Posts for: February, 2019
At some point during our lifetime most of us will develop spider veins, those tiny little purple, red or blue web-like lines that are the result of twisted blood vessels. While they can develop anywhere on the body they most often appear on the legs.
What causes spider veins?
The purpose of veins is to deliver blood to the heart. Of course, if something is wrong with the vein blood can pool inside of it, causing a buildup of pressure that can weaken the walls of the vein. This can cause the veins to twist, which results in spider veins.
While anyone can develop spider veins women are far more likely than men to deal with this problem. There are certain risk factors that can make you prone to spider veins. These factors include:
- Being on your feet all day
- Hormonal changes
- Traumatic injuries
- Prior leg surgeries
Are spider veins painful?
Even though spider veins can be unsightly they are usually harmless; however, there are instances where someone with spider veins may experience aching, burning, or leg cramping.
Can you get rid of spider veins?
If you are experiencing discomfort due to spider veins you may want to wear compression stockings, which can apply the ideal amount of pressure to the damaged vein to improve blood flow to the heart. Compression stockings are great if you are looking to improve blood flow while also reducing the aching or cramping you may experience as a result of your spider veins; however, compression stockings will not repair or remove spider veins.
If you want to have your spider veins removed then it’s time to turn to a dermatologist. There are two ways in which a skin doctor can treat your spider veins. The most common method is sclerotherapy, in which a special solution is injected into the vein. The solution will cause the vein to collapse, where the vein will then be reabsorbed by the body and fade over the course of a few weeks. Depending on the severity of your spider veins, you may require more than one sclerotherapy treatment.
Another treatment option is called endovenous laser treatment (ELT), in which a catheter is inserted into the vein. Inside the catheter is a laser that will heat up the vein to seal it. This will seal out blood so that the blood can be rerouted through healthy veins. This is an ideal option for those with smaller veins or those dealing with spider veins that are on the surface of the skin. Again, several treatment sessions may be necessary to see full results.
If you are dealing with unsightly spider veins then it’s time to consult your dermatologist to find out the best treatment options to match your needs.
Your facial features change with time. Crow's feet, smile lines, and forehead wrinkles are all unavoidable--or are they? At Hecker Dermatology Group in Tamarac and Pompano Beach, FL, Drs. David and Melanie Hecker are the board-certified dermatologists who can address both your medical and aesthetic skin issues. BOTOX Cosmetic is one of their most sought after and effective treatments, erasing the signs of aging so effectively.
Why skin wrinkles
Several factors change how smooth our facial skin remains as we age. One is collagen, a protein which keeps skin elastic and smooth. Collagen production diminishes over time, thus contributing to wrinkles and fine lines.
Another factor is sun exposure. Too much sun dries the skin, making it leathery and lined. Tanning in artificial light causes the same problem.
Additionally, repeated motion of facial muscles wrinkles the skin. Called dynamic wrinkling, these lines appear in response to frowning, smiling, and laughing. The vertical lines which look like the number 11 and appear between the eyebrows are perfect examples of dynamic wrinkling.
What can be done
Of course, there are invasive surgical procedures which can erase years off facial appearance. The facelift is a prime example. However, few people wish to experience the discomfort, downtime, and expense associated with complex aesthetic procedures.
So, the professional team here at Hecker Dermatology Group in Tamarac offer BOTOX: injectable medications which block the movement of certain facial muscles, allowing any lines and wrinkles to relax, smooth over, and look far less obvious. Comfortable and quick, BOTOX helps people ages 18 to 65 to look and feel great!
They happen right in-office! Dr. Hecker screens patients before proceeding with the injections. A small, fine needle administers this purified form of the botulism toxin. Injections take just a few minutes and cause very mild side effects, such as a stinging sensation and localized tenderness, redness, and swelling.
Regarding therapeutic effects, they may take 7-10 days for full effect. Your rejuvenated, youthful look will last for a few months and then will require touch-up treatments.
Other uses of BOTOX
Aside from its cosmetic benefits, BOTOX has medical applications, too. Dentists use it to treat temporomandibular joint dysfunction, while specialists use it to reduce migraine headache pain and to relieve strabismus (i.e. crossed eyes) as well as rapid eyelid movements and blinking.
At Hecker Dermatology Group, the doctors and their support staff help scores of patients enjoy the benefits of more youthful-looking skin. BOTOX injections could help you, too. For a consultation with Dr. Melanie Hecker or Dr. David Hecker, call our offices at (954) 783-2323. You'll receive treatments appropriate for your best look. We have locations in Tamarac and Pompano Beach!
Could those rough, white bumps actually be Keratosis Pilaris?
If you are dealing with rough patches of skin on your body, then you may be dealing with a condition known as keratosis pilaris. While this is a fairly common and nonthreatening dermatological issue it can be hard to effectively treat. Luckily, most cases of keratosis pilaris go away by the age of 30. However, find out everything you need to know about this condition and how to manage your symptoms properly.
Are you noticing any of these symptoms?
- Rough, scaly patches that are sometimes itchy
- White or red bumps that look like acne
- Bumps on the arms, legs, cheeks or butt
- An increase in symptoms during the winter
If you’ve said “yes” to any of these symptoms above, then your bumps may be the result of keratosis pilaris. Luckily, this isn’t a serious condition and often won’t require treatment. However, some people feel embarrassed by how their skin looks. If this is the case, then consult your dermatologist.
Keratosis Pilaris Treatments
There is no one treatment that effectively helps those with keratosis pilaris. However, your dermatologist might recommend a medicated exfoliant, a retinoid cream or gel, or laser treatment. While using these medications may improve the look of your skin, if you stop taking this medication there is a significant chance that the problem will return. The biggest issue with this dermatological condition is that it lasts for many years.
SelfCare Measures for Keratosis Pilaris
While your treatment options might not sound ideal, there are also some easy things you can do at home that can improve the look of your skin.
- Avoid scrubbing or rubbing your skin, which can further aggravate your condition.
- Always pat your skin dry and never rub. This will also help to maintain moisture.Apply a moisturizer after getting out of the shower. This can further help to improve the appearance of dry, irritated skin.
- Look for products with urea or lactic acid. Both of these ingredients can be found in over-thecounter skin care products and they remove excess keratin from the outermost layer of the skin.
Talk to your dermatologist about which prescription medications and lifestyle changes would improve your condition. Even though this condition isn’t serious you can still seek medical advice and treatments to help with your problem.