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.


Bulging Hand Veins

Admired, and even rewarded, in the competitive sport of body building, bulging and prominent veins are not something that most want to see on their hands. However, with age, many people’s hand veins become more prominent, making them look “old”. These bulging hand veins with their tortuous appearance can betray one’s age, and even make them look older than they are.

One of the body parts that seem to age faster than the others, hands whose veins do succumb to prominent bulging are considered unsightly by many afflicted with the condition. In a large majority of cases, conspicuous hand veins are normal, healthy veins that become more noticeable with time due to three age related factors:

1) the loss of skin and vein wall elasticity, 2) loss of subcutaneous fat and collagen, and 3) water content of the hand tissue. These factors result in a bonier appearance, with bulging veins that set off the bluish or purplish lines on the back of your hand.

For those of you that are not happy with bulging veins, there are solutions available. A couple of ways to treat hand veins include sclerotherapy and the use of dermal fillers.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that permanently eliminates a vein. Via a thin needle, a chemical (sclerosant) is injected into the vein which damages the vein’s inner lining causing it to collapse.

A temporary solution to reducing the prominence of hand veins is through the use of a dermal filler. A dermal filler is a naturally-derived or synthetic material that is injected into the skin for the purpose of plumping up the skin. Often used to treat facial wrinkles, it is also used to create fullness on the back of the hand in order to reduce the prominence of veins that appear larger when the hand’s skin loses subcutaneous fat and collagen due to aging. Some dermal fillers can last a year or more and even stimulate the production of collagen.

Though not typically indicative of a medical problem, swollen hand veins can be a symptom of vascular disease. If you notice these veins are larger or more visible than before, do discuss the issue with a medical specialist.

For more information on hand vein treatment options for you, call the Denver Vein Center today at (303) 777-8346.