Health

Spider Veins Removal at Star Medispa

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Our advanced spider vein laser treatment will erase those unwanted spider veins on your legs, body and face!
We offer facial spider vein removal treatment which is very popular and so much more convenient than spending time and effort masking facial veins with makeup every day.

This page will give you all the information you need about spider veins, including what they are, how they form, and how Star Medispa can banish them safely and quickly.


What Causes Spider Veins?

Veins transport deoxygenated blood back to the heart. In the legs, the superficial veins (veins just below the skin’s surface) collect blood which is then delivered to other, deeper veins within the calf muscle. The normal functioning of the calf muscle helps to pump blood back to the heart, against the force of gravity. Valves inside the veins stop the blood from travelling back down the leg.

However, if the valves become weak and can’t close properly, blood collects in the superficial veins. As time goes by, these veins become ‘varicose’ – they distend (swell) with blood. Varicose veins are characterised by a twisted, knobbly and bluish-purple appearance, and can be painful.

Spider veins

Spider veins are like varicose veins – they form in the same way – but they are smaller and closer to the skin’s surface. Most of the time, spider veins don’t pose a health risk, except for rare cases when they are associated with:

  • the formation of ulcers as a result of the vein not draining properly

  • bleeding of the thin, easily injured skin over the spider vein

  • formation of blood clots in the vein (thrombosis)

  • vein inflammation, called phlebitis, caused by clotted blood in the vein.

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Spider veins are usually blue or red, and sometimes have an appearance similar to a tree branch or spider web – this is why their common name is spider veins. The most common places they occur on the body are the face and legs. Spider veins may affect a large or small area of skin.

The diagram on the right shows the difference in appearance between spider veins and varicose veins:

How Does Laser Spider Vein Removal Work?

The laser energy from our Dynamis Long Pulse Nd:YAG or Diolite KTP laser is absorbed by the pigment in the blood (oxyhemoglobin) contained within the spider veins. As the energy is absorbed, the area of skin above and around the spider veins will become temporarily white in colour. After a few minutes, the spider veins won’t be visible anymore, which indicates the desired effect has been achieved. This makes the process very controlled and safe. Selective Photothermolysis is the name of the method used for spider vein removal. This process is the conversion of light energy to heat energy, with the heat affecting the target spider veins but not damaging the tissue surrounding them. This selective heating up of the spider veins causes them to disintegrate and shrink, allowing them to be absorbed safely into the body.


What The Spider Vein Removal Process?

Initial Consultation:

You’ll have an initial complimentary consultation with one of our experienced practitioners, who will look at your spider veins and explain how laser spider vein removal works, the number of treatments you’ll require. After the consultation, you can either go ahead with the treatment right away or book in for another time.

During treatment:

For the treatment, you’ll lie on your back or stomach, depending on where your unwanted spider veins are located, on a comfortable table in a private room while your dedicated practitioner performs the treatment by passing the laser beam over the affected spider veins.

After spider vein removal:

There is no recovery period needed after spider vein laser treatment. You walk in right before this treatment and walk straight out the door after it finishes – it’s as easy as that.

The skin on the treated area can be a little red and irritated or there may be no adverse reaction to the treatment at all.  Because everyone is different and their body responds differently the after affects vary from person to person.

We will explain everything to you in detail at your initial consultation.

Vascular Veins Removal

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Why leg veins appear and how we can treat them

Having spider or varicose veins can affect more than your appearance. These veins can cause serious discomfort. Some varicose veins put you at risk for a complication like a blood clot or open sores on your legs.

Minimally invasive treatment can get rid of or fade leg veins. Treatment can also diminish symptoms like pain and fatigue and prevent complications.

Why we get visible leg veins

Varicose and spider veins are damaged veins. We develop them when tiny, one-way valves inside the veins weaken. In healthy veins, these valves push blood in one direction — back to our heart. When these valves weaken, some blood flows backward and accumulates in the vein. Extra blood in the vein puts pressure on the walls of the vein.

With continual pressure, the vein walls weaken and bulge. In time, we see a varicose or spider vein.

Some people have a higher risk of developing these veins. If blood relatives have them, you have a higher risk. Many people get them because they sit or stand for long periods most days of the week. These veins also become more common with age and during pregnancy.

Spider veins can also be caused by sunlight, hormonal changes, or an injury.

How dermatologists treat leg veins

Treatment options range from self-care to minor surgery. A dermatologist may use one or more of these treatments:

Self-care: Your dermatologist can give you tips to improve your circulation. These tips include:

  • Exercise

  • Elevate your legs

  • Sit for long periods? Get up and walk around every 30 minutes

  • Stand for long periods? Take a break every 30 minutes

  • Avoid soaking in hot baths for long periods of time

Self-care tips can help prevent new varicose and spider veins but cannot get rid of existing ones.

Compression stockings: These stockings apply steady pressure to help move the blood back to your heart. The steady pressure also lessens swelling in your lower legs and reduces the risk of getting a blood clot. You’ll still have visible leg veins, though.

If you need compression stockings, a dermatologist can examine you so that you get the proper size and right amount of pressure.

Sclerotherapy: This is the most common treatment for leg veins. Over the years, dermatologists have improved sclerotherapy to make it safer and give patients better results. Today, dermatologists use it to treat spider and small varicose veins.

If you have sclerotherapy, this is what happens during treatment:

  • Your dermatologist injects a chemical into the spider or varicose vein, which irritates the wall of the vein. Different areas of the vein are injected.

  • After the injections, your dermatologist may massage the area.

  • A compression stocking is then placed on each leg.

  • You will be observed for a time and then be able to go home.

  • To help prevent possible side effects, you will need to take daily walks and wear the compression stockings as directed. Most patients wear the compression stockings for 2 to 3 weeks.

  • You can return to work and most activities the next day.

Sclerotherapy causes the walls of the vein to stick together, so the blood cannot flow through it anymore. This improves circulation in the treated leg and reduces swelling.

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Spider veins usually disappear in 3 to 6 weeks. Varicose veins take 3 to 4 months.

To get the best results, you may need 2 or 3 treatments. A dermatologist can perform these treatments during an office visit. No anesthesia is needed.

Laser treatments: Dermatologists use lasers to treat spider veins and small varicose veins. During laser treatment, your dermatologist directs the laser light at the vein.

Small spider veins may disappear immediately after treatment. Larger spider veins and varicose veins will darken, and you’ll likely see them for 1 to 3 months before they disappear. To get complete clearing, you may need 3 or more treatments.

Most patients can return to work and many of their normal activities the next day.

After each treatment, some patients need to wear compression stockings for a short time.

Every patient will need to protect the treated area from the sun for 3 to 4 weeks. This helps prevent dark spots from developing. Protecting your skin from the sun year round helps to prevent new spider veins and skin cancer.

Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA): EVLT and RFA are newer treatments. They often replace the need to surgically remove a vein.

Both treatments work inside the vein to destroy it. Dermatologists use EVLT to treat spider veins and small varicose veins. RFA is used to treat large varicose veins.

This is what happens during these treatments:

  • You receive local anesthesia, which numbs the area to be treated. The anesthesia also causes the area to swell.

  • Your dermatologist then makes a small incision and inserts a laser fiber (for EVLT) or catheter (for RFA) into the vein.

  • Your dermatologist activates the laser or radiofrequency device, which heats up the vein, causing it to collapse and seal shut. The heat does not harm the surrounding area.

  • After treatment, a compression stocking will be placed on each leg.

  • You are observed for a time and then able to go home.

  • To help prevent possible side effects, you will need to take daily walks and wear the compression stockings as directed. Most patients wear the compression stockings for 1 to 2 weeks.

  • You can return to work and most activities the next day.

It takes about 1 year for the treated vein to disappear with both EVLT and RFA. To get best results, you may need more than one treatment.

Physical exam essential before treatment

A physical exam helps your dermatologist decide if leg vein treatment is safe for you. During the physical exam, your dermatologist will look closely at your leg veins and ask about your medical history.

Non-invasive tests that look at the veins in your legs may also be necessary. A Doppler ultrasound will show the blood flow in your leg veins. Plethysmography (pla-thiz-muh-graph-ē) uses a blood pressure cuff to measure changes in blood volume, which can help find problems like abnormal blood flow.

After reviewing all of the information, your dermatologist can tell you if leg vein treatment is right for you and which treatment would be most effective. Sometimes, more than one type of treatment will be recommended to give you the best results and reduce side effects.

If treatment is recommended, be sure to ask whether insurance will cover it. You’ll likely have to pay if treatment is performed only to improve the look of your legs.

Skill is the key to getting best results

The results you will see depend largely on the person performing the leg vein treatment. Because dermatologists made many of the advances that have given us safer, less invasive treatments for leg veins, they have a leg up on using these treatments.

How Does Cryotherapy Help With Reducing Cellulite?

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Cryotherapy activates collagen production in the skin, which repairs broken connections in the skin – thus reducing the appearance of cellulite! Cryotherapy will actually activate collagen production throughout the body: Collagen is found in skin, tendons, ligaments, bones, blood vessels, the gastrointestinal tract, discs and even teeth! So in addition to reducing cellulite, cryotherapy will make you stronger, increase your mobility, and flexibility.

In addition to increasing collagen and smoothing out areas of cellulite, cryotherapy reduces fat deposits since fat cells are extremely intolerant of the cold. When fat cells are exposed to extremely cold temperatures they actually self destruct. By eliminating fat deposits and the fat underlying cellulite, the appearance of cellulite is also diminished.

Other Benefits of Cryotherapy

Athletic Recovery – Many popular athletes boast of the benefits of cryotherapy as they are able to recover faster to get back to training.

Arthritis and more – Cryotherapy has been said to be helpful in the treatment of arthritis, fibromyalgia, acne, psoriasis, inflammation, and more.  We can now add cellulite reduction to this long list of benefits.

Skin Healing – Cryotherapy is extremely effective at healing skin cells post-operatively or following cosmetic procedures such as microdermabrasion, laser treatments or injections. Cryotherapy reduces the appearance of bruises, swelling, edema, inflammation and pain. In addition to these benefits, your skin will feel tighter, more firm with more elasticity.

It’s safe and comfortable – Cryotherapy involves the application of very cold DRY air to the skin. Therefore the treatment is very comfortable and safe. Frostbite only occurs in the presence of water/moisture. Treatments are also time limited to 3 minutes making hypothermia impossible.

It’s cost-efficient – Cryotherapy is very cost-effective compared to other cellulite reducing treatments

It’s natural and non-invasive – It’s for everyone who wants to feel amazing with no down time.

Permanent Maceup at Star Medispa

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In today's fast-paced world, it seems like people will do anything to save time. Drive-throughs are now found at your local pharmacy, and there's no need to write checks when there's automatic bill pay -- people like things fast and easy. It's no wonder then that many people choose to speed up their morning regimen by getting permanent makeup. The idea of permanent makeup may sound strange, but it's just one of many ways people choose to make routine tasks quicker.

Permanent makeup is essentially a tattoo that makes you appear as if you're always wearing makeup. In fact, the procedure is much like that of getting a tattoo -- the technician applies the pigment with a needle, and eventually you may have to return for touch-up visits. During the consultation, you can select the shades of your permanent makeup, and the technician will sketch the areas on your skin to be pigmented. Permanent makeup technicians use a hollow needle that releases color into a hole in your skin. Although pigment is applied to the top layer of skin only, the procedure may still sting -- just like it does when you get a tattoo. It takes about three weeks for the pigment to fade to the color you selected.

Permanent makeup is also called micropigmentation or permanent cosmetics. The art of permanent makeup has become a specialized service within both the tattoo community and the cosmetic industry, and the field is growing as more technicians become available to treat a growing number of clients [source: Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals].

If you're thinking about getting permanent makeup applied, take some time to consider the benefits and the possible complications. While permanent makeup may save you time and energy each morning, there are some medical problems associated with it. Furthermore, you may not always want to wear black eyeliner -- and tattoo removal can be difficult. Read on to learn more about this growing practice, its benefits and its drawbacks.

Benefits of Permanent Makeup

The most obvious benefit of permanent makeup is that it can simply save you time. People with busy schedules, long commutes and numerous commitments can several minutes out of their morning routine each day. And you never have to worry about your makeup smudging or fading -- permanent makeup won't come off after swimming, working out or showering. But there are many reasons for someone to get permanent makeup beyond the timesaving benefits.

People with physical disabilities or impaired motor skills, such as arthritis, Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis, may want permanent makeup because it's difficult for them to apply makeup themselves [source: Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals]. With permanent makeup, they can continue to wear makeup without having to worry about whether they've applied it accurately. People with poor eyesight may invest in permanent makeup for the same reasons.

There are also cosmetic reasons why people use permanent makeup. After reconstructive surgery, especially of the face or breasts, permanent makeup can help return the skin's appearance to normal if pigment was lost during surgery. In fact, some people choose to undergo permanent makeup procedures to improve the results of cosmetics breast surgery [source: Hess Plastic Surgery]. People with hair loss conditions that cause them to lose their eyebrows may invest in permanent eyebrow tattoos, whereas people with lip scars can use permanent lipstick to hide the unsightly marks. Permanent makeup can also benefit people with cosmetic allergies or those with pigmentation conditions like vitiligo, which causes the appearance of irregular white patches on the skin.


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