For questions & appointments, please contact: 310-773-5030
Ramtin Massoudi, M.D.
8500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
**Beverly Hills office Re-GRAND OPENING on October 17, 2013
Our Other Locations:
16661 Ventura Blvd., Suite 824
Encino, CA 91436
San Pedro: COMING SOON January 2014
887 West 9th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
WELCOME TO ALUNA SPA!
We specialize in skincare, anti-aging products (SkinCeuticals), pedicure and manicure rejuvenation, microdermabrasion treatments, chemical peels and spa essentials to promote a healthier lifestyle throughout the mind, body, and soul. Relax and rest assured that our spa professionals are here to take care of your needs. Take some time off. Come and indulge.
Under the expertise of Board Certified Doctors and experts of Cosmetic Dermatology, Aesthetic Laser and Phlebology. Aluna Medical specializes in the finest cosmetic procedures: botox treatment, skin care, anti-aging treatment, laser skin rejuvenation and skin resurfacing, Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) and Varicose and Spider Vein Treatments available today for both men and women.
We strive to offer Aluna Medical's valued patients a relaxing environment with the best medical experience and the lastest technologies. Our founder, Ramtin Massoudi, M.D., founded Aluna Medical in 2006 to meet your medical needs by offering non-invasive, non-surgical medical treatments with great results, no discomfort, and little or no downtime. Among the things we can do for you, we can take of your fine lines, wrinkles, pigments, skin scars, skin textures, veins, and much more.
Many patients wish that there were safe, easy, and quick ways to get rid of their red complexion, fine lines, wrinkles, irregular pigmentation, large pores, as well as, unwanted hairs. Well, there are safe, accurate and effective alternatives. Fortunately, with Dr. Massoudi's non-invasive, non-surgical laser technology, his patients have the the option of treating and improving their skin imperfections, enhancing their beauty, and eliminating their painful and unsightly varicose veins in an easy and effective manner with very little or no downtime.
If you would like a younger, more beautiful and healthy-looking skin, visit Dr. Massoudi today.
Dr. Massoudi's extensive medical experience, couples with his access and use of state-of-the-art laser systems (SCITON, EVLT and VNUS Closure RF), provide Dr. Massoudi's patients with access to the most accurate, safe, and effective cosmetic laser treatments and laser vein surgeries.
Procedures & Services
Varicose Veins & Spider Veins
What is a Spider Vein?
In comparison to Varicose Veins, spider veins are smaller, flatter, red or purple veins closer to the skin surface.
What is a Varicose Vein?
Varicose Veins are a very common problem. Generally they appear as twisting, bulging rope-like cords on the legs. They can appear anywhere from the groin to ankle. While many people have heard about Varicose Veins, very few truly understand their underlying cause, and the potential they have for developing into a serious medical issue.
There are new and exciting treatments for Varicose Veins that make curing and healing your Varicose Vein problem easier than ever.
To learn more about Varicose Vein treatments and your options, schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Massoudi today.
Facts about Varicose Veins :
Varicose Veins affect an estimated 40% of women and 25% of men. There are a number of factors, which lead to Varicose Veins, including:
Heredity: One of the most important factors. If your parents and grandparents had the problem, you are at increased risk.
Gender: Women have a higher incidence of Varicose Vein disease due in part to female hormones and their effect on the vein walls.
Pregnancy: Blood volume increases during pregnancy and hormonal effects contribute to vein enlargement
Age: The tissues of our vein walls lose elasticity as we age causing the valve system to fail. The following additional factors, while not directly causing Varicose Veins, may speed up the development of this disease and make the veins worse.
Prolonged standing: Occupations that involve standing for a long period of time cause increased volume and pressure of blood in the lower limbs due to the effects of gravity.
Obesity: Increases in weight often increase abdominal pressure, which may worsen vein problems.
Hormone levels: Treatments like birth control pills and post-menopausal hormone replacement may cause the same hormonal effect as pregnancy.
Physical Trauma: Injury to the lower limbs can damage underlying blood vessels and add to the problem.
What are the symptoms? Will they get worse?
In addition to the visual appearance of purplish, knotted veins, many patients may experience one or more of the following leg symptoms:
* Pain (an aching or cramping feeling)
* Burning or tingling sensations
* Tender areas around the veins
If you experience symptoms and delay treatment, your symptoms may progress onward to more serious complications including:
Inflammation (phlebitis) • Blood clots (e.g., DVT)
Ankle sores or skin ulcers
If you are experiencing any of the above, consult Dr. Massoudi, as treatment may be required.
How do Varicose Veins occur?
Arteries carry blood from your heart out to your extremities (hands, feet, head, skin), delivering oxygen deep into the tissue. Veins then return the ‘de-oxygenated’ blood (now bluish in color) back to your heart to be re-circulated. Nearly 75% of the body’s blood is found in your lower limbs (legs).
To return this blood to the heart, your leg veins must work against gravity. Muscles in the leg squeeze the deep veins to help push blood forward. Small, one-way valves in the veins open to allow blood to flow upward, towards the heart, and then close to prevent it from flowing backwards. While deep veins are assisted in their efforts by muscles, a second type of leg vein, lying outside the muscle layer and closer to the skin (superficial veins), are not. The largest superficial vein is called the Great Saphenous Vein (GSV), which begins at the ankle and ends at the groin. Varicose Veins occur when the valves in these superficial veins malfunction. The vein walls can lose elasticity (due to age or hormones) causing them to stretch. When this occurs, the valve may be unable to close, allowing blood that should be moving towards the heart to flow backward (called venous reflux). Blood collects in your lower veins causing them to enlarge and become varicose. In this manner, faulty valves high on the leg may cause Varicose Veins lower down (e.g., mid or lower leg).
Can Varicose Veins be prevented?
The underlying conditions described above usually make ‘curing’ Varicose Veins impossible, however certain measures may help relieve discomfort from existing Varicose Veins and prevent others from arising:
Exercise regularly to improve leg strength and circulation (walking is ideal).
Avoid standing for long periods of time.
Avoid sitting for long periods of time by taking short walks every 30 minutes. If possible, try to elevate your legs.
Control weight to avoid placing increased pressure on leg circulation
Avoid clothing which limits the use of the calf muscles (e.g. high heels) or restricts blood flow in the groin or calf.
Since the above measures do not treat the underlying cause of the disease, Varicose Veins will usually enlarge and worsen over time. Legs and feet may begin to swell and sensations of pain, heaviness, burning or tenderness may occur. If and when this happens, consult Dr. Massoudi immediately.