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By WESTGATE DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER
February 14, 2019
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Spider Veins  

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
  • Age
  • Hormonal changes
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Prior leg surgeries
  • Genetics

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.


By WESTGATE DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER
February 12, 2019
Category: Botox
Tags: Botox   wrinkles  

Find out how this simple cosmetic treatment can take years off your face in no time.

Do you hate that the first thing you seem to notice when you smile are the lines around your mouth and eyes? If so, then you may be botoxconsidering different cosmetic options for refreshing your appearance. It’s important for our patients to know that they don’t have to undergo extensive procedures in order to achieve a more youthful look. Dr. Paul Kostuchenko, Dr. Jenny Lee Stone, and Anne Tyson Edwards, PA-C are happy to offer Botox for smoothing away certain lines and wrinkles from the face.

How does Botox work?

Botox is a cosmetic injectable that works by disrupting the signals from the nerves to the muscles, which prevents the muscles from contracting. Since the muscles are temporarily unable to contract this will automatically smooth away certain lines and wrinkles from the face.

Botox is most often used to target lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, nose, forehead, and eyebrows. Wrinkles that are accentuated when making facial expressions will respond best to Botox treatment, while wrinkles caused by gravity or sun damage will not. Dealing with laugh lines or crow’s feet? Botox can smooth those lines away in minutes.

What should I expect from Botox treatment?

The procedure itself is very straightforward and simple, taking only a few minutes. Since there is no recovery period, our providers can administer your Botox injections when it works with your schedule and then you can immediately get back to work or your daily routine. Side effects are mild and will go away within a day or two.

Before administering Botox, some patients may choose a numbing gel to reduce any discomfort. Botox injections are extremely thin and most patients report feeling nothing more than a very slight burning or pinch. Of course, those who are sensitive may want to discuss numbing the area prior to getting Botox.

When will I see results?

While dermal fillers can produce results almost immediately, it will take a few days to see the results of your Botox treatment. Results last about 3-4 months, although if you are happy with the way you look, you can come back in for maintenance injections to refresh your results and to make it last longer.

Interested? Give us a call!  Your consultation appointment is FREE

Are you interested in what Botox can do for your appearance? If so, then let’s sit down and talk about it. Call Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center in Winston-Salem.  Dial (336) 768-1280 for Winston-Salem. (Note:  We only provide cosmetic services at our Winston Salem office)


By WESTGATE DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER
February 05, 2019
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Keratosis Pilaris  

Keratosis Pilaris can cause bumps on your armsCould 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.