Spider Veins Without Spiderman

Spider Vein TreatmentIf the first thing you think of when you hear the term “spider veins” is Spiderman, you’ve been spending a few too many hours in the local megaplex watching the exploits of the famed Marvel Comic webslinger.

Reality is known, spider veins aren’t anywhere near that exciting. Spider veins are those squiggly purple, red, or blue lines weaving their way around your legs and face. If your Mom had spider veins, it’s likely you will have them, too. Also, it’s thought that if your job keeps you on your feet a lot, you’re more prone to developing them. Plus, simple aging, as our tissues lose some of their support strength is thought to be a culprit behind spider vein development.

At Deschutes, Dr. Carter can get rid of those pesky spider veins with sclerotherapy.


Sclerotherapy is nothing new; it was first developed for the treatment of spider veins in the 1930s. Despite its nearly 90 years of practice, sclerotherapy is still the best way to deal with spider veins. Dr. Carter believes it to be the superior solution compared to lasers, particularly for smaller spider veins on the legs. Sclerotherapy is an outpatient procedure that is quick and mostly painless.

A sclerosion solution is injected into each vein selected for treatment. Dr. Carter offers both Asclera (a prescription medicine) or Hypertonic Saline. Once injected into the spider vein, the sclerosing solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to swell and the blood in it to clot. Once that happens, the vein turns into scar tissue and fades away with time, usually over two to three months. In some cases, the vein virtually disappears instantly upon injection. For most veins, a single treatment is all that’s needed.


Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment that doesn’t require a recovery period. Dr. Carter has her patients wear compression stockings or hose for up to two weeks following their treatment, and walking is encouraged. But there isn’t any pain. You should also avoid prolonged sitting, standing, or pounding types of exercise, however.

With our outdoor lifestyle here in Bend, no one wants to be embarrassed by purple and blue squiggly lines on their legs. Come to Deschutes and let us take care of them before the warm summer weather is here. Call us at 541-330-0900 for an appointment.

Lend an Ear for Earlobe Repair

earlobe repairSo, you’re running through the woods trying to get away from the psycho wielding the chainsaw behind you. And heading into this little situation, you didn’t consider you’d be running through said woods and you donned some pretty big hoop earrings. Ouch. One of the hoops just caught on a tree branch and ripped right through your earlobe.

What to do?

OK, first give the psycho a Kung Fu lesson and call on a nearby grizzly bear to take care of him. Then come to Deschutes to have Dr. Carter repair that torn earlobe. Dr. Carter can correct, repair, or reshape earlobes that have been split, stretched, or are simply oversized.

What is done to fix a torn earlobe?

As earrings have gotten more daring, the cases of torn earlobes have increased. It’s not difficult to snag some of today’s big hoops on pretty much anything from clothing to a branch of a bush. Not only does your ear now have a big tear in it, you can’t exactly wear earrings with it this way in the future.

Dr. Carter can fix your torn lobe relatively easily. Done under local anesthesia, she first cuts away the skin that has healed on either side of the tear. Once that is done, she then sutures those now smooth incisions back together to close the split.

What is a stretched earlobe and how is it repaired?

Sometimes people get a little too caught up in the latest show about tribes in New Guinea on Nat Geo, and before you know it they are sporting giant disks in their earlobes. This earlobe stretching, also known as gauging, has become more popular in the U.S., but denizens of this fashion statement may want to think twice about doing it. After all, if the skin is stretched for a long enough period of time, the hole created by the large-gauge earring will not close back up.

Dr. Carter uses a similar method when repairing a stretched earlobe as a torn one. Depending on the edges of the opening, she may make an incision to create a smooth surface to suture closed, or she may simply take the two sides and bring them back together.


Your sutures will usually come out in five days. Pain is minimal and can be handled with over-the-counter pain medication. If you have your ears pierced once again, they must not be pierced on the scar or just above it, as this tissue is weaker and will tear again more easily.

Need your earlobe fixed? Call us at 541-330-0900 and make an appointment with Dr. Carter.