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Get Rid Of Your Dorsal Hump with Rhinoplasty Surgery

Published on November 29, 2017

The nose can make or break one’s appearance. It defines the angles of the face, and the presence of a hump can be enough to change the appearance of the whole face. If you’ve always hoped for a miraculous reshaping of your nose, there is a solution: rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is the surgical procedure used to correct and reshape the contours of the nose according to a patient’s aesthetic goals.

Correction of a Dorsal Hump

A dorsal hump is a bump that forms in the bridge of the nose caused either by excessive bone, cartilage, or a mix of the two. Depending on the size of the hump, the causative bone and/or cartilage is removed, trimmed, filled, or broken to correct the issue. As the region of correction plays an important physiological function, it is important not to disturb the septum (the internal structure that separates the nostrils). In a few cases, a special graft is designed to protect the passage between the nostrils from collapsing.

What Does Rhinoplasty Offer?

Patients who seek to get rid of a dorsal hump can achieve their desired result through rhinoplasty. The procedure creates a smoother bridge as well. If you wish to have a more feminine nose, a supra-tip break in the upward direction can be created.

When rhinoplasty is done specifically to address the issue of dorsal hump, it is known as reduction rhinoplasty. A reduction in size translates to removal of excess tissue to reshape the nose to suit the patient’s needs. Reductive rhinoplasty is considered one of the most complex cosmetic surgical procedures.

Complexity of the procedure can be explained by the need to manipulate the region, which is integral in defining the overall shape. While it is easy to reshape in a two-dimensional space, achieving an aesthetically proportionate nose in three dimensions while leaving the functionality undisturbed is a challenge.

Healing After Dorsal Hump Reduction Rhinoplasty

Patients who have had reduction rhinoplasty have felt that the recovery period is not painful. Since the nose is not directly involved in physical activities like walking or sitting, there is no persistent strain that could hamper recovery. Time taken to recover is short compared to other surgical procedures performed on different body parts like the abdomen or breasts. Slight bruising around the eye is common during the recovery period.

During this time, it is important to wear the nasal cast until the time the surgeon says otherwise. Also, it is recommended to refrain from wearing glasses or any other similar accessory that would sit directly on the bridge of the nose.

Dorsal Hump Reduction Rhinoplasty Results

Depending on the extent of reduction, the healed nasal bridge will appear more even. Before the surgery, the doctor offers a digitalized view of the outcome, and after healing, the reshaped nose closely resembles the digital prediction. Thickness of the skin plays a key role in determining the outcome of the surgery.

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Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni are board-certified plastic surgeons with years of experience and numerous satisfied patients. During a consultation, you can find out more about dorsal hump removal, preparation for the procedure, and the proper ways to care for your nose after the surgery. Contact us today for your consultation.

The Differences Between an S-Lift Facelift and a Traditional Facelift

Published on November 6, 2017

If you’ve been troubled by the appearance of harsh wrinkles on your face, it’s time to take action. Everyone experiences the signs of aging; unfortunately, some show signs of it earlier than others. The signs of aging have negative effects on one’s appearance, and so they must take steps to address them.

In this era of cosmetic surgeries, there are numerous corrective measures that you can take to get rid of those crow’s feet and smile lines. One of these corrective options is a facelift.

There are several facelift options out there, including the S-lift facelift and the traditional facelift. The choice is yours, but before you make that choice, you must fully understand your options. Once you know the pros and cons for these two techniques, you will be able to decide which one will be better for achieving your aesthetic goals.

The Facelift Procedure

A facelift surgery is performed with the goal of reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and loose skin. The surgeon will tighten and lift the muscles under your skin so that you can get better facial contours and look more aesthetically appealing. If there is any excess fat then that too is removed by the surgeon so that you do not have a sagging and aged look.

What Is an S-Lift Facelift?

An S-lift is a type of facelift procedure that gets its name from the type of incision that is done during the process. The shape of the incision is that of an S. This procedure is also known as the mini facelift and is ideal for a less comprehensive and more specific degree of change.

First, a local anesthetic will be given to the patient to numb the region, and IV sedation will also be given so that the patient can remain unconscious for about four to five hours. During this time, the S-lift surgery will be completed.

The S-shaped incision is made at the hairline at the temple region and is continued both in front and behind the ear. After it has been created, the surgeon will reposition your tissues and remove excess skin and fat, giving you rejuvenated facial contours.

What Is a Traditional Facelift?

A traditional facelift is the best option for comprehensive results. It can solve a variety of issues, from sagging around the cheeks to creases below the eyes. This facelift technique is especially useful for women past the age of 50 due to its comprehensive benefits.

The Main Difference

The main difference between the two types of facelift is their type of incision. In an S-lift facelift, the incision made is in the shape of an S, starting from the temple to the back of the ear. In the case of the traditional facelift, the incision starts from temple, goes around the ears, and extends to your neck below. Thus, it covers a larger area and gives more comprehensive results.

The S-lift is less invasive and thus provides a shorter and more comfortable recovery process. The chance of complications is lowered, and the procedure as a whole takes less time to complete.

Schedule a Consultation

Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni are board-certified plastic surgeons with years of experience. Contact our office to schedule a consultation to meet and discuss your facelift options with a skilled medical professional.

Ultherapy May Be Your Ideal Rejuvenation Option

Published on October 4, 2017

Skin rejuvenation is as important as the rejuvenation of body and mind. When your age starts to show on your face, your regular skin-care regimen may not be enough. You need something extra. Fortunately, there are many excellent options available, including Ultherapy.

Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved non-invasive and non-surgical procedure that lifts and tightens the neck, chin, and brow and improves lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. It can help you attain a fresher and more youthful appearance from your brow to your upper chest.

Tightening the skin is not possible with surface treatments; Ultherapy reaches deep into the tissues for effective tightening. It uses time-tested ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin naturally without any surgery required.

Safe and FDA-Approved

The treatment employs ultrasound therapy to deliver its collagen-boosting treatment. Ultrasound technology has been used throughout the medical field for many decades and is known to be entirely safe, owing to the fact that is used in pregnancy detection and to monitor fetal development.

Ultherapy, or ultrasound therapy, has been officially recognized as safe and effective in clinical studies worldwide and has been used in over half a million treatments all through the globe. It is an excellent alternative to invasive and intense surgical procedures.

The Process

Ultherapy provides precise and accurate results that cannot be achieved by other procedures. The goal of the procedure is to tighten the skin without surgical intervention. During treatment, ultrasound energy is used to stimulate the production of collagen, tightening and lifting tissue.

It integrates conventional ultrasound imaging, which allows the provider and the patient to see the layers of tissue that are being treated on a monitor. This helps the provider deliver the treatment energy to exactly where it will be most beneficial.

Ultherapy can be potentially uncomfortable at times because of the use of ultrasound heat, which is used to penetrate the skin and reach down to the muscular level. To reduce the likelihood of any discomfort during treatment, most qualified physicians will prescribe pre-treatment medications. Any discomfort felt afterwards is not long-lasting, and occasionally the skin has a temporary feeling of tightness.


As far as results are concerned, the benefits of the treatment last for two to five years. Younger patients under 45 usually get closer to the five-year mark, as do patients who actively take good care of their skin, wear regular sunscreen before venturing out or have a history of minimal sun exposure, don’t smoke, don’t drink, and have good genes.

The quality of the results of the treatment depends on the ability of the patient’s body to create collagen. The effects of Ultherapy are visible within three to six months after the treatment date.

Learning More About Ultherapy

Finding out more about what Ultherapy can do is as simple as contacting our office and arranging a consultation. Board-certified plastic surgeons Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni, as well as our highly trained laser nurses, are happy to answer questions regarding procedures and will make sure you have a full understanding of your procedure.

Adjust Rhinoplasty Results with Revision Rhinoplasty

Published on August 29, 2017

Have you recently experienced unwanted results from a rhinoplasty procedure? You’re not alone in this – a revision rate of 3 to 5% is present for rhinoplasty, even including those rhinoplasty surgeries performed by the best surgeons. It is an extremely complex procedure.

If you see that your nose’s shape has become abnormal after a rhinoplasty procedure, schedule an appointment for a revision rhinoplasty consultation.

What Is Revision Rhinoplasty?

As the name suggests, the main aim of revision rhinoplasty is to correct the abnormalities that occur due to primary rhinoplasty. With revision rhinoplasty, you won’t need to worry about an abnormal look or impaired nasal functionality. If you desire a nose that will look natural and attractive after complications from an initial surgery, revision rhinoplasty is the best option.

When Is Revision Rhinoplasty Necessary?

Do you think your rhinoplasty procedure has created a bad impact on your overall look and overshadowed your otherwise beautiful face? If so, revision rhinoplasty can help.

Here are some of the situations where revision rhinoplasty may be helpful:

• Some people have a collapsed nasal bridge or a bridge that is too narrow. If you were not able to solve the problem with primary rhinoplasty or if the problem was worsened as a result of it, revision rhinoplasty can correct the issue.

• If you are not happy with the symmetry of the tip of your nose or the tip appears to be upturned or pitched, this surgery can prove to be an effective solution.

• In cases where the nasal structure has been weakened by excessive removal of tissue (cartilage or bone, usually), a graft can be used to strengthen the region. These grafts are made from cartilage harvested from another area of the patient’s body, typically the ear, septum, or rib.

• The nostrils of the person may have been overstretched or appear to be notched. These problems can be effectively corrected with the help of revision rhinoplasty.

• Due to the structural abnormalities mentioned above, some people experience difficulty in breathing. A revision rhinoplasty can address impaired nasal airways.

How Is Revision Rhinoplasty Done?

The exact procedure of revision rhinoplasty varies a great deal depending on the problems faced by the patient. Some have it at the nasal tip, while some others have it performed on the middle portion. No matter which region of the nose needs correction, the surgery will be performed with the help of anesthesia to avoid pain and discomfort.

Revision rhinoplasty is typically a more complex process than primary rhinoplasty, as the nasal architecture may be more delicate after the initial procedure. The formation of scar tissue can also affect the process.

The surgery can be of two types – open and closed revision rhinoplasty. The difference lies in the location of incisions made. When the incisions are made on the outside of the nose, the surgery is called open rhinoplasty, and when they are made in the nostrils, the surgery is called closed rhinoplasty. Doctors usually suggest patients go for open rhinoplasty for their revision procedure.

Once the procedure is complete, the incisions are closed using surgical sutures. The patient will be advised to carefully follow the surgeon’s post-surgical care directions so that their recovery process will be shorter and with a lowered risk of complications.

Contact Us to Schedule Your Consultation

Revision rhinoplasty will require a consultation from a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine the exact nature of your nasal issues. Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni are skilled board-certified plastic surgeons with a great deal of experience. Contact us to set up your appointment for a consultation.

Juvederm Fills Age Lines Instantly

Published on August 21, 2017

The mythical “Fountain of Youth” may have never been found, but the real Fountain of Youth lies in the wide variety of modern age-defying procedures now available on the market. These are all thanks to advances in modern medical and cosmetic science.

Everyone desires to retain their youthful vigor and good looks well into middle age and beyond. Signs of old age like wrinkles, baldness, and drooping skin appear over the course of our lives, and as they do, we do our best to reverse them.

One of the most important factors that contributes to a youthful appearance is smooth, wrinkle-free skin. Taut skin free of age lines will go a long way in making you look young and fresh. To help you retain or restore that youthful look, we offer Juvederm.

Juvederm Injections

Juvederm is the trade name for a range of hyaluronic acid-based injectable gels used to treat wrinkles and folds in the skin. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the human body and plays a vital role in the repair and rejuvenation of the skin. It helps to address the daily damage we suffer due to dust, pollution, sun exposure, and all the rigors of modern life. Hyaluronic acid is key in the body’s natural healing mechanism.

The body becomes less and less efficient with age, and hyaluronic acid production is not exempt from this. Production of hyaluronic acid starts dropping after the age of 20, when our lives are often incredibly busy and stressful.

One must take measures to preserve the health of their skin as they age. But sometimes, the damage will be more than the body’s normal rate of hyaluronic-acid production can keep up with. Thankfully, we have an effective way to restore our body’s depleted hyaluronic acid: Juvederm injections.

Hyaluronic acid does not cause any allergic reactions, since it is naturally present in the body. The hyaluronic acid in Juvederm is sourced not from animals but from bacterial cultures, so you can use it guilt free.

How Does One Use Juvederm?

Juvederm is an injectable product, meaning it is injected via a syringe directly into the skin, into the deep layers, where it works its magic from within. Typical wrinkle-reducing products like topical creams and ointments cannot reach these deeper layers, so they can only achieve so much.

A session of Juvederm involves several injections with a syringe. The doctor may use up to three syringes for a longer session. Injections can reduce the appearance of the nasolabial folds, parentheses lines, marionette lines, and many other wrinkles. Juvederm can also be injected into the lips to enhance their volume and aesthetics.

There are no significant risks, but there can be discomfort due to the injections. This can be mitigated through application of numbing creams and local anesthesia.

Your Juvederm Consultation

Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni are board-certified plastic surgeons providing a variety of cosmetic and functional procedures to numerous patients in the Washington, D.C., area. To arrange a Juvederm consultation and find out more, contact us today.

Great Curves and Contours Can Be Yours Again with a Body Lift

Published on August 14, 2017

For many people, one of the biggest obstacles to achieving a fitter-looking and more toned body is excess skin around the tummy, thighs, upper arms, back, and hips. These regions of drooping skin do not respond to exercise and diet. You may be in good health and have a healthy lifestyle but still find it impossible to eliminate excess skin. With a body lift, you can target multiple areas for skin tightening and stubborn fat elimination.

The Body Lift: A Combination Procedure

A body lift involves multiple procedures. Because of this, it is often performed in more than one sitting spread out over many weeks.

A body lift may include a tummy tuck, where the loose skin is tightened by removing excess skin, the volume is reduced by removing excess fat, and the drooping muscles are toned by tightening them. A tummy tuck is one of the most common body lift procedures.

A body lift can also address the thighs. Many people are disturbed by flabby thighs that prevent them from wearing shorts and other types of clothing. With a thigh lift, the muscles are toned, loose skin is removed, and excess fat is also eliminated.

A body lift may be needed after a patient has lost a lot of weight. Due to rapid weight loss, there might be loose folds of skin on your body or some residual fat on the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. A body lift can address these issues, putting the finishing touches on your new slimmer look.

What to Expect During the Surgical Session

A body lift is usually performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the plastic surgeon’s assessment, you might need to stay overnight at the hospital or return home immediately following the surgery. Those who undergo the body lift must have a person drive them home and stay overnight with them.

Typically, body lift procedures involve a large incision around the hips. There are different techniques used to perform the tummy tuck aspect of the surgery. Some types of tummy tuck procedures involve placing sutures in the deeper levels of the skin after surgery to offer a stronger closure, prevent opening of sutures and pressure on the incision. Also, deeper sutures can make post-surgical marks less noticeable.

Eligibility for This Option

In order to undergo a body lift, you will need to be in a reasonably good state of health. You should not be very overweight, and you’ll need to maintain a stable weight for a few months before you can consider the procedure. Patients are asked to stop smoking and consuming supplements and certain medications before surgery.

After the surgery, you are advised to take things easy and not participate in difficult labor-intensive activities for a few weeks at the least. You will also need a few weeks for recovery, so you’ll need to take time off of work. Patients are required to wear a compression bandage to reduce swelling. Pain can be managed through medications prescribed by your surgeon.

Make an Appointment Today

With the help of board-certified plastic surgeons Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni, you will be able to contour your body comprehensively for a more enviable figure. Contact our office to schedule your helpful consultation.

A More Permanent Answer to Unwanted Hair

Published on August 10, 2017

Tired of going to get your hair waxed off or threaded every two weeks? Sick of shaving, which only makes the hair grow back thicker? Done with hot wax treatments that hurt when stripped off of your arms and legs? Many of these treatments make people spend considerable amounts of money on a monthly basis without even realizing it.

It’s time to open your eyes to laser hair removal. This option is a more permanent answer to those irritating and unwanted hairs on your arms, legs, face, and any other part of your body.

What Is Laser Hair Removal? Why Is It So Popular?

Laser hair removal is a quick and convenient revolutionary way to get rid of those unwanted hairs permanently! You won’t have to make those dreaded frequent and annoying waxing visits every two weeks. You won’t have to avoid sleeveless tops or skirts because you happened to forget to wax those underarms or legs.

Laser hair removal uses controlled and focused highly concentrated beams of light that penetrate through the skin to treat the hair follicles. The pigments in the hair follicles absorb the light from the light beams and this helps to destroy the hair permanently. Once the hair follicle absorbs the light, it cannot grow hair again.

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

• Lasers can help remove unwanted hair growth from the arms, face, legs, back, and numerous other areas in a quick and convenient way.

• The hair removal is permanent, so the hairs won’t come back.

• Lasers won’t damage the surrounding skin but will make sure to get rid of the hair permanently.

• Lasers are very precise and with this high precision will target only the hair follicles and not darken or pigment the surrounding skin or damage the inner or surrounding tissue.

• The laser light pulses travel at the speed of light and can treat and get rid of many hairs in the fraction of a second.

• Hair removal is permanent after just three to six sessions of the laser treatment.

What Is the GentleMax Pro Laser?

The GentleMax Pro laser is one of the most advanced hair-removal lasers on the market today. It uses a combination of the 755nm Alexandrite laser and an equally powerful 1064nm Nd: YAG laser. This laser uses dual-wavelength light pulses and is the fastest hair-removal laser on the market. It is preferred by most specialists.

This laser can help remove hair from all skin types and is completely safe and effective. It doesn’t cause any pain to the patient, and the required recovery time after treatment is typically very short. It works on a 20/22/24 mm Large Spot Delivery System, which means it delivers laser beams and can treat a large spot or area of hair at once.

Set Up a Consultation

Board-certified plastic surgeons Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni are all well-versed in a variety of aesthetic treatments and procedures. To schedule your consultation with a skilled medical professional regarding laser hair removal, contact us today and get started.

VASERlipo Helps Trim Away the Inches

Published on May 15, 2017

Ever wanted to trim away the extra inches instantly and get that sculpted figure? Cosmetic procedures have come a long way and are now more advanced and more effective. Getting a trim and fit figure and removing extra fat is made simple with VASERlipo.


This procedure contours your body by removing fat and adding definition to your natural curves. This is particularly useful if you have already incorporated strict exercise routines and dieting yet have failed to get the results you’ve wanted.

This type of liposuction is only minimally invasive and offers dramatic results; this is the reason why there are so many who vouch by this method. It is a quicker process than most other types of liposuction procedures and is also found to be easier.

What Happens During VASERlipo Treatment?

This is often a one-time treatment and takes only an hour at most to finish. Depending on the fat deposit and the area being treated, longer might be needed, but the process is definitely faster than the normal liposuction process.

Either general or local anesthesia with IV sedation will be used at the start of the procedure. The area to be trimmed will then be targeted with ultrasound energy, causing the liquefying of fat tissue in the target area. The frequency of the energy is set so that no other cells are damaged during the process. The fat tissues are suctioned and removed using a narrow tube.

Benefits of VASERlipo

The fact that the process takes less time than conventional liposuction is one main advantage. In just one session, a large portion of fat can be removed, thus giving very evident results. You can visibly see the effects starting the very next day.

Besides removing the fat cells, the procedure also enhances the body’s natural ability to produce collagen and results in tightening of the loose sagging skin. This is responsible for the natural-looking results given by this procedure.

It is a minimally invasive procedure, so there is no scarring or long recovery times. Recovery time after the procedure is brief. The bruising that follows in the area where the suction tube was inserted is lighter than with other methods of fat removal.

The use of ultrasound and the minute incision done to insert the suction tube make this a very safe procedure to remove fat. The blood loss that occurs during the process is minimal in comparison to other techniques, and overall, it is a much milder method than many other fat-reduction procedures.

Care After the Procedure

Special care instructions must be followed after the procedure to retain the effects and to safely avoid any complications:

• Around 12 hours of rest is required after the procedure.
• Avoid all heavy activities for two or three weeks.
• Wear a compression garment in the area where VASERlipo was done to tighten the skin.
• Stay hydrated and maintain a healthy and natural diet after the procedure as well as before.

There are no complicated post-treatment care instructions here, as the process is pretty simple and less intense than most other liposuction methods.

Get Started Today

Experienced board-certified plastic surgeons Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni will be available to tell you more about your chosen procedure during an informative consultation. Schedule your VASERlipo consultation by contacting our office.

Sick of Hanging Arm Skin?

Published on April 7, 2017

Having hanging upper-arm skin can feel constantly embarrassing. Sometimes, no amount of exercise can correct this upper arm sagging. However, there is a surgical procedure that can resolve the problem: brachioplasty surgery, also known as the arm lift.

Brachioplasty is a cosmetic procedure that helps reduce excessive skin sagging and remove localized fat pockets in the upper arms. The surgery also helps tighten the underlying support tissue, which is responsible for giving shape to your upper arm.

Arm Lift Surgery – Steps

The arm lift surgery begins with the administration of general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.

Following this, incisions are carefully made in the skin of the arm. The pattern and length of these incisions will be determined by the location and amount of excessive skin that needs to be eliminated. Your surgeon may make an incision along the surface of your inner arm or at the back of your arm.

Excess fat and skin are then removed from the area extending from the upper arm to the elbow. The supportive tissue lying beneath the skin is also tightened using internal sutures. The surgery ends with the skin getting redressed on the new arm contours and the incisions being closed using sutures.

Your Recovery Process After an Arm Lift

You should follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully during the recovery period and make sure to not miss any follow-up appointments. Medications are typically prescribed to fasten the healing process.

After brachioplasty surgery, your surgeon will likely apply bandages or dressings onto your incisions. Also, he may wrap your arms in a compression garment or elastic bandage to reduce post-surgical swelling.

In most cases, the brachioplasty procedure is performed during the day and does not require an overnight stay at the facility. Patients may have surgical drains placed beneath the skin. These thin tubes are helpful in draining away any excess fluid or blood. Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions regarding caring for the operated site.

Most arm lift surgery patients report that they were able to get back to work within two weeks of the surgery. If you work in a physically demanding job, then it might take you a bit longer to resume work. It is best to avoid lifting anything heavy for at least six weeks after the surgery.

It is important to understand that each patient heals at their own pace. This is why it is critical to follow the personalized advice offered by your doctor.

Candidates for This Procedure

Aging and heredity can be potential causes of drooping skin, fat, and muscle in the upper arms. If you are experiencing sagging upper arms, an arm lift may be ideal for you. Arm lift surgery is suitable for those who have tried various kinds of exercise and/or diet programs but fail to see any fat reduction or muscle tightening in the upper-arm area.

Long-Lasting Results

Your arm lift surgery results will be long-lasing as long as you make sure to maintain a stable body weight after surgery. Are you ready for sculpted upper arms?

If so, contact our office and schedule your consultation. Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni are board-certified plastic surgeons with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Don’t Be Stuck with Unwanted Spider Veins

Published on February 21, 2017

Have you noticed unsightly and prominent veins on your skin? Spider veins look similar to tree branches in shape and can be either red, purple, or blue in color based on severity. Individuals over the age of 45 to 50 are most likely to be afflicted with these dilated veins.

Spider veins are most prevalent on the legs, and they typically arise with their more sinister counterparts, varicose veins. Varicose veins are normally larger, as they are swollen veins filled with pooled blood. These veins can be fairly normal, but they are also severely unappealing.

Spider veins are mostly harmless, but they could be symptoms of poor blood circulation and varicose vein formation. They decrease the overall aesthetic of the affected area, which can diminish a person’s self-confidence. In rare cases, spider veins have the potential to be harmful.

The Cause of Spider Veins

People who work jobs that involve a lot of standing such as nurses, factory workers, teachers, and shopkeepers are more likely to develop spider veins than other people. This is due to the extra pressure they exert on their leg muscles. Spider veins also arise due to damaged or weak valves in your veins. When your valves do not allow blood to leave the veins, the blood will back up, causing your veins to swell up. This could potentially lead to varicose veins. Individuals with a history of blood clots are also susceptible to spider veins.

Genetics is often one of the best predictors of spider veins. If your parents had or have them, you are very likely to see spider veins crop up now or in the future. Chronological aging also typically leads to spider veins, and this can be a natural sign of aging. Other common symptoms include regular consumption of contraceptive pills, pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, sun exposure (for people with low melanin levels), and obesity, among other factors.

In short, if the pressure in an individual’s veins increases at an above average rate, they are more susceptible to spider veins.

Sclerotherapy for Treatment of Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution into the afflicted vein, causing it to collapse and improving blood flow. The solution is typically a concentrated saline solution. This is the most common treatment option. Sclerotherapy can be used to rectify both varicose and spider veins.

The procedure normally takes around fifteen to thirty minutes to be completed. During the procedure, the saline solution is injected into the veins using a very fine needle. Mild discomfort for a couple of minutes is common, especially when the bigger veins are targeted. You may need multiple sessions to treat and remove all the veins depending on your requirements and health condition.

Schedule Your Consultation

For treatment of your spider veins, it’s vital that you visit a skilled and experienced medical professional. Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni are board-certified plastic surgeons with years of experience. To arrange your consultation, contact our office.

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