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Ask Our Expert – Spider Veins

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
 

Roxanne, Skincare & Laser Specialst

Ask Our Expert:

Q: After the birth of my children, I developed spider veins on my legs.  People have made comments on them so often that I’m embarrassed to wear shorts or skirts now.  Do you treat spider veins?  How much does it cost?  Do I have to wear those thick stockings afterwards?

A: Today over 60% of men and women suffer from spider or varicose veins. We have to two very successful options for treating spider veins.  We can decide which option would be best for you during your examination.  However, I will be happy to briefly explain both of them.

Option #1: Laser treatment of spider veins-

We utilize Laser energy to select and destroy unhealthy spider veins. The laser energy penetrates, heats and coagulated the vessels.  Over a period of several weeks (typically 6-8 weeks) the veins are reabsorbed by the body and you are once again able to show off your legs with confidence.  Sometimes it can take more than one treatment to reach your goal.  Our patient’s like this option because there is no cutting, no needle sticks, no scarring, no bandages, and no uncomfortable compression stockings. You can return to work immediately following your treatment.

Option #2: Sclerotherapy –

Sclerotherapy is also an effective treatment to remove unsightly spider veins. A very small needle is used to inject a small amount of a sclerosing agent that causes a reaction to occur inside the vein.  This reaction causes the walls of the veins to stick together.  When the walls of veins are stuck together, the blood cannot enter and fill up the vein.  Once the vein is closed, the blood flow re-routes itself to a parallel vein nearby. The vessels will become invisible when they are reabsorbed by the body.  This procedure requires you to wear compressions hosiery for 7 days.  You should expect to have more than one treatment depending on the severity of the veins that are being treated.

We have to two very successful options for treating spider veins.  We can decide which option would be best for you during your examination.  However, I will be happy to briefly explain both of them.

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
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217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana), IL
309-662-0436 Bloomington, IL

Ask Our Expert – Tanning to Cover Sun Damage?

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Ask Our Expert Blog

Q:  Now that summer is over, my tan is fading.   I have dark brown patches and spots on my face that are making me feel very self-conscious.  If I use a tanning bed through the winter months to stay tan, will it help hide these brown spots?

A:  Stop…  Back away from the phone…  Do not schedule a tanning appointment.  Covering up sun damage by getting more sun damage is never the answer.

First, understand that the UV radiation (exposure to the sun or a tanning bed) is the reason these unwelcome spots are appearing on your face in the first place.  Though tanning your skin may initially camouflage them, those spots will become darker and multiply very quickly. Not only that, but eventually these unwelcome visitors will bring friends in form of lines, wrinkles, broken blood vessels, and poor skin texture.  Your skin is giving you an initial visual warning.  It is saying “STOP abusing me or else!”  And believe me, “or else” means it will punish you by introducing you to lines, wrinkles, large pores, and rough texture next!”

Many people find themselves caught in the same viscous circle.  They develop sun damage.  Then to cover the sun damage, they sun tan. Then they develop more sun damage.  It isn’t until the sun damage is so bad that it can no longer be hidden, that people truly realize what they have done to their skin.  Your best bet is to give your skin the protection it is demanding and begin to correct the sun damage that is causing you to feel self-conscious.

So let’s talk about ways to correct your sun damage.  There are many options that will help you to some degree or another.  It is important to seek advice from someone who specializes in aging, sun damaged skin such as a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon.  They will help you match the amount of sun damage you have to the appropriate treatment. Usually the less expensive options are less aggressive and therefore give less result or require multiple treatments.  If you are someone who is willing to be patient, some of the less aggressive options may work well for you.  I will start with the least invasive options and work up.

Topical skincare treatment:

1.      Avoid sun exposure as much as possible and protect your skin faithfully by applying a medical grade physical sunblock every single day of the year, not just when it is hot or sunny. (THIS IS A MUST NO MATTER WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING SOLUTIONS YOU CHOOSE) In both our Bloomington and Champaign-Urbana locations, we recommend TiSilc 60 medical grade sunblock.

2.      Use a prescription bleaching agent with retinol every night for 6 weeks.  Both of these will help lighten the brown spots over time but you will need to be patient.

3.     In addition, applying Vitamin C and E topically to the skin every morning may also improve your spots.

4. Talk with an experienced medical skincare specialist within a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon’s office.  Ask her or him to build a medical-grade skincare program for you based your skin injuries. Remember that there are no magic creams out there but there are some scientific based medical skincare products that will make great improvements to your skin.  However, you must be faithful in applying them as directed. 

Chemical Peels:

There are several formulations of strengths when it comes to chemical peels.  I suggest you seek an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon to develop your chemical peel plan.  Chemical peels have a quantitative effect, so typically you would expect to have multiple peels. You need to protect your skin from UV radiation and use a physical sun block every day.

Approximate cost:  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic chemical peels range from $50.00 to $175.00 each.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Treatments:

Intense Pulsed Light can improve both brown spots and redness.  You should plan on three to six treatments depending on the severity of your sun damage.  Expect redness and swelling for a few days following each treatment.  Your brown spots will get darker before they get lighter.  Then they will come to the surface and flake off.  Again you will need to protect your skin from UV radiation and use a physical sun block every day.

Approximate cost:  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, you can expect to pay $250.00 and up per IPL treatment depending on the location of the treatment area.

CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing:

This is typically the best treatment for sun damage in the form of brown spots, melasma, lines, wrinkles, and the break-down of collagen and elastin.  In most cases this is a one- time treatment. You will need to take about four days off from work or social activity as you will be swollen, red and your skin will peel between days three and five.  This option will give you the best non-ablative results available if preformed by an experienced laser practitioner.

Approximate cost:  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, for a first treatment you can expect to pay

Full face:  $2000.00                              Hands: $700.00                        Neck: $900.00

Chest:  $1900.00                                    Shoulders: $900.00                 Eyes only: $600.00

Upper & Lower lips:  $600.00            Upper or lower arms: $1800.00

Roxanne Hammond

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
Become a Facebook Fan of CPS @  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cosmetic-Plastic-Surgery/65943304419
https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com
800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)
309-662-0436 Bloomington

Possible Rosacea Triggers

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Though there is no cure for Rosacea, I hope the following lists, compiled from patient histories by Dr. Jonathan Wilkin and produced by the National Rosacea Society will make it easier for you to determine your own triggers and avoid them.

Foods:
Liver, Yogurt, Sour cream, Cheese (except cottage cheese), Chocolate, Vanilla, Soy sauce, food-eating-candy-chocolate
Yeast extract (bread is okay), Vinegar, Eggplant, Avocados, Spinach, Broad-leaf beans and pods (including: lima, navy or pea). Citrus fruits (including: tomatoes, bananas, red plums, raisins or figs), Spicy and thermally hot foods, and Foods high in histamine.

 

Beverages:
Alcohol (especially: red wine, beer, bourbon, gin, vodka, or champagne), Hot drinks (including: hot cider, hot chocolate, coffee, or tea)

Emotional Influences:
Stress and Anxiety

Temperature-related:
Saunas, Hot baths, Simple overheating, and Excessively warm environments

Weather:
Sun, Strong winds, Cold, and Humidity

Drugs:
Vasodilators and Topical steroids

Medical Conditions:
Frequent flushing, Menopause, Chronic cough, and Caffeine withdrawal syndrome

Physical Exertion:
Exercise and “Lift and load” jobs

Roxanne, Skincare and Laser Specialist

Roxanne Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY
Become a Facebook Fan of CPS @  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cosmetic-Plastic-Surgery/65943304419
https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com
800-252-7123 (within IL)
217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana)
309-662-0436 Bloomington

Budgeting For Beauty – Part 2

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Let’s begin to talk about some non-surgical options that will give you impressive results with little down time.

1. My personal favorite – CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing. This is the most impressive non-surgical technology I have seen to date. Physicians and patients alike have been waiting more than 10 years for a procedure that requires little recovery time and discomfort while simultaneously being able to deliver substantial results in a single treatment. The technology is finally here.

This latest development combines the technology and benefits of traditional CO 2 Laser Resurfacing (the industries gold standard for skin resurfacing) with an algorithm scanner. This means a fraction of the skin cell is treated by the laser, leaving tiny areas of untreated skin. This dramatically reduces your recovery time, allowing you to return to work in 4 days. The CO 2 Micro-Fractional Laser wavelength can penetrate to the deeper portions of the skin, unlike other laser technologies that offer only superficial benefits. (Buyer beware – do not confuse CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing with other “Fraxel or non-CO 2 fractional laser” treatments available) It is unique because for the first time in the history of laser resurfacing, it allows clinicians to safely and effectively treat not only the face but other areas of the body such as the neck, chest, hands & arms. This treatment simultaneously improves lines, wrinkles, scars, skin laxity, tone and texture, brown spots and other skin imperfections. As it penetrates the dermis, production of new, deep dermal collagen is stimulated. This results in continued improvement in skin structure over time. CO2 Micro-Fractional Laser Resurfacing https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/laser-skin-resurfacing.cfm is ideal for you if you have a busy lifestyle or cannot be away from work for an extended period of time but still want impressive results. (more…)