Get Beautiful Legs
When it comes to great legs, unfortunately, you’re either born with them or you have to work hard to achieve them. But there’s good news! At the Center For SmartLipo & Plastic Surgery, we offer a range of treatment options to help you combat all of your trouble spots and problem areas.
Common Leg Concerns
Varicose Veins & Spider Veins
Varicose veins and spider veins tend to be an inherited trait that often gets worse with age. Treating these unsightly veins, though, is easier and more affordable than ever before. We offer two types of treatment:
- Laser Spider Vein Treatment: Our lasers are extremely effective for removing spider veins and small clusters of veins along the legs. Treatment is quick, virtually pain free, and delivers fast results.
- Sclerotherapy: For larger veins that bulge, like varicose veins, sclerotherapy is most effective. The doctor will inject a solution into the veins, causing them to collapse and diminish in appearance after a brief period of time.
Shape & Definition
There’s not much you can do about the shape of your legs – even if you work out at the gym all the time. Bulging knees and sagging skin are very responsive to our advanced cosmetic treatments:
- SmartLipo: Laser liposuction is a game changer for both women and men. This advanced cosmetic treatment simultaneously removes fat and tightens skin.
- Vivace: Vivace is a minimally invasive treatment for loose skin. The radio-frequency technology combined with microneedling in this system stimulates collagen production for tighter skin.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are caused by vein reflux disease. Vein Reflux disease causes valves in the vascular system to stop working properly. Valves are one-way flaps that allow blood to flow in one direction through the vascular system. Faulty valves allow blood to flow backward, causing veins to collapse and disturbing the normal flow of blood throughout the body.
Left untreated, blood begins to pool at the site of the collapsed vein causing the veins to swell. As the veins swell, they become visible just below the surface of the skin. These visible veins are referred to as varicose veins.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins, those unsightly clusters of enlarged veins that appear most often on legs and sometimes on the face, can now be effectively treated with laser therapy. Spider veins are usually purple, red, or blue in color and are generally not painful. They are, however, rather unattractive in appearance to the nearly 50% of adult females and a smaller percentage of men in the United States that experience them. These veins are different from varicose veins in that they are smaller and much less painful.
Risk Factors for Varicose Veins
Varicose veins can affect both men and women. Anyone could develop varicose veins, however, there are certain populations at a higher risk. Knowing the risk factors can help patients receive an early diagnosis.
- Sitting or standing for long periods
- Family history of vein reflux disease
- Have other venous conditions
- Pregnant women
- Patients who are overweight
- Elderly patients
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are most commonly visible on the hands and legs. Patients with varicose veins may experience a range of symptoms including:
- Leg pain
- Ankle swelling
- Heaviness in the legs
- Restless legs
- Skin discoloration
- Texture changes in skin
- Open wounds or sores
It is important to seek treatment for varicose veins as soon as possible. Early diagnosis allows for the most effective treatment. Our physicians offer a range of non-invasive procedures that can minimize the appearance of varicose veins.
Varicose Vein Treatment Options
Philadelphia, PA Center for SmartLipo & Plastic Surgery offers sclerotherapy for varicose veins. Spider veins, varicose veins, and reticular veins can be both unsightly and uncomfortable. Dr. Patel offers sclerotherapy, a minimally invasive procedure, to treat these types of veins and restore a smoother appearance to your skin.
Sclerotherapy involves the use of Asclera®, an injectable solution that will cause the treated vein(s) to collapse and diminish in appearance after a brief period. A typical treatment takes approximately 40 minutes, after which patients can resume most daily activities with minor restrictions for the first few days.