today we understand that there are many other factors involved. Some causes, such as heredity, are inevitable. We will help you understand what caused the problem, and what steps you can take to reduce your risk of recurrence. Some of the most common factors include sitting or standing for extended periods, chronic vein disease, and hormonal changes.
Simple changes such as walking for a few minutes daily, or swapping high heels for flats, can improve vascular health and reduce your risk of future problematic veins. However, these measures will not improve existing spider, reticular, or varicose veins. For that, you will need a minor dermatological procedure.
- IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) – This gentle, highly customizable light treatment is similar to a laser, but the light is filtered to specifically target blood vessels.
- Sclerotherapy – This technique utilizes a specially formulated injectable solution that acts on the blood vessels’ walls.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between spider and varicose veins?
Both of these are malfunctioning veins. They tend to swell and fill with blood, often making them visible through the skin. Generally, spider veins are very small, and branch out on the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are larger, and may visibly bulge.
Will my veins come back after treatment?
Typically, not. IPL or Sclerotherapy cause the vein to seal shut. Over time, the visible effects gradually fade until it is no longer visible. Once this occurs, it will not return, although there is a possibility of new problem veins developing.
Does frequent travel make me more susceptible to spider veins?
Regularly traveling, especially long flights, or uninterrupted car or bus rides, can increase your risk of vein problems. Whenever possible, take frequent breaks and walk for a few minutes. When this is not possible, try to reposition your legs often, and flex and extend your ankles regularly.
Is treatment painful?
IPL is gentle and non-invasive, typically causing no more than a slight sting during treatment. Topical anesthetic can be used to ensure your comfort. Sclerotherapy is similarly comfortable, due to new and advanced sclerosant formulas.
Is there any downtime associated with leg vein treatment?
You will be able to return to most of your regular daily activities promptly after IPL, or sclerotherapy. Depending on your individual needs, and the type of treatment chosen, you may need to follow a few precautions, such as refraining from strenuous activity or avoiding sun exposure in the treatment area for a short time. You will be given detailed after-care instructions at the time of treatment, and we are always available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
North Sound Dermatology Aesthetics has five state of the art offices, located in Mill Creek, Everett, Smokey Point, Monroe, and South Everett. Please call 425-954-2437 to schedule an appointment, or to request more information.
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