Dr. Leesa Richardson, The Vein Treatment Center

| August 31, 2011
Dr. Leesa Richardson

Dr. Leesa Richardson

You’ve heard about it and have surely seen it before: those tiny spider and varicose  veins that creep up on our legs with age. And while the thought of wearing short skirts can be terrifying when dealing with those unsightly veins, The Vein Treatment and Aesthetic Center has a solution for you.

The business not only will help you feel confident showing off your legs, but it also offers everything from photo facials, chemical peels and skin care products, including Obagi and SkinCeuticals. We sat down with Dr. Leesa Richardson of The Vein Treatment Center, 201 Fairfax Ave., to learn a little about the center and the new treatments it offers in both vein and skin care.

Tell us a little about your business.
The Vein Treatment Center was established in 2000 and began adding a number of aesthetic procedures around 2005. That expanded the business tremendously. We try to add something new each year. We’ve gone from simply doing comprehensive vein care in an outpatient setting to include a wide variety of skin care treatments – chemical peels, skin tightening, hair removal, photo facials, dermaplaning and skin rejuvenation processes.

Have you added anything new this year?
Yes. I spoke with a plastic surgeon in Florida who’s using a compound and chemical to intradermally inject into the skin to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can either be done with a needle and syringe or with a tattoo machine. So that’s the next fine line and wrinkle treatment that we’re looking at. And we’re looking at platelet-rich plasma to see if it has the benefits that it’s touted to have.

What type of vein treatments do you offer here?
We can take care of both medical and cosmetic issues with veins. A huge innovation in the treatment of varicose veins came in 2002 with the FDA approval of endovenous laser treatment. That does away with the need for a vein stripping, which is major surgery. This is a minimally-invasive technique. The patients get up and walk after the procedure and the recovery is minimal.

Is there a way to prevent varicose veins?
The No. 1 cause is heredity. No. 2 is standing occupations, so we do recommend that hairdressers, factory workers and teachers wear medical-grade compression hose when they can tolerate them, which is in colder weather basically. That helps to prevent the progression of varicose veins.

Do you have any special events at the Vein Treatment Center?
We do two big open houses each year – one in the summer and one in early December. And then we do other events. We’re introducing a new makeup line, Oxygenetix, which is marketed to plastic surgeons and dermatologists for post-procedure coverage. It’s an exceptional makeup that’s used by a number of actresses and was used for the makeup at the Grammy’s this past year.

We put on events here for our clients and a couple times a year girls’ nights or special events. It’s just a nice little atmosphere. It’s very private, peaceful and people really like it. It’s so funny because its kind of a girly-girl practice, but there are a lot of men who come in for varicose vein treatment, too.

For information on The Vein Treatment and Aesthetic Center, visit www.veintreatments.com.

Dermaplaning: A first-hand experience

I went back to the Vein Treatment Center a few days before attending Best Dressed of Louisville Presented by Churchill Downs to try out dermaplaning, an exfoliating treatment that utilizes a scalpel to gently exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin cells and eliminate peach fuzz on the face.

The Vein Treatment CenterIt sounds a little scary at first, but turns out dermaplaning is a relaxing experience, and the dull blade almost tickles your skin. Anne Stewart administered the dermaplaning, finishing off the treatment with a seaweed mask, sunscreen and gloMinerals makeup. I left The Vein Treatment Center with fresh skin and fantastic makeup thanks to Stewart. If you’re afraid to try a chemical peel or microdermabrasion, dermaplaning might be the way to go. Not only does it give you a beautiful glow before a big event, but it’s also quick and efficient and will leave you less stressed, confident and feeling good in your own skin.

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Ashley Anderson

Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).

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