Anti Aging Conference: 9-12 September 2009 – San Jose, CA

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine has announced its fall Congress and Exposition in San Jose, CA on September 9-12, 2009.

It is a 4 day event and they have over 75 speakers slated for presentations together with workshops on In-Office procedures. Several focus areas include hormone replacement therapy, aesthetic venous treatments (spider vein treatments), detox and weight management, stem cell research updates, as well as fundamental and advanced topics on managing your “Anti-Aging” practice – medical, spa or medspa – a critical topic in today’s challenging economic environment.

They are currently accepting enrollment into the conference ( and it is not too late for reserving the best spots as exhibitors. If you are a manufacturer of anti-aging skin care products, equipment, cosmetic or plastic surgery aids, advertising, or other anti-aging systems, you want to make sure you are in attendance. Spa and med spa owners and managers as well as clinicians will be on-hand.

Here are some very interesting facts to know if you are in the industry or considering it:

Fast Facts on The Anti-Aging Marketplace

  • The consumer public has voted with their wallets overwhelmingly in favor of the anti-aging healthcare model. The anti-aging marketplace is one that is demographics-driven: people around the world are getting older. As a result the anti-aging marketplace is projected to reach $41.94 billion by 2006, expanding at an average annual rate (AAGR) of 8% [Business Communications Company, 2002].
  • The anti-aging market is expected to grow to $41.94 billion in 2006, reflecting an average annual rate (AAGR) of 9% [“Drugs and Cosmetics for Aging Boomers,” Business Communications Company, Inc., 2002]
  • The market with the highest projected AAGR is hormone replacement therapy, at 16.5% [“Drugs and Cosmetics for Aging Boomers,” Business Communications Company, Inc., 2002]
  • Global nutraceuticals market grew from $38.2 billion in 1999, to reach $46.7 billion in 2002; by 2007, global nutraceutical sales are projected to reach $74.7 billion [reported by, “Nutraceuticals sales to hit $75 billion”] In he nutraceuticals market stands at $17.1 billion [“NBJ Releases New Report on Maturing US Supplement Industry,” Nutrition Business Journal, September 2002.]
  • Sixty percent (60%) of Americans age 65+ are pursuing anti-aging interventions — including hormone replacement therapies and dietary supplementation [MSNBC Jan. 28, 2002.]
  • Dietary supplement sales in 2000 were $17 billion. [Nutrition Business Journal, Nov. 2001.]
  • Thirty-three percent (33%) of adults take supplements on the specific advice of their doctor. [Harris Interactive survey, 2001.]

Anti-Aging Conference

Can You Cure Spider Veins?

If we are to pick an answer, between yes and no, for this curative question, we will be forced to say ‘No’ – though this answer needs some explanation.

Spider veins are not completely curable, or, better said, the source or cause is not easily cured. Most dermatologist and physicians agree undue pressure on the walls and valves due to weight, damage from sun or free-radical exposure, and hormone changes are primary causes.

While your diet and an active lifestyle have been shown to lower the chances of vein problems, creams and treatments can heal and cure localized symptoms – either through laser treatment, spot saline injections or with vitamin k creams and formulas. Once individual capillaries are flushed of coagulated blood, repaired or cut-off from trapped blood flow, in a sense it has been “cured” – at least the visible symptoms.

The appearance of protruding or visible spider veins are a condition that appears just below the surface of the skin,and as the name suggests, this medical condition is generally a result of damage to the veins caused by pressure, poor valve health or malfunctioning valves in capillary “feeder” capillaries.

More often than not it is treated like a cosmetic concern, and as we well all know, cosmetic problems have a bigger tendency of recurring.

Claiming Complete Cure

There is a huge difference between claiming a complete cure and actually eliminating an ailment. Many of the treatment option with regards to spider veins claim that they can cure spider veins completely. This might just be a true claim, but the point is that, they don’t promise that damage won’t recur in the same area which has been cured or in different parts of the body.

As of now experts cannot promise the sufferers anything more than the fact that they can diffuse the redness or bluish color that accompanies spider veins and many a times, get rid of damage altogether. As aforementioned, this does not mean that patients will be completely rid of them.

Magic Cures

Let us be very clear in this respect. There are no magic cures for spider veins. Spider Veins cream are getting to be quite popular these days. They have been found to be effective in getting rid of spider veins because of the curative properties of Vitamin K.

However, even such creams should not be thought of as a magic cure as their efficacy is entirely dependent on the seriousness of the condition.

More importantly, such creams have to be used over a long period of time and that too regularly, for any hope of getting rid of broken capillaries or seeping blood.

Prevention is the Best Idea & Remedy

For whatever its worth, to prevent spider veins is a better idea then curing them. In the end if they do show up, one of the most effective ways of treating them is through minor surgical procedures.

One of the best ways to prevent the formation of spider veins is through regular exercise and putting prime importance on your diet. At the end of the day, the prevention bit is pretty simple, though difficult to follow. It’s your body’s overall health that counts. Everything else is secondary.

What Causes Spider Veins?

While there are several underlying reasons and causes of spider veins, the consensus seems to agree on pressure. Pressure from increased weight gain, pressure on the legs and thighs from fatty tissue or fluid build-up, pressure from plastic surgery (as in breast augmentation), or pressure related to being on your feet all the time (as in work-related).

How does pressure play a role?

Spider veins are considered the result of leaking through the vein walls which then coagulates leaving reddish, fine lines; poorly functioning or blocked valves which causes circulation “mis-direction” or blockage and swelling; or protrusion up and to the surface of the skin increasing visibility.

Presssure is considered a cause for many of these symptoms and ailments. Why? The first is the most obvious. Standing on our feet all day because of work or home chores can increase blood pressure to lower extremities – our legs, thighs, calves, etc. – pushing capillaries closer to the surface making them more visible. It can also increase pressure applied to the vein walls and structure increasing the propbability that leaking or malfunction can occur.

Similarly, weight gain – especially if related to cellulite build-up, can squeeze tissue and surrounding muscle making capillaries more visible and prominent while adding the risk of damage. It is also considered a valid cause that natural aging and associated free-radical damage complicates appearance. Many experts believe that free-radical damage caused by oxidization damages organs and tissue. UV rays, smoking, and alcohol use accelerate free-radical damage causing cell membranes to become weak. This can lead to leaking and poor circulation – giving rise to spider veins on the nose, cheeks, and underneath the eyes, as well.

In our next related post, I’ll discuss available spider vein treatment – sclerotherapy, laser and surgical removal and the use of vitamin k creams. Follow this link for more information on what causes spider veins.