Monthly Archives: October 2012

Botox- What you need to know.

If you have ever wanted Botox but are on the fence about it, let us reassure you, it is completely safe and can have many benefits! There are over 3 million Americans who receive Botox treatments every year, making it one of the most popular outpatient treatments. One of the benefits to Botox is that it is non surgical. This means you are in and out of the doctor’s office with minimal to no recovery time. Botox greatly improves the appearance of wrinkles, creating a more youthful appearance. As well as helping with the appearance of aging, Botox can be used for a “mini lift” in your eyebrow area. Drooping eyebrows can add to the appearance of aging, by using Botox to lift the brow, you are instantly creating more youthful look to your overall face. The best part about using Botox in this capacity is that it is completely nonsurgical, removing the risk of being under anesthesia. One of the ways you can use Botox is also for Hyperhidrosis, which is basically excessive sweating. By injecting Botox in areas you have excess sweating, you are effectively loosening the muscles around the sweat glands, allowing the sweat glands to not secrete as much perspiration. While face injections last from 3-6 months, using Botox for hyperhidrosis is effective for 6 full months. The very best thing about Botox however, is the fact that it is incredibly affordable compared to surgical procedures. If you are interested in a Botox treatment, call today and schedule a consultation! (775) 329-3100

 

 

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Who Is at Risk for Varicose Veins?

Modern estimates indicate approximately 70% of the general population will experience some degree of vein disorder during their lifetime.  Of these, approximately 40% may be symptomatic and the rest unsightly but not necessarily uncomfortable.  There are a number of risk factors for vein problems applicable to the general population:

Genetics — a strong family history of vein problems is the largest single contributor to an individual’s risk for varicose veins

Occupation — jobs that require prolonged standing or sitting without much intervening activity promote pooling of blood in the legs.  Cashiers, hair stylists, casino dealers, teachers, nurses, etc., are prime candidates with this risk factor.

Pregnancy — this is the single largest physical strain on leg veins, not only because of pressure from the enlarging womb on pelvic veins but also because of hormones from early in the pregnancy promoting dilation of blood vessels

Injury — focal bruising from minor blunt trauma can be the source of spider clusters as ruptured veins heal with weak areas in their walls, but more extensive injuries requiring casts or splints, extended immobility or abnormal strain to perform normal physical functions also are detrimental to the peripheral veins.

Age — like almost everything else in the body, simple aging makes the veins more prone to dysfunction.

With any one or a combination of these factors acting as a possible cause for vein disease, it is not surprising that such a large percentage of the population can be considered at risk.

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Vitamins and Veins

Healthy veins are not something we think about on a day to day basis. Unfortunately it IS something we should be considering! While we mostly do what we can to keep our bodies healthy, it is important to note that taking a few vitamin supplements can help with vein health, which in turn helps with keeping your veins looking great! Some great supplements to take to keep your veins in top shape are Vitamin K, C, and E. Vitamin K is essential because it not only assists the body in bone formation, but also in blood clotting. If applied topically, Vitamin K can help strengthen capillaries which in turn can keep them from rupturing. Ruptured capillaries can appear as spider veins and splotchy skin, which is not what we want! Vitamin C is important because the body needs Vitamin C to help in the production of collagen and elastin- both of which are important tissues in veins that helps to strengthen them. By strengthening them, you will help painful swelling which can be associated with varicose veins. Lastly Vitamin E is used to help reduce the appearance of existing varicose veins as well as keeping new ones from appearing. Another thing Vitamin E has been noted to do is to help reduce pain for existing varicose veins, which can be very relieving. All in all, while we may not be able to fully prevent varicose veins, we are definitely able to take steps to ensuring that we have the healthiest veins possible, as well as helping to potentially reduce future vein issues!

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Is Your Skin “Fall Ready”?

With fall officially in full swing, we are sure your skin has noticed the drier weather! As the days are getting shorter and colder, especially living in Reno, your skin looses moisture much faster. It is especially important to make sure you are drinking adequate amounts of water. Many of us have heard the “8 glasses per day” rule our whole lives, don’t realize water intake has many more factors that go into it. For instance, you water intake is very dependent on your weight and how active you are. The more you weigh, and the more you lead an active lifestyle, the more water you should be consuming per day. This calculator is a great tool to figure out the amount of water you specifically should be consuming per day. One great feature about this one in particular, is that it also takes into account environmental factors. Water consumption isn’t a stagnant thing- it is constantly changing day to day, as your lifestyle does. Once you are drinking the right amount of water for your body, you will notice not only does your skin feel more naturally hydrated, but your skin will look better, you will feel better, and by regularly flushing out toxins, you will feel much more healthy! So now that it’s fall, make sure you are beating the drier weather with a big glass of water!

 

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