By Mary Brooks, APRN, Couture Med Spa Winter Park
 
Unsightly leg veins can be visually unappealing and painful. But why do they happen and what can we do about them?

Varicose veins and spider veins are caused by damaged valves in the veins that prevent blood from flowing normally. 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 causing the blood to pool. 

There are different causative factors involved in the occurrence of unhealthy leg veins including injury, poor circulation, obesity, pregnancy, old age, or a family history of spider or varicose veins. 
 
Depending on the type of vein, there are many different treatment options to reduce or remove unwanted or unhealthy leg veins.  
 
 

 

Self-Care for Spider and Varicose Veins

There are certain things that can be done at home to either prevent or minimize the appearance of unhealthy leg veins. One of the main goals of self-care for leg veins is to improve circulation. 

Compression stockings prevent the pooling of blood in a vein and promote normal circulation.  Exercise and elevation of the legs are also beneficial in prevention. Individuals who sit for long periods of time should take breaks to get up and walk around every 30 minutes. But beware! Too much of anything is no good. So, individuals who stand for long periods of time should take sit breaks every 30 minutes. 

Medical Procedures for Leg Vein Removal 

Over the years, different treatment procedures and devices have been developed to remove unhealthy veins. 

For example, sclerotherapy, which is the most common treatment for leg veins consists of small injections of saline solution into the unhealthy vein causing the vein to collapse. 

Radiofrequency ablation is more invasive and is the removal of tissue or a varicose vein using the heat from an electric current produced by a radio wave. 

An ambulatory phlebectomy is the removal of superficial veins through small slits on the legs. 

However, we offer and recommend laser therapy, which is used to collapse the unhealthy vein that is later reabsorbed by the body.

See the amazing before-and-after results of laser vein removal on our website!
 
 

Laser Therapy for Leg Vein Removal 

At Couture Med Spa, we use the Starlux 500 by Palomar with the Lux 1064 handpiece on our clients which is specially designed to treat spider veins on the legs. The Lux 1064 handpiece sends energy into the blood and vessel walls, where it is absorbed by the blood. The blood is heated by the absorption of energy, and the vessel coagulates and closes off. The constricted vessel then regenerates, and the treated leg veins disappear from the surface of the skin. This treatment is FDA-approved and safe for all skin types. We only use this treatment on spider veins. Medical procedures outside of Couture Med Spa must be used on varicose veins.

Get back into your shorts and dresses without feeling self-conscious about your veins.

Book an appointment with one of our spa professionals!
 
 

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By Sara Katan APRN, Couture Med Spa Ocoee
 
Before entering the world of aesthetics, I had no idea what it meant to take care of my skin. As I began training at Couture Med Spa and working with skincare products, lasers, and injectables, I had no idea where to start so I figured I could try it all. All I knew was that taking better care of my skin needed to be a priority. 

Anyone that I’ve met with gorgeous skin has invested time and energy into caring for it!
In this blog, you’ll learn about my love for the Palomar fractional laser and what it has done for my anti-aging regimen! The versatility of the laser and all its various functions is what I love most. It has helped boost my collagen, smooth over my stretch marks, and helped with the crepey textured skin on my hands, which has always been an insecurity of mine. 

But some of you may be asking, “What the heck is a fractional laser?” 

Learn more about our fractional laser treatment.
A fractional laser is a non-ablative resurfacing and soft tissue coagulation technology for the skin. This laser uses micro-beam energy that bypasses through the top layer of the skin into the deep dermal layer of the skin. 
 


In plain English, it stimulates collagen leading to skin tightening and resurfacing. 
Here at Couture Med Spa, both the Platinum membership and the Black Diamond membership include this treatment each month…along with several other services! It helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, acne scarring, stretch marks, and surgical scars. The treatment is done in about 5 minutes with little to no downtime. There is very little discomfort felt during the treatment because we use a topical numbing cream applied about an hour before we get started. It generally requires 3-6 treatments on a specific area with each treatment spaced 4 weeks apart. But as I said, I wasn’t always so “in tune” with caring for my skin. 
 

I must confess that before I started working for Couture Med Spa, I did all the unthinkable taboos in the skincare industry. 

I loved my St. Ives Scrub, I put toothpaste on my pimples, I lived for my dial soap cleanser, and I only used sunscreen when I went to the beach. I already know Lindsay, Couture’s brilliant aesthetician, is CRINGING reading this! 


Learning how to take care of your skin is a process. And as I became more knowledgeable about skincare and all the services Couture offers, I realized very quickly I needed to change my regime ASAP. I first started with Couture’s medical-grade skin products, then I dabbled with each of our lasers, and lastly, I jumped onboard the Dysport and filler train. 

 
I found that the multi-modality approach to my skin’s needs has made a world of difference, but the fractional laser is where I really began to see the transformation. 
After the second treatment on my face, I could literally feel my face tightening and after the fourth treatment, my acne scars started to diminish. Although I have achieved the results I was looking for, I understand the importance of upkeep and maintenance. Along with my daily skin regimen, I continue the fractional lasers, daily sunscreen use, and quarterly Dysport treatments. 

Aging is a fact of life, but looking your age doesn’t have to be. 

Interested in receiving a customized skin regimen like the one mentioned in this blog? Call one of our three locations to schedule a consultation and we’ll make it happen!