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Did You Know…
Just before the laser is fired, a jet of frozen air is sent to the skin to protect the skin from the laser energy and to decrease the pain.
The word “Cosmetic” is derived from the Greek word “Kosmos” which means “of this world.”
The same laser that is used for hair removal, can get rid of toe nail fungus.
In the past some doctors tried to dye the patient hair dark so that more of the laser energy would be absorbed by the hair and thereby the laser would more effectively remove the hair. Unfortunately, it did not work because the dye did not reach the hair follicle.
In the 1450s, women would shave their pubic hair to get rid of lice. And then they would have a pubic hair wig made as a replacement.
The light from a hair removal laser passes through the skin and is absorbed by the hair follicle. The laser energy is absorbed by the hair follicle and is destroyed. Since people have different skin colors, we need to have lasers with a variety of colors of laser light.
A tan can absorb some of the energy of laser light and prevent the laser light from reaching the hair follicle. Do not get a tan before laser hair removal.
Neurotoxins are medications developed from the bacteria known as clostridium botulinum. Researchers noticed that people infected with this bacterium had suffered muscle weakness. Dysport and Botox have been developed from this discovery.
The idea behind the CoolSculpt machine started after doctors noticed that children who sucked on popsicles lost the fat in their cheeks without damage to the skin. It is amazing what can develop from a simple observation.

Sclerotherapy

You’re So Vein…But Not for Long

Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins

Maybe it’s because you love the way your legs look in high heels. Maybe it’s because you’re a teacher, or a nurse, or someone else who stands on their feet all day. It could be hormones or genetics. For whatever the reason, you may have found yourself faced with spider veins or varicose veins. Big or small, veins make you just want to hide your legs all the time, which is no fun. You can only cover them up with tights so many months of the year.

So, what’s a person to do? Get rid of them, of course. But how?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment that injects a solution into the veins that destroys the vein. This is accomplished with a micro-needle.  After the injection veins will then fade away, leaving no trace of visible veins on the skin’s surface. You’ll see impressive results after just one treatment, but you may need more than one treatment if you have lots of veins.

How do you know if you have varicose veins?

Varicose veins are large. They’re blue or light green, and they often protrude from the skin and can have a cord-like appearance. They’re most commonly found on the legs. They often will be painful, especially around your period. It is a common problem in women, but men can be also affected.

How do you know if you have spider veins?

Spider veins are smaller. They look like very fine red or blue lines.  Since they can look like fine spider webs, they are usually called spider veins.  These are typically located on the legs or face.

These troublesome and unsightly veins are caused by pregnancy and prolonged standing.  Sometimes spider veins run in the family. Hormones can also make them worse.

Who is the ideal candidate for sclerotherapy?

You don’t have to put up with those ugly and painful legs anymore. Though several treatments are available, and sclerotherapy is one of the absolute best.

Most patients need several treatments to clean up the legs.  Sclerotherapy doesn’t stop new veins from developing, and most patients need a follow up treatment every few years.

Sclerotherapy treatments requires no recovery period.  Patients can walk immediately after their procedure and start their usual exercise regimen the next day.

While varicose and spider veins aren’t dangerous, they can cause pain and are certainly are not pretty. If you find yourself trying to hide your legs due to these veins, consider sclerotherapy.

Laser treatment may also be a good option for your varicose veins or spider veins, but you won’t know the right treatment for your situation until you speak with a specialist. If you’re interested in eliminating your unsightly veins and are ready to wear skirts and shorts again, we can help! Contact us at Fremont Laser to learn all about our sclerotherapy treatments or schedule a complimentary consultation.