What are varicose, spider and reticular veins?
Varicose veins are the twisted, bulging veins that appear like blue or dark purple cords on the legs. Spider veins, a common variant of varicose veins, are dilated capillaries on the skin that resemble spider legs. Reticular veins are less common and only about 2 mm in diameter; like spider veins, reticular veins do not protrude above the skin, but they can appear in clusters on the thighs, legs, ankles and face.
For patients looking to reduce the appearance of these veins—whether for cosmetic reasons or to quell pain and discomfort—sclerotherapy is a safe, effective treatment with minimal post-procedure downtime.
What is vein treatment?
Once a complicated surgical procedure involving long incisions and vein removal, leg vein treatments are now achieved through sclerotherapy, a minimally invasive procedure that addresses varicose, spider, and reticular veins.
What is Dr. Emer’s approach to vein treatment?
Using a polarized, infrared light, Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Emer inspects the veins through the skin so that he can target specific veins without disrupting the surrounding skin. He then injects a salt solution directly into each vein, causing them to collapse and ultimately disappear.
To enhance the results of the procedure and ensure long-term improvement, Dr. Emer will often complement sclerotherapy with the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial and various laser treatments, such as Excel V, a dual-wavelength, long-pulsed YAG laser that treats both superficial and deep vascular conditions on all skin types.
What are the benefits of vein treatment?
- Greater comfort in showing off one’s body
- Reduction in the appearance of embarrassing veins
- A more diverse wardrobe is finally possible
- More confidence and self-esteem
- Relief from discomfort and pain
- No more need for compression garments
- Reduced swelling in the legs
- Increased mobility and energy
- Improvement in circulation
- Little to no downtime
- Long lasting results
Who is a good candidate for vein treatment with Dr. Emer in West Hollywood?
If you suffer from spider veins/telangiectasias, veins on the face or legs, angiomas, port wine stains, venous lakes, poikiloderma or rosacea, laser vein therapy could be instrumental in helping you to regain your confidence and quality of life.
Dr. Emer will meet with you in Beverly Hills for your initial private consultation and will examine your veins, creating a customized approach unique to your needs. You will receive an outline of your treatment plan that details all the benefits and risks, costs, downtime and what you can expect from your results.
Who is not a good candidate for vein treatment?
- Pregnant women
- Those with skin cancer
- Those taking blood thinners or Accutane
- Those taking photosensitizing drugs
- Patients with herpes, diabetes or vitiligo
- Patients with tattoos in the target treatment area
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