June 21, 2009
Contact: Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR
Falcon Valley Group
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Get a Leg Up on Hot Summer Legs
Consumer alert: choose vein treatments with caution to avoid disfiguring results
(San Diego) – Warmer weather means getting into gorgeous summer skirts and shorts... except if you’re one of thousands of women who have unsightly varicose or spider veins ruining your look.
There’s no reason to let leg veins force you to cover up. The proper treatment of leg veins is safe and effective. But too many women are lured by unrealistic promises of miracle treatments with lasers or “new” injectible formulas that not only won’t work, but could make your veins even worse – and cause lasting damage.
Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman, Medical Director of GBK Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, says he spends far too much time working with patients to correct substandard treatments they’ve already received that either didn’t work, or caused disfiguring brown stains or even permanent scars.
“It breaks my heart to see patients who have already spent thousands of dollars on vein treatments get ripped off or worse yet hurt by unscrupulous people who claimed they could deliver some sort of miraculous results,” said Goldman. “It’s completely unnecessary. Now that it’s the season when people are seeking treatment for leg veins, my goal is to educate patients and help them make good decisions about safe treatments from highly trained professionals.”
Goldman literally wrote the book on vein treatments, known as “sclerotherapy.” His textbook Sclerotherapy: Treatment of Varicose and Telangiectatic Leg Veins now in its fourth edition is considered the gold standard for medical practitioners. He offers this advice for patients who are thinking about vein treatments.
“Be sure you’re getting treatment from an expert, not someone who attended a weekend seminar and set up shop a few months ago,” said Goldman. “Don’t be shy about asking tough questions and requesting credentials and references. Ethical physicians are eager to share their qualifications.”
Next, be sure your physician uses only FDA approved solutions on your veins. “Some physicians use cheaper mixed formulas with non-approved compounds,” said Goldman. “You won’t save money in the long run because these solutions don’t work as well as the FDA-approved solutions. You’ll end up needing additional treatment that costs way more, and you risk damaging your legs.”
Finally, don’t buy into the hype about laser treatments for leg veins. “I have 32 lasers in my practice, and I hold patents on several types of lasers,” said Goldman. “I’ve tried them all and they simply do not work as well as nearly painless injections. In the wrong hands, using lasers on leg veins can be dangerous and are much more painful. I have dozens of photos of patients showing terrible scarring from inept laser treatments. It’s upsetting to me because it just didn’t need to happen.”
The good news is that proper treatment by an expert physician can produce excellent results for most patients. “When it’s done right, vein treatments are safe and effective. It shouldn’t take more than one to two 10-15 minute treatments when you trust your legs to the right person,” advised Goldman.
Goldman says it takes time for vein treatments to take full effect. “Don’t wait until a week before the company picnic or dream vacation to schedule your vein treatment and expect your legs to be ready for shorts. It takes several weeks for your legs to heal and look their best.”
Contact GBK Cosmetic Laser Dermatology to learn more about safe vein treatments at 858-459-7011 or visit www.gbkderm.com
About Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman
Dr. Goldman is a double board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who is renowned for his pioneering research of multiple laser techniques and skin rejuvenation. Dr. Goldman is a Volunteer Clinical Professor of Dermatology/Medicine for University of California, San Diego, and has written 18 medical textbooks on cosmetic and laser surgery, several of which are considered definitive medical texts in their respective fields, as well as over 300 peer-reviewed medical publications. Dr. Goldman has been featured on The Today Show, 20/20, The Discovery Health Channel, Wealth TV, E!, Extra, and The Swan, and in top publications including The Wall Street Journal, TIME, New York Times, Prevention, Elle, O Magazine, Self, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Glamour, InStyle, More and Good Housekeeping.
About GBK Cosmetic Laser Dermatology
GBK Cosmetic Laser Dermatology is San Diego County’s leading cosmetic dermatology practice, dedicated to combining major cosmetic breakthroughs of science and medicine with beauty and creativity to bring the ultimate in rejuvenation. World-renowned board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman and colleagues Dr. Kimberly Butterwick and Dr. Douglas Keel offers clients a combined 50 years of experience in a full range of procedures in its surgical suites, recognized by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care for meeting its nationally recognized high standards, as well as cutting-edge cosmetic dermatology. GBK Cosmetic Laser Dermatology stays on the cutting edge of medical technology with its participation in groundbreaking research studies and ongoing education. For more information, please visit www.gbkderm.com