Capitol Vein Blog

Friday, October 6, 2017

What is Micro-Needling?

      Is Micro-Needling Right for me?
       Micro-needling, (aka Collagen Induction Therapy) is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that uses a device containing fine needles. It has been a standard procedure in Europe for decades. The tiny needles are used to puncture the surface of the skin to create a controlled injury. Each puncture creates a channel triggering the body to heal and fill these microscopic wounds by producing collagen and elastin. 
       Results offer improvement in skin texture, firmness, and overall appearance.  

       Micro-Needling is also effective at reducing scars and discoloration on photo aged skin.     This treatment has become one of our favorite "anti- aging & skin polishing" techniques to improve the skin’s overall appearance and quality.  

      What will I feel?

      Your skin will be numbed with a topical agent for 20-30 minutes prior to treatment, making microneedling virtually pain free.    You will feel and hear the vibration of the device as it moves across your skin.
      After your treatment, your skin will be red and feel warm/ hot.  Some people claim they feel like they have a sunburn.  This is normal and will kick start your skin into "healing" mode to produce collagen & elastin.  
      Are Microneedling treatments safe?

       The difference between receiving a Micro-Needling treatment in a medical office and using a Derma Roller at home is significant.  Treatments performed in a medical office are done in a controlled setting by a medical professional.  Derma Rollers used at home do not have controlled puncture depths, are not sterilized and put you at  risk for infection.  Micro-Needling is not a "one size fits all" treatment.  The device used in our office has different depth settings that are adjusted in order to customize treatments for each patient. This reduces down time and optimized your results.
       What can I expect after treatment?

      One of the many reasons patients choose this treatment is because there is little to no downtime. You will be red immediately after treatment, but typically this resolves in 1-2 days.  Mild swelling can also occur and usually lasts less than 24 hours.  It is important to remember that each patient is different and each healing process is different.  Our Micro-Needling device can be used all over the body, but the face, neck, and chest are the most treated areas.  
      For more information on how Micro Needling can benefit you, call to schedule your consult with one of our highly educated and experienced providers.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Learn How Medical Advances Allow Optimal Varicose Vein Treatment

New techniques that allow more precise and accurate treatment of varicose veins are facilitated by advances in ultrasound technology. As our ability to closely examine vein segments in the legs has increased by using ultrasound, we can detect the causes of surface veins and help our patients achieve long lasting benefit. Old stories of painful vein stripping are of historical interest only, as our ability to better image the vascular system allows us to give you optimal results.

Normal vein flow in the leg transports blood from the foot and ankle to the thigh and groin, and then to the heart, against the steady pressure of gravity pushing downward. Veins maintain normal flow by the presence of one-way valves that prevent backflow. However, if these valves weaken, they cannot resist gravity’s inexorable push downward, and blood begins to flow backward.

As the vein pressure increases, surface leg veins begin to bulge and the common symptoms of aching, heaviness, throbbing or itching ensue. Some of these veins lead to blood clots and skin damage and even ulcer formation.

Fortunately, treatments is safe, highly effective and durable. Patients are first evaluated using advanced ultrasound technology so we can see the very fine vein valves and determine where they are working well and where they are failing. Commonly, the saphenous vein is the source of backpressure, and we direct treatment so that backflow is eliminated and normal vein flow up the leg is maintained.

The most tried and tested procedure to normalize vein flow is to use a heated wire, inserted through the vein, to painlessly seal the malfunctioning segments. This procedure, VNUS Closure, is performed under local anesthesia and allows immediate return to normal activity with little discomfort. As the backflow in the veins is eliminated, symptoms resolve and long lasting benefit is achieved. Surface veins that remain after VNUS Closure are simply removed using micro-phlebectomy, again an office based technique that often allows immediate return to normal activity.

Treatment of varicose veins is best done before permanent skin changes or dangerous clots form.  If you are concerned about the status of your varicose veins, seek the advice of an experienced vascular surgeon who will answer your questions and individualize your treatment plan. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Are DIY Skin Care Treatments Really Beneficial?

Sure it's cool, crafty and budget friendly to take on DIY projects and online tutorials!  
But is creating your own skin care products good for your skin?  
Being an aesthetician for the past 10 years, I have seen so many homemade recipes for skin care. Some scare me and some just make me laugh. There’s the Miracle Whip mask, the hemorrhoid cream under eye treatment, and of course the emergency Windex spritz for the poorly timed pimple (you did see the original "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" didn’t you?) 

Ingredients from your kitchen combined to treat your skin are not stable ingredients. By that I mean they will spoil very rapidly which in turn means you are slathering bacteria onto your pretty face. This will definitely not give you the results you were hoping for.  

Another important point is that plastic food containers and recycled pickle jars are no substitute for professional packaging. Potent skin care products need to be protected. Sometimes that comes as a preservative (as soon as water is introduced as an ingredient, a preservative is mandatory). More often with today’s quality products, airless packaging is used to prevent oxidation and other processes that degrade a product’s integrity. You can’t replicate that in your kitchen.  Professional products have been formulated in a lab at a specific molecular weight so that the active ingredients can penetrate and reach cells that can benefit and improve your skin. This is not possible with a DIY recipe from Pinterest. 

So save the eggs for a delicious quiche!  That egg white mask from Pinterest is only sitting on the surface of your skin.  Real improvement and change occurs deeper than your skin's surface.  
Make your own window cleaner, not your own facial cleanser.
Want personalized guidance on the products best for your skin?  Schedule a complimentary consultation and skin analysis with our master aesthetician Tammy Grove.  866.695.8346