By Dr. Brian Feinstein
Soft curves on long legs are undeniably sexy. Legs define sexy. Throughout history, societies have viewed the female leg as a symbol of health and beauty.
Covered by some and flaunted by other, the legs of a woman are undeniably attractive. So what happens when one tries to age gracefully by using cosmetic fillers and aesthetic lasers? The answer is from the waste up, they look as young as they feel, but from the waist down….well, that is another story.
The legs age differently than other areas. Their age is revealed through a vast network of interconnecting veins that migrate to the surface. These are known as varicose and telangectatic leg veins. Whether it be a genetic predisposition, a function of previous pregnancies, or a hormonal influence of estrogen or progesterone supplementation. The fact is that women do not feel sexy when they have blue and purple road maps running up and down their legs.
Varicose and telangectatic leg veins increase in extent and severity with increasing age. Hipocrates made this observation more than 2000 years ago. As with most physical diseases of that time, offerings to the gods for help comprised the earliest method of treating varicose veins and leg telangiectasias. The evolution of safe and effective treatments options has occurred over time. In 2009, we have a host of different treatment options that are both safe and effective. Some of which include lasers, sclerotherapy, and ambulatory phlebectomy. The utilization of important diagnostic modalities has made the treatment of leg veins a simple office procedure that can be done with little to no downtime. Sclerotherapy is done with just a few simple injections. Laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) or broadband Light (BBL) therapy have a synergistic effect when used in combination with sclerotherapy. When used in combination with compression therapy, the signs of leg veins can be removed completely.
The foundation of modern sclerotherapy treatment options began in the early 1900’s. The biologic complexity of aging skin has only recently become fully understood. As such, we look at treatment options that the Greeks Gods could only dream of. They are now both safe and effective. So the days of unsightly varicose veins are now a thing of the past. A woman can once again feel sexy.
Dr. Brian Feinstein is a Diplomat of the National Board and Double Board-Certified in Dermatology & Family Medicine. He served as Chief Resident for the Department of Dermatology and again as Chief Resident for the Department of Family Medicine. He has lectured nationally and published multiple articles in archived medical journals. He was awarded Resident of the Year for Dermatology and recipient of the prestigious Clinical Service Award from his graduating class. Specializing in Cosmetic and Surgical Dermatology, including skin cancer and laser surgery. Offering a full line of cosmetic services, such as Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse, BLU-U, and cosmetic laser procedures.
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