GentleYag® Laser Vein Removal

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 | 2 comments

If you are in your early 30’s, and you are already suffering from either varicose veins or spider veins – you are not alone!  50 to 55 percent of women suffer from some type of vein problem, and so does 40 percent of men, believe it or not.   Women are just more susceptible because of the type of work we do, and the shoes we wear.  Constant standing using high heels make us more prone to either having varicose or spider veins.  Other contributing factor may include ageing, obesity, pregnancy, sedentary lifestyle, exposure to the sun and genetic predisposition. Luckily, in this time and age, there are available treatments to lessen the discomfort that varicose veins and spider veins are causing.  Sclerotherapy is still the gold standard for varicose vein removal.  It takes technical skill to perform this procedure with a board certified dermatologist.  For smaller spider veins, GentleYag Pro (In the GentleMax Pro Platform) is the best treatment, which is now available at Skin House Beauty and Laser Clinic.   Our Syneron Candela GentleYAG (part of the GentleMax Platform) 1064nm Laser is most effective treating small to medium size superficial veins. Areas most often treated are the face and lower body. Most people need between 1-3 laser vein treatments for optimal treatment for spider veins. Cherry Angiomas usually respond after 1 treatment, but occasionally need a retreatment for larger, more raised lesions. Before deciding, here are some frequently ask questions regarding the causes, and treatments available for better understanding of varicose veins and spider veins in general.   What are spider veins? Spider veins are small, twisted blood vessels that are closer to the surface of the skin that varicose veins.  They may be red, purple, or blue and can be found on the legs and face, and can be seen either in a very small or very large area of the skin.  They can look like tree branches or spiderweb patterns, thus, the name “spider veins”.   What causes spider/varicose veins? Healthy veins carry blood with oxygen and nutrients from our legs, arms, and other parts of our body back to our heart through a series of one-way valves. These valves allow blood to flow in the correct way from superficial veins to deeper veins and back to the heart. The vessels are surrounded by muscles, which contract and help pump blood back to the heart. Normally the veins have a one-way valve to prevent backflow. As our body ages, the valves in our veins weaken, and blood can collect/pool inside the veins.  As blood collects within the vein, pressure builds and vessel wall weakens.  Consequently, the vein tends to bulge and twist, or cause our veins to enlarge and become more visible. This is especially true of veins in the legs and ankles, which have to work against gravity to carry blood up to the heart.   Can varicose vein or spider vein cause serious complications? Varicose vein can be an eyesore, but they rarely pose a serious health threat. Rarely, they may cause ulcers (large sores in the skin) especially near the ankles. Varicose...

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BOTOX 101

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 | 23 comments

Can you see deep lines in between your eyes?  Do you have deep frown lines, crow’s feet or prominent jaw?  If you have one of these most common facial concerns of men and women, you are probably a candidate for BOTOX®.  Read more to learn about the frequently asked questions. BOTOX® injected to the jaw can reduce the overall size of the masseter muscle, for improved facial appearance and relaxed jaw muscles. This can be used as treatment for TMJ with advised of the Dentist. In some ethnicities like Korean and Chinese, women have a propensity to develop “squarish” or prominent jaw. Only few certified dermatologists have the skill to perform Botox in the Masseter or Jaw in a safe and effective manner.  It is best to come in for consultation and to ask the dermatologist the extent of his or her experience in doing this type of procedure.  Ask for before and after photos of previous clients.  Half of the face is usually covered or cropped for confidentiality.       * The following photos are provided for reference only.  Actual before and after photo will be shown in the clinic.  Usually 50 units are used for the jaw or masseter. You will appreciate that the BOTOX® for jaw reduction is relatively painless. It takes skill and technique to provide this in a relatively painless manner. It will be done in a sterile room, in about 15 to 20 minutes only.  You can go back to work right away since it is a non invasive procedure. If you have always longed for a smaller, more delicate feature, you would want to consider this treatment.  It is more affordable now, than it was before when it first came out in the market.  Patients typically notice softening of the masseter muscle at one week and softening of the jawline at 6 weeks. Some researchers have noticed permanent changes to the jawline after 2-3 treatments. However, it is reasonable for patients to expect long term benefit but not permanent changes. For frown lines, glabellar lines and crow’s feet, the same treatment shall apply with lesser units to be used. Botox will be administered by a board certified dermatologist, and injected into the muscles. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.Due to the improvement in style and technique, you don’t need to worry about the “frozen look”.  BOTOX® now is done in a more natural way.  Some lines may still remain, but the ones that are bothersome will be softened to make the face look more youthful.  Furthermore, studies seem to show that long term treatment with Botox in regular dosages give long term results.  This is advisable as preventive measure in developing fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. All our equipments and supplies are original and authentic.  The patient has the option to use Allergan (US Brand) or Botulax.   Questions to ask before undergoing Botox 1.  Be sure to have Botox performed by a Board Certified Dermatologist or Cosmetic Surgeon. 2.  Ask if the Dermatologist or the Cosmetic Surgeon has...

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