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Spider Vein Treatment: Test Your Beauty IQ

You’re young. You’re fit. You have beautiful skin. Are you at risk for spider veins? Read on as we tackle the myths and the facts in the name of great legs everywhere…
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1. Only old people have spider veins.

False! It’s actually pretty common for younger women in their 20s and 30s to get spider veins. While aging is one of the risk factors for these pesky little skin discolorations, they can also be a result of pregnancy, sun damage, being overweight, your genes, medication and extended time on your feet.

2. You’re at less risk for spider veins if you exercise regularly.

False! The truth is, whether it’s the result of medication or lifting weights, anything that puts pressure on your veins can cause them to enlarge and become visible as spider veins.

3. Spider veins do not pose any health risks.

True! As luck would have it, spider veins may not be the most aesthetically appealing, but in general, there are no related health risks. That said, if you were to have multiple spider veins pop up on your stomach or arms, a doctor should be consulted to rule out certain rare genetic conditions.

Treatment 101

If you discover that you’re one of the many who indeed have spider veins is it necessary to have spider vein treatment? Nope. However, if you really don’t like the way they look, you have options.

First, the easiest option is to simply cover them up—and no, we’re not talking about wearing long pants on a hot day! A little makeup goes a long way to blend spider veins in with your regular skin tone. If you’re looking for something more permanent, consider an in-office laser or sclerotherapy treatment. Both target spider veins in such a way that they dry up and are resorbed by the body naturally. While laser treatment is less invasive, sclerotherapy (injections) are more effective for larger veins.

The good news with treating spider veins is that all options are fairly cost effective. On average, treatments are about $300 per session. You may need 2 or 3 sessions, but results are permanent. Unfortunately, it’s likely that you’ll get more spider veins over time, but being aware of preventive measures—SPF, compression hose—can help to keep those pesky veins at bay.
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Scar Treatment – How Scar Savvy are You?

From non-surgical facelifting to laser hair removal, the cosmetic surgery industry continues to amaze with the number of high-tech solutions that can wipe out almost any age-related or unwanted imperfection. At the same time, aesthetic medicine isn’t without irony. Many of those amazing tweaks and transformations also come with a risk of a permanent reminder that even plastic surgery can come with a price: scars.

Scar by Definition

Here’s the reality: Any time an incision is made into the skin, the result is a scar. A scar by definition is the seam where the skin heals back together. If you’re lucky (and if you have a talented surgeon), that scar may heal to become invisible. Those not so lucky may be left with a red, raised hypertrophic scar, or worse, a keloid. Those with darker skin are generally more at risk for visible scarring, though they can (and do) affect lighter skin types as well.

High risk or not, there is some good news. Not only can you reduce that risk by finding a highly qualified, talented surgeon, but if you do find yourself faced with a hypertrophic or keloid scar, there’s always laser therapy as an option. That’s right—you don’t have to live with those not-so-pretty surgical leftovers. That’s according to recent scientific research reported in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

The Study

Study authors Rui Jin et al. conducted a meta-analysis of existing research to examine the effectiveness of laser treatment on hypertrophic and keloid scars, which they described as scars that are characterized by an increase in collagen and glycoprotein. These kinds of scars, they write, can cause both aesthetic and functional issues. Not only do these discolored and enlarged scars look ugly and painful, they are known for being itchy, uncomfortable and, yes, painful. While there are a variety of treatment options available on the market today, including silicone topical gels, corticosteroid injections, surgery and more, Jin et al. point out that most treatments are not based on scientific evidence and, therefore, it’s hard to determine which course of action is best. Their aim with this study was to create some hard numbers to put behind the safety and effectiveness of laser therapy scar treatment.

After examining data from 919 patients in 28 clinical trials, they found that 72% of patients with keloids and 68% with hypertrophic scars responded to laser treatment. The best results were achieved in sub-groups who received pulsed dye laser therapy, especially for lighter skin tones, as well as treatment with the 532-nm laser.

Based on their findings, the study authors conclude that laser therapy for scars is both safe and effective.

For the complete article see: “Laser Therapy for Prevention and Treatment of Pathologic Excessive Scars.”