There are many different types of sclerosants for spider vein injections. Many patients remember the days when salt water or hypertonic saline injections were the most common injection sclerosant. Currently, I use at least five different types of sclerosants in my practice to eliminate small to medium sized veins. Treatments usually take less than 30 minutes and are well tolerated by patients; even the one's that have a needle phobia. Downtime is minimal and I usually see spider vein and varicose vein treatments within one month of treatment. Compression stockings worn for several days post procedure also helps with results. Schedule a consultation for vein treatment by calling Dr. Karamanoukian's office at the Santa Monica Vein Center (310) 998-5535.
Spider vein injections can be performed with several new sclerotherapy agents that provide superior results and lower risk than traditional hypertonic saline or salt water injections. Spider vein injections are approached through a methodical protocol that targets large reticular veins prior to the injection and elimination of smaller telangiectasia and spider veins. Dr. Karamanoukian is board certified in Phlebology (Vein Surgery) and Plastic Surgery and can provide you with expertise in the management of all types of varicose vein and spider vein problems. Schedule a consultation for spider vein injections today by calling (310) 998-5533.
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If you are one of the many women in the United States who has thread veins or spider veins on the legs and thighs, you may be a candidate for newer treatments with laser spider vein removal or injection spider vein removal that are now available at the office of Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at the Santa Monica Vein Center. Dr. Karamanoukian is board certified in phlebology (vein surgery) and can provide you with many options for noninvasive and nonsurgical spider vein removal. Spider veins are the small thread- like veins that appear on the surface of the legs and thighs and they may be bluish or reddish in color. Most patients request cosmetic improvement of their spider veins, but men and women who have symptoms associated with their spider veins including itching, burning, cramping or discomfort may be candidates for medical procedures for venous insufficiency.
Why do bulging varicose veins develop and how can I treat them?
Varicose veins are lot more common than you may think. Up to 60% of men and women over the age of 60 have some sort of vein disease. Varicose veins and spider veins are the most common problems associated with venous disease. They may be cosmetic or medically-symptomatic. The treatments for varicose veins have improved dramatically over the last decade, with innovations in laser vein removal and ultrasound guided vein removal. Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian can provide you with the newest option for the treatment of spider and varicose vein on the legs and thighs. He also offers treatments for small broken blood vessels and spider veins on the face.
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At the Santa Monica Vein Center, Dr. Karamanoukian will perform a complete examination of your veins and obtain a medical history to identify the root cause of varicose veins in your legs. Most of the time, these conditions can be treated effectively with small injections, laser treatments, or endovenous treatment. If you have questions about bulging varicose veins, we can provide you with many options that can minimize risk and avoid painful surgery. Call our office at 310-998-5535 and speak to one of our patient care coordinator regarding your options for spider and varicose veins.
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Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is considered one of the pioneers of microsclerotherapy spider vein treatment in the Los Angeles area. As a double board certified plastic surgeon and vein surgeon, Dr. Karamanoukian has been nationally recognized in top media programs for his expertise in spider and varicose veins. The newest treatment for spider vein injection includes micorsclerotherapy, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy and foam sclerotherapy. Dr. Karamanoukian has also developed a newer technique known as dynamic foam sclerotherapy for injection of thread like spider veins on the legs and thighs. If you are concerned about the progressive spider veins that have appeared on your legs and thighs, you may consider calling our office at 310-998-5535 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian. Dr. Karamanoukian has been featured on Fox TV, KTLA news, associated press, and numerous other national media for his expertise in spider veins. Dr. Karamanoukian is a go-to destination for top celebrities and models who are concerned about spider veins on their legs and thighs.
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Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at the Santa Monica Vein Center provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options for cosmetic spider veins using laser vein treatment and microsclerotherapy. If cosmetic spider veins are left untreated, they may not only enlarge, but may become a precursor to more advanced venous insufficiency. Even cosmetic spider veins can cause symptoms including heaviness, tiredness, swelling, aching, throbbing, burning and restless legs. Patients who have cosmetic spider veins and thread veins on their legs should not only be concerned about the cosmetic problems associated with spider veins, but also progression into a medically related health concern.
During your consultation with Dr. Karamanoukian, he will provide you with astute diagnostic evaluation to determine the root cause of your spider and varicose veins. The newest options for spider veins are now available at the Santa Monica Vein Center, including laser vein treatment, endovenous laser, micorsclerotherapy, dynamic foam sclerotherapy and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. Our board certified vein surgeons can provide you with expertise in the management of your small thread like spider veins and associated bulging varicose veins. Call our office today at 310‑998‑5535 to schedule a consultation for vein removal.
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Spider veins and thread veins are classified based on their size and intrinsic branching pattern. They may be arborizing, linear, punctate or centrifugal in appearance. These spider vein patterns described how the spider veins look when examined on the legs and thighs. In other words some spider veins may be spot-like in appearance while others may be branching or linear in appearance.
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In either case, the goal of spider vein treatment is to recognize and diagnose the underlying cause of spider and varicose veins and to treat them accordingly. Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is highly published in plastic surgery as well as vein surgery and can provide you with a diagnosis and management options for your spider and varicose veins. Most vein problems are associated with prolonged sitting or standing, genetics and family history, pregnancy or childbirth, hormonal influences, obesity, and occupation. If you are sitting or standing for long periods of time at work or at home; or taking birth control pills or hormone replacemen,t you may have an develop an exacerbation of your vein problems.
During your consultation with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, you will be explained your options for spider vein treatment. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Karamanoukian for vein removal by calling (310) 998-5535.
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Cosmetic spider veins have been treated with sclerotherapy for decades. Now, a board certified vein surgeon, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, provides the newest options for spider vein treatment with microsclerotherapy, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, and dynamic foam sclerotherapy. Unlike previous treatments, newer sclerotherapy agents and combination laser pulse sclerotherapy can effectively eliminate spider vein with reduced risk for pigmentation and recurrence. Laser vein treatment provided by Dr. Karamanoukian can effectively eliminate spider veins using computer generated and targeted laser beams. Most treatments are performed on an outpatient basis in a clinic setting and the patients can return to work or normal activities within minutes after their procedure. To schedule a consultation please call 310-998-5535.
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What are some common risk factors for varicose veins?
Almost anyone can develop varicose veins. In fact, most patients with varicose veins are healthy adults. Risk factors include family history, being female, pregnancy or a history of pregnancies, hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills, occupations that require prolonged sitting or standing, and a sedentary lifestyle. Many new treatment options can help with spider and varicose veins without surgery. Schedule a consultation today with Los Angeles vein surgeon Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at (310) 998-5535.
The Santa Monica Vein Center is a multispecialty vein clinic directed by Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian. Dr. Karamanoukian has been featured on Good Day LA, Fox TV, The Doctors, and is the only surgeon in the United States who is board certified in Vein Surgery (Phlebology) and Plastic Surgery (American Board of Plastic Surgery). Schedule a consultation today to discuss your options for vein care in Los Angeles.
Can Laser Treatments Remove Spider Veins? Spider veins are the small thread-like blood vessels that occur near the skin on the legs and thighs. In previous years, the mainstay of treatment for spider veins was injection related but now newer laser treatments can destroy unwanted spider veins on the face, legs, and thighs.
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At the Santa Monica Vein Center, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian can provide you with many options for laser spider vein removal that can instantly and painlessly eliminate the red and purple blood vessels that can arise on the legs. Spider vein treatment with laser can be performed with the Candela laser system, the Pulse Dye Laser, or Syneron laser system. Please call our office at 310-998-5535 and one of our patient care coordinators can provide you with the options available for laser spider vein removal in the Los Angeles area.
Santa Monica Vein Center
1301 20th Street, Suite 240
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 998-5533
Are there differences between varicose veins and spider veins?
Veins are classified based on their overall size and location. At the Santa Monica Vein Center in Los Angeles, we specialize in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins. These unwanted veins on the legs and thighs can be cosmetically unappealing or can be medically symptomatic. In either case, the first step is to identify the type of unwanted vein and then provide you with options for treatment. Spider veins are small thread-like blood vessels that arise underneath the skin of the face, legs, and thighs. Larger varicose veins have a bigger diameter and often bulge beyond the plane of the skin. Both of these types of veins can be treated with a combination of injection sclerotherapy, laser vein treatment, or if necessary, surgery. In addition, newer endovenous laser treatments can improve the root problem of varicose veins.
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Please call our office at 310-998-5535 to schedule a consultation for varicose vein or spider vein treatment in the Los Angeles area. Santa Monica Vein Center.
The use of compression stockings for varicose veins, Santa Monica Vein Center
Not every patient with spider and varicose veins will need to undergo treatment with laser, injection sclerotherapy, or surgery. There are many noninvasive methods for the management of spider and varicose veins. Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, a board certified vein surgeon and expert in varicose veins, advocates the use of compression stockings in patients who do not require or request treatment for their vein problems. Compression stockings provide controlled and gradient compression of the superficial surface of the legs and thighs, thus controlling the amount of dilation of the varicose vein. These stockings come in a variety of compression pressures and often provide relief for patients who have discomfort associated with their veins. Discomfort may include itching, burning, pain, throbbing, cramping, restless legs, and generalized leg discomfort.
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If you have varicose veins and wish to explore noninvasive and nonsurgical options for varicose veins, schedule a consultation with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at the Santa Monica Vein Center in order to evaluate your legs and determine a proper course of action. Patients with mild symptoms may benefit from the use of natural remedies including topical creams and lotions, and compression stockings. Topical creams that have horse chestnut extract may provide equivalent therapeutic benefit when compared to compression stockings. Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian by calling 310-998-5535.
Dr. Karamanoukian will prescribe the appropriate compression stocking for your legs and thighs, ranging from therapeutic medical stockings to lighter compression stockings.
What causes varicose veins?
One of the most common reasons to develop painful varicose veins is a condition known as valvular damage. In this condition, the direction of blood flow in the vein is disrupted and the circulation is less efficient. This condition makes it harder for the circulatory system to direct blood in and out of your legs and thighs. The overall insufficiency of the venous circulation can cause dilation and bulging of varicose veins and lead to a condition known as venous reflux. During your consultation, a Doppler ultrasound probe is used to painlessly examine the direction of flow and the size of your deeper varicose veins. Ultrasound is quick and noninvasive and can provide important answers for the future management of varicose veins.
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Most ultrasound examinations for venous reflux take about 20 to 30 minutes and can help Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at the Santa Monica Vein Center manage your vein problems. The cost of the ultrasound examination is usually covered by medical insurance.
If you have symptomatic varicose veins, schedule a consultation at the Santa Monica Vein Center with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian and take the first step to help your legs. Call our office at 310-998-5535.
Treatment of Spider Veins and Varicose Veins
Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is an expert in varicose vein treatment and performs comprehensive evaluation and management of varicose vein and spider vein problems in Los Angeles. Treatment options now include laser vein removal, injection sclerotherapy, surgery, and endovenous ablation of venous reflux. Call our office to schedule a consultation for vein treatment in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles by calling (310) 998-5535. Learn more about the Santa Monica Vein Center.
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A report in the Journal Phlebology published in February 2012 examined the histology of a varicose vein removed during ambulatory phlebectomy and showed metaplastic changes suggestive of fibrous metaplasia and cartilaginous metaplasia. The study by Caggiati and Franceschini from the University of Rome Department of Anatomy demonstrated the many proliferative and metaplastic changes that occur after long term venous disease.
The Santa Monica Vein Center provides expertise in the management of cosmetic spider veins on the legs and thighs. Using advance technique for laser vein removal or micorsclerotherapy, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian can effectively eliminate spider veins and thread veins on the legs and thighs. Treatment usually takes 10 to 15 minutes to perform and can virtually eliminate spider veins under the skin. During your consultation Dr. Karamanoukian will evaluate your skin tone and provide you with detailed pre and post treatment options for a newer treatment known as micorsclerotherapy.
Microsclerotherapy uses tiny needles to effectively eliminate unwanted veins underneath the skin. In some cases Dr. Karamanoukian will recommend a combination of laser vein removal plus microsclerotherapy to eliminate the unwanted veins. To schedule an appointment for spider vein removal in Los Angeles please call our office at 310‑998‑5535, our office serves the greater Los Angeles area including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, West Los Angeles, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, and Thousand Oaks.
Women with noticeable spider veins and thread veins on the legs and thighs may benefit from newer micorsclerotherapy options offered by Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at the Santa Monica Vein Center. In the Los Angeles area, the Santa Monica Vein Center provides a newer treatment for spider vein known as micorsclerotherapy. In this technique a very small needle is used to inject a small amount of an FDA approved medicine into an unwanted spider vein or thread vein. Within seconds the lining of the spider veins is destroyed, effectively closing off and eliminating the unwanted vein under the skin. In most cases treatment is highly effective with a 97.4% clearance rate for spider veins in the absence of venous insufficiency. The patient can return to work within minutes after their procedure and there is minimal downtime altogether. The Santa Monica Vein Center provides expertise in the management of cosmetic spider veins in the Los Angeles area and can provide you with detailed pre and posttreatment and instructions for spider vein treatment. If you have questions about spider vein removal or micorsclerotherapy, please call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at 310‑998-5535.
Varicose veins and spider veins are among the most common medical concerns among healthy adults. Genetic factors, occupational factors, and level of activity can determine whether varicose veins arise on the legs and thighs. Despite a healthy diet and lifestyle, the patients may have a genetic predisposition to develop varicose veins that cannot be eliminated with lifestyle alone. Millions of healthy adults suffer from some type of vein problem, including spider veins, thread veins, varicose veins, and bulging veins on the legs and thighs. These veins can cause symptoms such as achiness, leg pain, discomfort, heaviness, early muscle fatigue, swelling, and muscle cramping.
If you have problems with your legs and thighs in terms of the development of varicose veins, newer procedures can eliminate the medical problems associated with varicose veins using simple laser based and radiofreqency based options. Laser has eliminated the need for surgery in many cases and can reduce the risk of problems to the vein circulation and can improve your overall health. The goal of vein treatment is to improve the condition of your venous circulation, thereby reducing the number and severity of abnormal veins in the legs and thighs. There are cosmetic and medical benefits to vein treatments and these will be discussed during an in depth consultation with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian.
Dr. Karamanoukian is a double board certified surgeon specializing in cosmetic plastic surgery as well as vein surgery. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery as well as the American Board of Phlebology (vein surgery). If you have questions about your veins and wish to undergo treatment for varicose veins, please call our Los Angeles vein surgery patient care coordinator at 310-998-5533.
Veins and sleep quality:
A study published in Wounds (May 2012) reviewed sleep quality in patients with venous ulcers on their legs and found that most patients with venous ulcers experienced poor sleep quality. The paper was authored by Geraldo Salome et. al from the Division of Plastic Surgery Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and provides a descriptive analysis of sleep affected by vein disease. According to Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian of the Santa Monica Vein Center (310) 998-5533, there is well documented research showing that abnormal varicose veins can affect quality of life and cause symptoms of pain, discomfort, leg cramping, throbbing, heaviness, and swelling.
If you have varicose veins and wish to have them treated, please call our patient care coordinator at (310) 998-5533. Our office provides complete spider and varicose vein treatments to patients in the Los Angeles area.
Raffy Karamanoukian, MD FACS
1301 20th Street, Suite 240
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 998-5533.
Is there a difference between blue and red spider veins?
Blue or red spider veins can occur on any part of the legs and thighs and under the skin. The most common areas are the lower legs, especially in sun exposed areas. Clinicians do not understand why some patients are more prone to developing spider veins than others. Physical activity and genetics can also play a major role. The color of spider veins usually correspondence to their depth under the skin as well as the caliber of the spider vein itself. Blue or red spider veins are usually both cosmetic, unless they appear in patches in the most gravity dependent part of the lower legs, including the ankles and feet, in which there may be an early warning sign for a condition known as venous insufficiency.
Choosing a vein Doppler for your spider veins begins with a careful assessment of credentials, including board certification by the American Board of Phlebology (vein surgery). Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a board certified plastic surgeon and a board certified phlebology surgeon who practices in Los Angeles, mainly of the Santa Monica Vein Center. The patients who have spider veins or varicose veins may undergo a comprehensive consultation to evaluate the abnormal veins and to begin treatment with laser or injection.
If you have questions about spider vein treatment offered in our Los Angeles cosmetic surgery office, please call (310) 998-5533 and speak to our patient care coordinator regarding your options.
What are my options for spider veins on my legs?
Not everyone will have diffuse spider veins or varicose veins on their legs. Cosmetic concerns with spider veins are pervasive and can cause the patients to seek expert medical advice for spider vein injections on the legs and thighs. The majority of abnormal veins on the surface of the skin can be characterized as spider veins or varicose veins. Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is director of the Santa Monica Vein Center and has vast experience in the management of spider veins and varicose veins.
He has been featured on popular television shows and is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Phlebology (vein surgery). If you have a solitary or isolated spider vein and wish to have it removed, Dr. Karamanoukian can offer several different laser options and sclerotherapy options to address your specific spider vein.
These spider veins can be managed effectively during your examination and consultation. Seek a board certified vein specialist for all of your spider vein and varicose vein needs. Call 310-998-5533 and speak to one of our vein surgery and vein treatment patient care coordinators in Los Angeles. Schedule a consultation for vein treatment.
The Santa Monica Vein Center is a multispecialty clinic located in Santa Monica, California.
Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, a double board certified physician, is surgical director of the Santa Monica Vein Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Phlebology (Vein Surgery) and the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. In fact, he is the only surgeon in United States who holds certification in both of these distinct surgical subspecialties.
Dr. Karamanoukian has been a committee member in the American College of Phlebology and is currently an active member of this prestigious organization for vein disease. He has written multiple book chapters in the Healthy Veins…Healthy Legs book for the American College of Phlebology. Dr. Karamanoukian has also been featured on popular television shows, demonstrating his unique and nonsurgical approach to varicose vein disease, including Fox T.V. Good Day L.A, Fox News, and The Doctors television show.
If you have questions about varicose vein treatment or spider vein treatment, including laser treatments for the eradication of facial veins or leg veins, Dr. Karamanoukian can provide you with a comprehensive consultation. Schedule a consultation today with Los Angeles premier vein clinic, the Santa Monica Vein Center. Call 310-998-5533 and speak to one of our patient care coordinators regarding varicose vein consultation with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian.