Advanced Treatment for Varicose Veins and Skin Redness

Do visible veins and skin redness make you embarrassed to show your legs? Many women and men are bothered by red skin and unsightly veins that appear on their thighs, calves, and ankles.

Often caused by heredity, prolonged standing and sitting, hormonal changes, or other factors, most people don’t develop them until after age thirty, and many people find that these symptoms become more noticeable over time.

At Reflections we have the most advanced laser therapies available to make you want to show off your legs again!

Varicose veins, which are larger, darker in color and usually bulging, are distended veins beneath the skin. They often cause discomfort and may require surgery. Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are tiny visible blood vessels just beneath the surface of the skin that may appear red, purple, or blue.

With the advent of laser therapy for unsightly veins and skin redness, treatment options are better than ever before. At Reflections we offer the most advanced vascular lasers in the world. With laser treatment there is no down time, and the use of compression stockings following your procedure is not necessary.

Leg vein treatments

The Vbeam Perfecta laser delivers an intense but gentle burst of light, which is absorbed by undesirable blood vessels on the surface of the skin, causing spider veins to fade away. Introduced in the 1980s, the Vbeam is one of the safest and most widely used lasers in aesthetic medicine today.

Another advanced laser treatment for leg veins is the GentleYAG, a revolutionary high energy laser. The GentleYAG emits a controlled beam of light that harmlessly passes through the skin where it is absorbed by hemoglobin in the blood vessels. The laser energy is transformed into heat, affecting the unwanted blood vessels while leaving the surrounding skin unaffected.

Sclerotherapy treatment

Sclerotherapy involves injections of a specialized agent to collapse the veins so that they fade away. It normally takes multiple treatments spaced four to six weeks apart to achieve the goal. A typical sclerotherapy session takes about thirty minutes and involves a series of 20 to 40 injections into the unwanted veins. Additional treatments may be required in the future, as new veins commonly appear.

The physicians at Reflections work with well known vascular surgeons who are experts in sclerotherapy, and we’re always happy to offer a referral to a physician in your area.

One of the potential drawbacks to sclerotherapy is the development of long lasting brown discoloration on the skin after the injections. Another possible complication is “matting” in which a group of tiny red blood vessels develop around the treatment area.

Frequently asked questions

What are the risk factors for varicose or spider veins?

  • Increasing age
  • Having family members with vein problems
  • Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, or from birth control pills
  • Increased amount of blood and pressure of the expanding uterus during pregnancy
  • Obesity, leg injury, prolonged standing, and other things that weaken vein valves

Why do varicose veins and spider veins appear?

The force of gravity, the pressure of body weight, and the tough task of carrying blood from the legs to the heart are all responsible.

What are the signs of varicose veins?

  • Aching pain
  • Easily tired legs
  • Leg heaviness
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Darkening of the skin (in severe cases)
  • Numbness in the legs
  • Itching or irritated rash in the legs

How can I prevent varicose and spider veins?

  • Exercise regularly to improve your leg strength and circulation
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Do not cross your legs when sitting
  • Elevate your legs when resting as much as possible
  • Do not stand or sit for long periods of time
  • Wear elastic support stockings and avoid tight clothing around the waist or legs
  • Eat a low-salt, high-fiber diet

What is the difference between spider and varicose veins?

Spider veins, also called telangiectasias, are tiny visible vessels just underneath the skin. They develop most commonly on the face and legs. Varicose veins are distended veins beneath the skin. They may appear as bluish bumps and often cause discomfort. Those with unsightly varicose veins and aching pain often choose to visit a vascular specialist for surgery or endovenus therapy to remove them. If you have both varicose and spider veins, your varicose veins must be treated first. Treating spider veins first is not recommended because, in the presence of varicose veins, they are bound to return.

Be transformed — inside and out!

With Reflections approach to treating unsightly leg veins, you will get a boost in confidence when it’s time to show your legs! Allow us to customize a treatment plan that’s perfect for you.

Medical Director at Reflections Center

Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.