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Four Common Causes of Varicose Veins

leg treatment at medical spaVaricose veins are twisted and enlarged veins that you can see just under the skin. They appear as blue or dark purple and commonly appear in the legs and feet. This type of venous insufficiency, or vein disease, can be caused by a number of factors.

Genetics
Varicose veins can simply be an inherited trait. If your parents or grandparents had varicose veins, it is likely that you are at a greater risk of developing them.

Obesity
Because excess weight can place additional stress on your circulation system, it is not surprising that obesity can also contribute to vein problems.

Pregnancy
When a woman becomes pregnant, there is an increase in both blood volume and hormone levels. This combination can put pressure on vein walls, thus affecting circulation. Subsequent pregnancies can lead to the worsening of existing varicose veins.

Prolonged standing
If you are on your feet for the majority of the day – typically due to your occupation – this can increase the pressure on your vein walls, resulting in swelling and increased blood volume in your lower limbs.

Varicose veins can be treated with a non-invasive procedure. To learn how our medical spa can help you address varicose veins in Catonsville, MD, contact us today at (410) 747-6667.

What is a Gummy Smile?

smiling woman pointing to her healthy gums and teethThere are a variety of factors that can influence the overall aesthetic of someone’s smile. These may include the form and position of our teeth, as well as the appearance of our gingival tissue (gums). When your smile reveals excessive gum tissue that makes your upper teeth appear shorter, this is known as a “gummy smile”. If you are like many people with a gummy smile, you may feel your smile is unattractive, and you may hesitate to smile in public at all.

One of the most common causes of a gummy smile is a high hip line. Having a high hip line means your upper lip moves higher when you smile as compared to other people. A gummy smile can also result from the abnormal eruption of teeth or the manner in which your upper jaw bone has grown and developed.

Ideally, our smiles should reveal the least amount of gum tissue possible. However, the appropriate correction for a gummy smile will depend on what is causing it. If you have a gummy smile due to a short upper lip or overactive muscles, dermal fillers in Catonsville, MD, may help with minimizing the appearance of your gums without surgery.

Treatment Options for a Double Chin

before and after kybellaNearly 70 percent of American adults have submental fullness (more commonly known as a double chin). A double chin is caused by a layer of fat that gathers beneath the mandible. When skin in this area loses elasticity with age, the fat appears more pronounced. It is important to note that a double chin can develop on anyone, not just people who are overweight. Fortunately, there are options available to improve the appearance of a double chin.

Chin Liposuction
Chin (also called submental) liposuction involves removing the fatty deposits from the area under your chin using a cannula and a suction device. There are some risks involved, including infection, numbness, and scarring. If too much fat is removed during liposuction, it may result in lumpiness or dents in the skin.

Kybella
Kybella® in Catonsville, MD, is a non-surgical option for addressing a double chin. Kybella® is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that has been FDA-approved to contour submental fullness. When injected into the fatty area beneath the chin, Kybella®  causes the rapid deterioration and absorption of fat cells. The destroyed fat is then removed by the body’s natural metabolic processes. Unlike liposuction, Kybella® also prevents fat cells from accumulating in the same area in the future.

Preparing for Laser Hair Removal

woman in dress with smooth legsExcessive hair in unwanted areas can be caused by genetics or certain health conditions. A common solution is laser hair removal, as it is the only way to reduce or eliminate hair growth permanently. Here are some pre-treatment instructions to help you prepare for laser hair removal in Catonsville, MD.

Avoid plucking or waxing
Laser hair removal works by destroying hair follicles below the skin’s surface. If they are removed beforehand with a physical hair removal method such as plucking or waxing, there will be nothing for the laser to target – thus reducing the effectiveness of the treatment. Opt for shaving instead as this doesn’t take out hair at the root.

Stop tanning
The laser targets the pigment of your hair follicles, which means extra melanin in your skin from a tan can make it tricky to distinguish hair from skin. Avoid tanning and using sunless tanners for at least a month before your session(s).

Shave a day or two beforehand
Laser hair removal doesn’t require visible hair growth in the treatment area; just enough growth for the hair to be visible to the laser. That being said, you should shave 24-48 hours before your session. Even though hair regrowth may not be visible to you again by the time of your session, the laser will still be able to target the follicle.

The Facts on Varicose Veins

Have you ever looked down at your leg and noticed small, purple marks that follow your legs? Most likely, you have found the

Spider veins on leg

first signs of varicose veins on your body. While they are not pretty, they are not life-threatening and can be managed with specific non-invasive procedures to reduce their appearance. Here are some quick facts about varicose veins, why they happen, and how you can fade them:

  • The reason varicose veins occur is because over time, the veins in your body become twisted or inflamed. Precisely, they often happen in your feet and legs because of the pressure you put on those parts of your body.
  • While most any vein can become varicose, it is likely that your more shallow veins that are closer to the skin will varicose over those that are deeper in your body. This is because your deeper veins allow blood to flow only one way, and the shallow veins can often pump blood the wrong way that causes varicosities.
  • They are not life-threatening to most people, but signs of varicose veins on your feet or legs can be a signal that you are experiencing other issues with your circulation.
  • However, there are certain conditions that can speed up the process of making varicose veins visible, such as obesity, pregnancy, or frequent constipation.
  • Varicose veins can be treated with a non-invasive procedure in most areas of your body that helps to fade the appearance of them and help them from not returning.

If you are interested in how we can get rid of your varicose veins in Catonsville, MD, contact us today at (410) 747-6667.

Welcome to Noor Laser Center’s Blog

varicose veins Catonsville MDWelcome to Noor Laser Center’s blog! Here on our blog, we will talk about the various treatments we have for hair, cellulite, and varicose vein removal, as well as our Juvederm dermal fillers, UltraShape process, and more. Additionally, we will also discuss any updates on what we are doing as a business, new offerings, or promotions our center is running. Every person should be able to feel beautiful in the skin and body they are in, and we aim to do just that at Noor Laser Center.

With an experienced staff that has over 15 years of combined experience, the professionals at Noor Laser Center want you to feel and look your best. As a full-service medical spa in Catonsville, MD, we believe that you should have the flexible payment options available to you to make yourself feel stunning. That is why we offer a range of services at competitive prices, along with various payment plans, to allow you to get the look you have always dreamed of and finally feel like yourself. From our laser hair removal to our light therapy services, our staff is here to make sure every experience at our facility is comfortable and effective for each patient.

Make sure you keep checking back to our blog for the latest news on our center, product offerings, or other information. If you are looking to get rid of your varicose veins in Catonsville, MD, let us help you at Noor Laser Center and give us a call today at (410) 747-6667.