SclerotherapyAuthor: Dr. Gordon Sasaki
In the facial area, patients generally are concerned about acne rosacea. The vascular component of acne rosacea consists of flushing on the cheeks, nose or chin that becomes exacerbated with exercise, temperature fluctuations, hormonal changes, and the effects from alcoholic beverages and certain foods. Acne rosacea is believed to have a genetic background that is potentiated by sun damage and stress. At times the sebaceous oil glands become more active and increase in size, leading to localized pain, infection, and distortions. Acne rosacea can be controlled by a strict regimen of effective sun screen protectors, gentle skin cleansers, and at times topical and oral antibiotics. For some, topical MetroGel may reduce the presence of vessels and calm down acne. These medically-based skin care services, provided by the skin care specialists in the Sasaki InnoVessence SkinCare Center, are coordinated with PhotoFacial® High Intensity Light treatments at the advanced Nurse Injection and Device Center to manage more effectively this challenging problem. Small linear dilated blood vessels, called telangiectasias, that are located especially around the nose, can be eliminated by the use of a dedicated vascular laser that heats and collapses these annoying vessels.
Dr. Gordon H. Sasaki
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If you are self-conscious of the vessels on your face and nose as well as those tiny vessels on your legs and ankles that are apparent when wearing shorter garments, then Dr. Sasaki, his registered nurses, and skin care specialists can address these issues. The vessels on your legs and ankles are the next consideration. Blood flow in the veins of your lower extremity travel from the skin surface to larger and deeper veins through a series of one way valves. The deeper veins are located between the calf and thigh muscles that behave as a “second heart” because they propel the slow moving blood towards your heart. Sometimes these valves weaken due to your genetic background, aging, weight gain, pregnancy, or infections. The flow of blood reverses toward the skin surface, producing varicose veins that bulge outward especially in standing and sitting positions. Large and numerous varicose veins can cause the legs and feet to ache and produce swelling. Symptomatic varicose veins should be evaluated by a recommended Vein Center for possible laser occlusion rather than vein stripping. Dr. Sasaki and his registered nurses can then reduce the smaller reddish and purplish colored spider veins in your skin by sclerotherapy.
Dr. Sasaki and his registered nurses inject a painless, but irritating solution, called aethoxysklerol (sclerotherapy) , into your spider veins through a very fine needle. In a short time, the vessel walls collapse, getting rid of the vein clusters. A temporary compression dressing is immediately applied to the injected sites, followed by a compression garment. Sclerotherapy may require repeated treatments to control and eliminate annoying vessels.
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