Last updated 5 days ago
If you’ve noticed the appearance of enlarged and twisted veins just under the surface of your skin, you have varicose veins. This common condition can be extremely embarrassing. However, varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic concern; they can also indicate a medical problem. If you have varicose veins, consult a cosmetic surgeon about your treatment options.
Causes and Risk Factors
Varicose veins most often appear in the legs. This is because your veins lack a pumping mechanism to move blood up your legs. Instead, blood is propelled upward when the muscles in your legs contract. Blood is prevented from flowing backward with a series of valves in the veins. Varicose veins occur when there is a problem with these valves. This causes the accumulation of blood, creating an enlarged vein. There are numerous risk factors that can increase your chances of developing this cosmetic problem. You are at an increased risk if a family member has varicose veins, if you are overweight or obese, or if you sit for long periods at a time. Pregnancy also significantly increases the risk.
Symptoms and Complications
In addition to the displeasing cosmetic appearance of varicose veins, they can sometimes cause symptoms such as discomfort and pain. Your legs may feel heavy or achy, or they may feel unusually tired. You might also notice persistent itching, swelling, changes in skin color, scaling, and inflammation. Having varicose veins increases your risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition in which a blood clot forms in the vein. If the blood clot breaks free, it can cause a life-threatening condition such as pulmonary embolism.
Fortunately, varicose veins are easily treated at a cosmetic surgeon’s office. Traditionally, invasive surgery was required to strip the veins out of the body. Now, cosmetic surgeons can employ a minimally invasive technique called endovenous laser therapy to seal the vein and prevent blood pooling.
At Meadows Surgical Arts, our cosmetic surgery team is pleased to offer minimally invasive endovenous therapy for varicose veins. Residents of the Commerce area who are concerned about varicose veins are encouraged to schedule a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon right away. You can connect with our cosmetic surgery practice by calling (888) 705-3240 or via our website.
Last updated 11 days ago
You may not think of laser light as a treatment for damage caused by the sun, but laser brown spot removal is actually a highly effective procedure for the removal of unsightly moles, freckles, or sun spots. As the laser light penetrates the skin, it reaches deep layers where discoloration occurs. By scarring these cells, the laser creates a reaction in the skin that produces healthy new cells. Over time, the spots lighten in color, creating a more even tone in the skin. Treatment may target the skin of the face, hands, arms, or neck. You may get the results you want in a single treatment, or you can have repeated treatments to completely eliminate stubborn dark spots.
Meadows Surgical Arts offers laser brown spot removal in addition to a wide range of surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures in Commerce. To schedule an appointment for your non-surgical cosmetic skincare, call (888) 705-3240 or visit us online.
Last updated 18 days ago
Whether you suffer from type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it is important to take a proactive position in your health management to prevent common complications from these conditions. Without preventive measures, diabetes can lead to kidney disease, stroke, heart disease, glaucoma, and diabetic neuropathy. Each of these conditions can seriously diminish your quality of life, so you should take these healthy steps before any problems arise.
Enjoy Whole Grains and Fruits
Your diet should be focused on foods with a low glycemic index. These foods will take longer to digest, keeping you full longer and helping to stabilize your blood sugar. If you frequently enjoy dishes like pasta or sandwiches, you should opt for whole grain options in your bread and pasta. Instead of drinking fruit juices, have a whole piece of fruit so that you get more fiber with the natural sugar of the fruit.
Get More Exercise Into Your Day
Staying physically active will be beneficial for your glucose levels and your weight management. If you think you do not have the time to dedicate to an exercise routine, get creative with your workouts. Do jumping jacks at your desk, take the stairs more often, or dance around the house as you do your daily chores.
Visit Your Doctor Regularly
If you do not monitor your health, you may not know if your lifestyle choices are paying off. Therefore, you should see your primary care provider on a regular basis to check your blood sugar and other vital signs that could indicate potential complications with your diabetes.
Limit Alcohol and Quit Smoking
Alcohol is problematic for patients with diabetes because it leads to blood sugar spikes. If you drink, you should cut back so that you only indulge on special occasions. You should quit smoking altogether, as cigarette smoking is a risk factor for many diabetes complications.
Meadows Surgical Arts provides primary care with diabetes management through our Northeast Georgia office, and we can help you stay healthy for life. To schedule an appointment with our nurse practitioner, Shannon Chatman, visit our website or call us at (888) 705-3240.
Last updated 27 days ago
If you are considering cosmetic skin treatments but want subtle results, microdermabrasion may be the perfect treatment for you. Microdermabrasion removes only the outermost layer of skin to allow moisturizers and cleansers to penetrate deeper into the skin.
As you will learn in this video, the result of microdermabrasion is more even skin tone and increased softness. With repeated treatments, microdermabrasion can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as dark spots and acne.
For a look at microdermabrasion and more dramatic cosmetic procedures, call Meadows Surgical Arts at (888) 705-3240 for a consultation. We provide excellent cosmetic surgery care for the face and body through our Commerce practice.