Make Your Spider Veins A Thing of the Past

There's a long list of youthful desires we have as we age. This post from Allure.com goes over different treatments we can do for immediate results. One item on the list targeted the neck, and we at Radiance Medspa in Atlanta have a solution for you. Here's what Allure had to say about achieving a more youthful looking neck.

"If dermatologists and aestheticians wore black capes instead of white coats, you might mistake them for magicians. The experts wave infrared wands and prescribe seemingly supernatural ingredients, radically reversing signs of aging. But they also have subtler, more nuanced tricks up their sleeves. In a matter of hours, and sometimes minutes, doctors can perform quick, comfortable procedures that leave you looking brighter, tauter, and years younger. Believe it or not, they can even refine the shape of your nose (with absolutely no skin off it). Sun spots, spider veins, droopy jowls, dullness—now you see them, now you don't.

Sclerotherapy—the procedure that can eliminate spider veins and the leaky blood vessels that cause them—was once the literal equivalent of rubbing salt in a wound. "Before, we had to use a saline solution that stings and is extremely painful," says dermatologist Amy Forman Taub. But the latest alternative procedures, which involve injecting veins to inflame them, close them, and allow the body to absorb them, have made real advances in the past few years. "Newer detergent-like drugs such as Asclera and Sotradecol are just as effective as saline but don't cause as much discomfort," Taub says. (Doctors use a tiny needle "the width of a strand of hair," says dermatologist Arielle Kauvar.) "It's a very quick, very effective procedure that covers a lot of territory," says Taub. There's no downtime, but that doesn't mean there are no side effects: There is often bruising, some redness, and a bit of swelling in the veins, which compression stockings can help minimize. Sometimes patients see brown staining from inflamed veins that can last for several months."