Are You Getting Pregnancy Spider Veins?

You’re pregnant, and you just noticed you are developing spider veins, those annoying little red or bluish veins that appear mostly on the legs (though sometimes they will show up on the face or elsewhere on your body). What causes these squiggly little lines to appear during pregnancy? They are not pretty, but don’t worry, they are mostly harmless. During pregnancy, your overall blood volume increases, but the rate at which blood flows from your legs to your pelvis decreases.

What Causes Spider Veins During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy spider veins appear as your uterus grows larger every month, putting pressure on the inferior vena cava, that large vein on the right side of your body that carries blood from the legs and feet to the heart. This in turn increases the blood pressure in the veins in your legs, sometimes causing spider veins or varicose veins to make an appearance.

Just as genetics can predispose you to developing stretch marks during pregnancy, spider veins can be a result of your genetics as well. Fortunately, they are often just a temporary inconvenience, improving within three to four months after baby arrives. If you develop pregnancy spider veins, there are a few things you can do to help reduce their appearance.

How to Avoid or Reduce Pregnancy Spider Veins

Pregnancy Spider Veins

• Eat healthy fiber. In addition to helping with constipation during pregnancy, filling up on fiber can help keep things moving along, and you can get plenty with whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables, which are not only good for you, but healthy for baby, too.

• Get your C! A healthy pregnancy diet includes lots of vitamin C, which your body uses to make collagen and elastin, two very important elements that help maintain and repair veins.

• Keep moving. If you are forced to stand for long periods of time, shift your weight often, and try to sit for a few minutes every hour or so, or take a short walk if possible. Staying fit during pregnancy may help stave off pregnancy spider veins, too. Exercise will keep your circulation flowing and improve leg strength and vein stability. Walking, running (if doctor approved!), body weight exercises, and strength training are all good options, if done correctly and with the proper precautions. Always check with your doctor first.

• Uncross those legs! Crossing your legs restricts the flow of blood and can be a main factor in what causes spider veins. Elevate your legs when possible to ease circulation. Use a couple of extra pillows when napping or sleeping at night to help take the pressure off your legs. This can also help with swollen ankles, a condition many pregnant women face.

• If you have pregnancy spider veins, treatment options are available, including sclerotherapy, but you will need to plan this procedure for after baby arrives. Your doctor injects the spider veins with a solution that closes those veins, causing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. In a few weeks, treated spider veins will usually fade.

For questions about treatment for pregnancy spider veins, our other services, or to schedule an appointment, call the Denver Vein Center at (303) 777-8346 today. We look forward to speaking with you.

Brilliant Distinctions & CoolSculpting Are Now Partners

Brilliant Distinctions is a rewards program whereby you can earn points that will help you save money on your favorite aesthetic products at participating medical cosmetic procedure providers. This is the only program that rewards you with instant savings on Allergan aesthetic treatments and products, like BOTOX® Cosmetic. CoolSculpting is new, safe, state-of-the-art technology which effectively eliminates unwanted fat cells in targeted areas of the body, giving you the opportunity to sculpt your curves the way you want them. Denver Vein Center is pleased to announce the partnership of Brilliant Distinctions and CoolSculpting, to offer you the opportunity to earn points toward discounts on future treatments every time you visit our facility.

CoolSculpting Denver

An effective and popular alternative to liposuction, CoolSculpting has been used in millions of successful treatments performed worldwide, providing lasting and undeniable results using unique controlled cooling technology. These safe procedures, which require no down time or unnecessary surgery, take approximately one hour per session and are extremely effective in removing unsightly bulges of fat that have proven resistant to diet and exercise.

The beauty of this noninvasive procedure is that it not only does away with the need for surgery, but it results in permanent fat loss. We all have a certain amount of fat cells in our bodies. These fat cells will change size as we gain and lose weight (they become larger with weight gain and smaller with weight loss), but will still remain present in our bodies. However, when these fat cells are frozen through the process of cool sculpting, our bodies will eventually flush them out, totally eliminating them. The results are proven, noticeable, and lasting. Scientific studies, over 5,500 clinical trials and more than 4,000,000 procedures are evidence of the effectiveness of CoolSculpting procedures.

For questions about Brilliant Distinctions and CoolSculpting or any of our other services, or to schedule an appointment, call the Denver Vein Center at (303) 777-8346 today. We are very pleased to be able to offer our patients the Brilliant Distinctions rewards program and the dynamic, incredible results available using the fat freezing CoolSculpting technology to eliminate areas of stubborn, unwanted fat. Reach out to us today; we look forward to helping you achieve your best look ever.

Varicose and Spider Vein Laser Treatment for Summer

Are you thinking about spider vein laser treatment for the summer? We know summer time is the time when a lot of people look forward to shedding their warm winter clothing and breaking out the shorts, sundresses, skirts, and sandals. What we aren’t looking forward to though, is breaking out our spider veins and varicose veins that we have been hiding over the winter. Good news…you can get rid of these unsightly, painful veins and gain the confidence to bare your legs this summer by getting laser varicose vein removal or spider vein laser treatment just in time for summer. We offer both of these services at Denver Vein Center!

Varicose Veins Laser Removal

Everyone deserves to enjoy the summer time and you should feel comfortable wearing summer clothing. Most types of summer clothing tend to show off a little more of your skin and in turn, that could mean showing off more of your spider veins or varicose veins. Varicose vein or spider vein laser treatment has been a popular option and can provide you with the results you have been wanting, just in time summer. Remember when spending time in the sun, that applying sunscreen should always be in your summer routine. It is possible that exposure to the sun can be a cause for spider veins in the nose and cheeks (among other factors), so let’s be sure to keep our skin protected.

Both men and woman are invited to try our varicose vein or spider vein laser treatment services this summer season. When booking an appointment for any type of vein removal services, be sure that you are going to a board-certified specialist in order to receive the proper treatment. At the Denver Vein Center, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a nationally recognized, board-certified, experienced professionals. Men and women are welcome to come to us for help with your spider veins and varicose veins and get the laser treatment you deserve.

If you are ready to shed your winter clothing and jump into summer but are feeling timid to show off your unsightly spider or varicose veins, remember we can help. We offer the most advanced forms of sclerotherapy and laser vein removal at our clinic to achieve the results that make our clients happy. Spider vein laser treatment can have your legs ready for the summer sun within a few short weeks but don’t forget the sun screen!
Varicose Veins Laser Removal
For questions about laser varicose vein removal, spider vein laser removal or any of our other services, or to schedule an appointment, call the Denver Vein Center at (303) 777-8346 today and let us help you get ready for summer!

Laser Hair Removal for Summer

During the summer months, many people look for ways to remove unwanted facial and body hair. With more skin exposed by wearing shorts, sleeveless tops, and bathing suits, many women opt for hair removal that lasts longer than shaving, and many men look for permanent hair removal from places like backs, necks, and shoulders.
Laser Hair Removal Treatments
Hair can grow at different rates on different parts of the body, and most people need anywhere from six to ten laser hair removal sessions to receive optimal results. Although it is not necessary to completely avoid or stop laser hair removal during the summer months, you may want to plan ahead. It is best to avoid direct sunlight for two weeks prior to a laser hair removal treatment as well as two weeks post treatment to avoid possible complications like blistering and a change in skin pigmentation. Regular use of sunscreen with SPF30 or more and daily moisturizing is beneficial, and the application of topical vitamin E oil may also help protect your skin from damage.

Denver Vein Center offers laser hair removal services for both men and women. The number of treatments you will require will vary, depending on the thickness of your hair and its growth cycle, as well as the area or areas that are treated. With the latest in 21st century laser hair removal technology like the GoolGlide and ProWave Laser Systems, we are able to treat large areas quickly and efficiently all over the body, including legs, arms, neck, underarms, and back.

Other areas that can be treated for permanent hair reduction include the face, chest, nipples, and bikini line. The benefits of these systems include the safe and effective treatment of those with light, dark, or tanned skin, and are rapidly becoming the most popular method of hair removal, in part due to the lack of pain medication required.

Facial Hair Removal

For questions about laser hair removal or any of our other services, or to schedule an appointment, call the Denver Vein Center at (303) 777-8346 today and let us help you get ready for summer!

CoolSculpting Denver

For those stubborn fat bulges that resist a healthy diet and exercise, CoolSculpting at Denver Vein may be the answer for you. CoolSculpting is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical treatment to eliminate fat using controlled cooling or “fat freezing.” Denver Vein offers the CoolSculpting procedure which targets fat cells underneath the skin using a gentle and effective, precisely controlled cooling treatment. Treated fat cells are crystalized (frozen) and then die. Over time, the body naturally processes the fat and eliminates the dead fat cells leaving a more sculpted look. The FDA has approved the CoolSculpting treatment for the abdomen, sides (love handles), inner thighs, outer thighs, and for the stubborn double chin.  Remember when searching for CoolSculpting, Denver Vein is certified and has undergone training to ensure that you get the best results.

The CoolSculpting treatment came about after scientists at Harvard University observed that some children who ate popsicles got dimples in their cheeks. This led the scientists to determine the popsicles were freezing and eliminating small pockets of fat cells. Further study and research led to the theory that cold can target fat cells, without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue, leading to insight behind Cryolipolysis, the science of freezing fat and eliminating it, upon which the CoolSculpting treatment is based.

CoolSculpting, Denver Vein’s fat reduction procedure, is noninvasive and is the perfect treatment for getting ready for the spring and summer seasons.  During the procedure, CoolSculpting technology uses cold energy to treat the affected area, effectively targeting fat cells which are frozen and die off. Only the targeted fat cells are affected, leaving your skin, nerves, blood vessels, and other tissue intact. In the weeks that follow, your body naturally eliminates the dead fat cells through the body’s waste process.

The CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure actually reduces the number of fat cells in the treated area by about 20% to 25%. The results from CoolSculpting at Denver Vein are notably different than losing weight. Losing weight does not change the number of fat cells in the body, which typically becomes a fixed number in our teenage years. Losing weight simply makes the fat cells smaller, and the number of fat cells does not decrease. With CoolSculpting, however, the fat cells in the treated area are eliminated over time, and those treated fat cells are gone forever, leaving a more sculpted you!

For CoolSculpting, Denver Vein is a certified practice.  This means that we have been through the proper training to perform the procedure. We have a comprehensive understanding of the technology and how the procedure works.  For more information on CoolSculpting, to view our CoolSculpting Specials or to schedule an appointment, call The Denver Vein Center today at (303) 777-8346.


At Denver Vein Center, Dr. Norton is a vein specialist that believes continuing medical education is one of the most important factors you can do as a medical professional. Continuing medical education consists of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession.

Denver Vein is a treatment center that is proud to be certified by a number of prominent medical associations, such as the American Medical Association. Such accreditation is important for a vein specialist and to others in the medical field, and at Denver Vein, Dr. Norton is the recipient of numerous distinctions, certifications, and accreditations in her specialty.

Being a vein doctor that has the proper certifications to practice in their field and specialty, tells patients that the doctor is a competent and a well-qualified practitioner.  It also lets the client know that the doctor engages in continued medical training and study in the ever-changing world of medicine, and that they follow the highest standards of medical care and practice in their area of expertise.

As a vein specialist, Dr. Norton continues to strive to stay on top of new technologies, learning new techniques as they are introduced so she can provide her patients with the best treatment possible.

One of the many notable achievements earned by Dr. Norton is the title of “Fellow”, bestowed upon her from the American College of Surgeons. The letters FACS behind her name indicate she is a not only a vein specialist but a surgeon whose education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed rigorous evaluation, and are consistent with the high standards of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The ACS is a scientific and educational association of surgeons founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.

As a vein doctor and as a member of the American College of Phlebology, she stays up-to-date on venous disease best practices and medical news specific to vein-related treatments. Dr. Norton is also a member of the Colorado Medical Society and Denver Medical Society, both institutions that demand and promote the best in their members.

As a surgeon and vein specialist, Dr. Norton takes a hands-on approach to her practice.  In 2011, Dr. Norton obtained her Registered Vascular Technician (RVT) accreditation and her RPVI accreditation as a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation. Both certifications are instrumental designations for conducting ultrasounds, which she performs personally in the office. Dr. Norton feels it is important that from the beginning, she is the one seeing the patient anatomy and diagnosing the problem.

Dr. Norton continues to strive to stay on top of new technologies, learning new techniques as they are introduced so she can provide her patients with the best treatment possible and be the best vein specialist.

In April of 2017, Dr. Norton will be attending Ultrasound Hands on Training and the International Vein Congress.  Both of these events are important educational programs designed specifically for physicians who are seeking to continue to grow in the field of varicose veins.

An experienced and accomplished doctor, surgeon, and venous specialist, Dr. Norton of the Denver Vein Center represents the best in her field.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call The Denver Vein Center at (303) 777-8346, and find relief today.

Facial Veins

Facial veins, like spider veins or broken capillaries, are usually harmless, but may pose a cosmetic concern for those that have them. The red or bluish thread-like veins can appear anywhere on the face, but typically on the nose, cheeks, and forehead. Though this issue can affect anyone, it is most commonly seen in fair-skinned women and appear around age 40.

Facial Veins

The two most common causes for facial veins are genetics and sun exposure, which can be more intense for those living in higher altitudes, like Denver residents. Other causes can include aging, hormones, trauma or pressure, and rosacea.

If you suffer from broken facial capillaries affecting your skin and appearance, there is help. Denver Vein Center offers vein removal treatments for the face. Facial veins can be removed very effectively through two means, sclerotherapy and laser therapy.

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive medicinal procedure that has been around for decades. It eliminates veins through the injection of a solution directly into the vein. The solution causes the vein to collapse by irritating the lining of the blood vessels, and reroutes the blood to healthier veins. Eventually the collapsed blood vessel scars and is it absorbed into the tissue, fading from view.

Laser vein removal has also been around for many decades, and with each year come greater advances in technology to help treat a variety of skin conditions. For facial veins, a focused beam of light targets the vein, heating it up, and destroying it. Similar to sclerotherapy, the scarred vein is reabsorbed into the surrounding tissue and eventually disappears.

If you would like to get rid of those unsightly broken capillaries on your face, Dr. Norton and her talented team at Denver Vein Center can determine which treatment is best for you. For more information about our facial vein treatments, call us Center at (303) 777-8346, and find relief today.

Compression Stockings: Uses & Benefits

While compression stockings or socks have a clear medical benefit for those at risk of blood clots in the legs, they are becoming more and more popular these days. It’s not uncommon to see athletes, like runners or basketball players, wearing them to facilitate blood flow. Pilots, aircrew members, and passengers on long-haul flights wear them to reduce the risk of blood clots and combat swelling from inactivity.

How Compression Stockings Work

Compression stockings help increase circulation by forcing blood flow from the feet back toward the heart. Blood in the body is subject to the effects of gravity, like everything else, and using compression stockings promotes blood flow.

Many people can benefit from their use, but for those with serious medical issues such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), the benefits are great. People with venous leg ulcers, leg swelling, and those with circulation problems can also benefit from compression stockings.

The benefits of compression stocking:

  • Improves blood flow
  • Prevents blood from pooling in the legs
  • Decreases the risk of blood clots
  • Reduces leg swelling
  • Improves the flow of fluid to cells (known as lymph)
  • Reduces muscular and skeletal stress
  • Improves symptoms of vein disease

Compression stockings also help reduce the symptoms of varicose veins and spider veins, such as fatigue, swelling, itching, burning, and leg cramps. They are particularly helpful for pregnant women. With swelling and varicose veins effects from pregnancy, compression stockings can come in handy by keeping blood flow steady and squeezing the areas of the leg, feet, and ankle where buildup of fluid in the tissue can occur.

Other groups that can benefit from compression stockings include those who spend a lot of time on their feet. Nurses, teachers, servers, tellers, flight attendants and others who stand all day and are subject to leg fatigue can gain a measure of comfort from their use.

All insurance companies require patients to trial compression stockings prior to treatment for varicose veins. The range of time required is anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months. Anyone interested in seeking treatment for varicose veins, should trial compression stockings first.

Because of all the medical benefits, and the comfort that they can provide, Denver Vein Center now sells Medi brand compression stockings. To learn more about the type and thickness of compression stocking that is right for you, call Denver Vein Center at (303) 777-8346, and find relief today.

Meet Our Staff

There are several things that set the Denver Vein Center apart from our competition. Among them are the length of time our staff has served our many patients, the education our staff members have acquired and the heart with which they serve.

Longevity. Three of our five staff members have been with the Denver Vein Center for over 10 years. Two others have been with us for over three years. We know our patients and are invested in their outcomes. This is especially important with the cosmetic part of the business. We connect with our patients, know what they want and don’t have to be re-educated every time they come in.

Education. We have two Registered Nurses (RN) and one Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) that do all of our cosmetic procedures. Having a qualified healthcare professional doing these procedures is very important to us. One of our nurses is a national trainer for Allergan, the makers of Botox, Juvederm & Voluma, three products we utilize in our clinic. She has also trained other nurses and technicians on fillers and lasers. Another nurse has been with us for 10 years and has trained our other nurses as they started with us. Due to their nursing background, these valued staff members are better able to assist our patients, both medical and cosmetic, with their individual needs.

Heart. This is why the Denver Vein Center staff is so great. We believe our staff is the reason for our success. It starts with Dr. Denise Norton, who is not only a qualified physician, but is also kind and thoughtful, and truly cares for her patients. It’s a rare quality, and one essential in a good surgeon. The rest of our staff are friendly, thoughtful, dedicated, and caring, always putting our patients’ needs first.

For more information on products and which ones are right for you, call the Denver Vein Center today at (303) 777-8346.

Obagi Elastiderm Eye Cream for Younger Looking Eyes

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. When people look into your eyes, you want them to focus on you, not on fine lines and wrinkles that may be present in the skin surrounding your eyes. Eye wrinkles are caused by reduced collagen and elastin in the skin as we age, but fine lines and wrinkles can appear much earlier than you might think. Sun damage, smoking, squinting, surgery, illness, injury, even smiling can cause our skin to age prematurely. Wearing sunglasses to prevent excessive squinting can help, but there’s more you can do to help ward off fine lines and wrinkles in the skin around your eyes.

Obagi Medical Products are carefully designed to help minimize the appearance of premature skin aging, sun damage, acne, skin damage, hyperpigmentation and more. Obagi Elastiderm Eye Cream is a lightweight eye cream that is clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes for firmer, more youthful-looking skin. Elastiderm Eye Cream is a leader in the physician-dispensed eye cream market.

Elastiderm contains a proprietary bi-mineral complex along with malonic acid, combined to deliver tighter, smoother looking skin. These clinically proven ingredients, paired with penetrating therapeutics, work together to help rejuvenate the look and feel of that delicate skin around the eyes. In a 9-week study involving over 30 subjects using Elastiderm Eye Cream two times per day, 97% of test subjects reported positive changes in the texture of the skin around their eyes.

One of the many benefits of Obagi Elastiderm Eye Cream is that it has no expiration date! When you need the youth-enhancing results this eye cream can deliver, it will be there for you. Because it never expires, this age-defying eye treatment doesn’t stick around on our shelves for long.

For more information on Obagi products and which ones are right for you, call the Denver Vein Center today at (303) 777-8346.