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Treating Spider Veins
By: Katie Schaefer, Cosmetics & Toiletries
Posted: November 1, 2006, from the November 2006 issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries.
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Bernstein finds that laser treatment in conjunction with prescription topical treatments often is the most effective means of eliminating spider veins. Bleaching agents such as alpha hydroxy acid, or a combination of hydroquinone, tretinoin and fluocinolone acetonide, are used by Bernstein pre- and post-treatment to reduce the amount of melanin in the skin. “One of the biggest problems in treating veins is unwanted pigmentation. I use bleaching agents to lighten the skin before and after the treatment so there is less injury to the part of the skin I want to protect,” added Bernstein. For Bernstein, the use of topical creams with laser treatments results in safer and more effective spider vein elimination.
There are many OTC topical products on the market today that claim to reduce the appearance of spider veins. Although these products may claim to help eliminate spider veins, Bernstein believes a consumer looking to eliminate spider veins need to seek professional treatment. “In my experience, I have never seen [a topical cream for veins] that worked,” said Bernstein. He finds that OTC topical treatments for veins to be temporary. “There is no way to make a vein disappear with a topical treatment. You have to undergo a procedure to fully eliminate them,” added Bernstein. In the future, Bernstein believes a cream that turns off the growth factors that increase the size of veins may be invented.
The future of laser treatments looks promising, according to Bernstein, who feels that there will continually be new developments in the field. He particularly looks forward to a larger company developing a product specifically formulated for pre- and post-laser treatments. “Right now, we are in the infant stage in developing products to aid the reduction of side effects of using a laser,” stated Bernstein. “There is no major product to treat pre- and post-lasered skins, but there is a need for a good one. Bernstein believes that the resources already are available to develop a successful pre- and post-laser treatment cream and added that the need is growing. “The time [for a laser treatment cream] is right for sure.”