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Cosmetic Dermatology | Upland | Rancho Cucamonga

Cosmetic Dermatology


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Spider Vein Treatments

Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are small, thin blood vessels visible beneath the skin. They appear most commonly on the face or legs, and may looks like a series of lines, tree branches or a spider- or web-like shape, with a red or blue color. While most cases of spider veins are of purely cosmetic concern, some patients may also experience uncomfortable symptoms such as aching, burning, swelling and cramping from this condition.

Spider Vein Treatments | Chemical Peels | Upland | Rancho CucamongaMany patients are bothered by the appearance of spider veins on prominent areas such as the legs or face, and seek treatment to restore a smooth, clear appearance. Many of these treatments are highly effective and minimally invasive, offering aesthetically-pleasing results without painful or lengthy downtimes.

There are several minimally invasive treatment options available to eliminate the appearance of spider veins and allow patients to proudly show off their legs. These treatments offer patients fewer side effects, less pain and shorter recovery times than traditional surgical vein removal procedures.

The standard treatment for both spider and varicose veins is sclerotherapy, which involving injecting a sclerosing solution into the affected veins, causing them to gradually disappear. This procedure is performed in the doctor's office and takes no more than an hour. Most patients require two to four treatment sessions in order to achieve their desired results.

Spider Vein Treatments | Upland | Rancho Cucamonga

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Anesthesia is not needed for sclerotherapy, during which patients only experience a mild burning sensation. After the skin is cleaned with an antiseptic solution, the sclerosant is injected into the affected veins with a very fine needle. The number of injections per session varies based on the number and length of the damaged veins. After the sclerotherapy procedure, cotton balls and compression tape are applied to the injection site(s).

Additional treatment options for spider veins may include endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), which treats large veins by passing a laser fiber through a catheter directly into the vein. The laser seals off the affected veins and diverts blood flow to nearby healthy veins, thoroughly eradicating the veins just under the surface of the skin.

Mild cases of spider veins may also be treated with compression stockings to put pressure on the veins and promote normal blood flow. Your doctor will decide which type of treatment is best for your condition.


Chemical Peels

Chemical peels remove damaged outer layers of skin on the face to smooth texture, reduce scarring, and remove blemishes to produce healthy, glowing skin. There are three types of chemical peels, ranging from mild to strong - alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol - and formula strengths are tailored to each patient. Peels can be combined with other procedures for a younger look.

Chemical peels may be performed in the doctor's office, office-based facility or outpatient surgical center. Anesthesia is not required because phenol and TCAs act as an anesthetic while AHAs produce only a slight stinging, though you may be given a sedative.

In an AHA peel, the skin is cleaned and the solution applied; there is no need for "after-peel" ointment or covering. During TCA and phenol peels, the skin is cleansed and solution is applied, which may cause a brief stinging sensation. Petroleum jelly or a waterproof adhesive tape may be put on the skin following a phenol treatment.

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