Monthly Archives: October 2013

Skincare Tips The EXPERT Recommends

We asked our aesthetic nurse specialist, Joelle Greene RN, to share quick tips to health skin.

  1. Pour on the protection. Fill the hollow of your palm (about ½ teaspoon) with broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and coat your face, neck and ears- daily.
  2. Look sun-kissed. Tinting your face with a tinted moisturizer or foundation gives the appearance of youthful skin. Using the sun to actually tint your face however is a big no-no.
  3. Eat a skin-saving breakfast. The first meal of the day is really the most important. Eating a food high in essential fatty acids, such as almonds, helps kick start the skin. It also helps stop inflammation, sagging, fine lines, and blotchiness.
  4. Zen your skin. If anyone experiences stress, they will appreciate this. High levels of stress and tension can spike hormone production that leads to breakouts or aggravates conditions like psoriasis. Controlling stress is easier said than done though, to help calm your skin, take 10 minutes to apply a facemask and relax in bed.
  5. Pair your products. Knowing that certain ingredients, like sunscreen and antioxidants work harmoniously together in the morning, and retinols and peptides are a great nighttime team will allow you to take full advantage of a product’s properties.
  6. Wear your veggies (and eat them too!) Frozen peas or gel ice packs help soothe itchy, irritated eyes. To reduce swelling and irritation on your face, placing frozen peas or corn over irritated areas is better than an ice pack because it forms to the contours of your face.


These tips will have you on your way to fresher, more beautiful skin, if you are looking for a more advanced treatment to your skin, contact Joelle for a complementary consultation!

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Free Community Vein Health Screening in Reno


Drs. Robert Merchant and John Daake are offering a free screening event for members of the community who have questions or concerns related to their varicose and spider veins, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), or are looking for information about general vascular health.

Most patients suffering from varicose and spider vein diseases defer treatment during warmer summer months because of lifestyle and wardrobe preferences. Therefore, the practice would like to take this opportunity and the cooler weather as an opportunity to remind patients of the importance of proper vascular health.

Appointments are required, and can be scheduled by called Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100, Monday through Friday during regular business hours. No walk-in patients will be accepted.

As part of this community event, each patient screening appointment will last approximately 15 minutes with the doctor, and it is advised that patients wear shorts or a skirt to best show problem areas easily.

The event will take place:

Wednesday, November 6th from 10:00am-4:30pm

Reno Vein Clinic

9480 Double Diamond Parkway, Suite 100

Reno, NV 89521

This is a free event.

Contact us for more information, (775) 329-3100.

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Easy Exercises For Varicose Vein Prevention

When you hear, “exercising will help prevent varicose veins,” you may think to yourself, “sure… but what kind?” We have the answer for you! These simple exercises can be done at home and will drastically help prevent varicose veins from developing!


Bicycle Kicks

These are best done on a padded surface like your bed or a yoga mat. Lie on your back and raise both legs into the air, then begin to kick your feet in a circular motion as if pedaling a bicycle in midair.




Ankle Flexes

Begin by lying on a comfortably padded surface. Bring your right leg up to your chest and hold it behind the knee. Point your toes into the air, flex your foot and rotate your ankle, then bring your right leg down and repeat on the left side.


Heel Lifts

Find a set of stairs; begin by standing on the bottom step with your heels dangling over the edge. Slowly push yourself up to your toes, holding a handrail for support if needed, then come back down gradually until your heels fall beneath the step again.


These are all easy exercises that can be incorporated into your daily routine, and you can do as many reps of each as you please. These will not only help improve your vein strength, they will also improve your legs and core, and who doesn’t love a workout that does more than one thing? Enjoy!



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Five Ways to Prevent Varicose Veins

Preventing varicose veins is not guaranteed. However, there are steps you can take to try and prevent them. While unsightly, varicose veins can lead to health issues and discomfort. These five steps are simple changes that will help keep your veins in their best shape.


  1. Exercise regularly. Walking and jogging will help improve circulation in the legs, and proper circulation helps to ward off the developments, as well as the worsening of varicose veins. Exercise also helps your overall well being, so enjoy a long walk!
  2. Avoid prolonged standing. Standing in one place for a long time increases pressure on your veins in the legs and feet. Over time, this pressure weakens the vessel walls, which in turn can lead to them collapsing. If prolonged standing is unavoidable at your job, mitigate the harm by shifting your position frequently, and try to walk around every 30 minutes.
  3. Sit properly. Sit up straight and don’t cross your legs. Crossing your legs can put pressure on your veins as well as cause a disruption in the flow of blood in your veins. Good posture also improved circulation!
  4. Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight will put undue pressure and stress on your legs, and more importantly, your veins. Reducing weight will reduce the risks of varicose veins in many instances. Develop healthy eating habits and avoid foods with high calorie and low nutrition content.
  5. Quit smoking. Smoking contributes to a myriad of health issues, but if you need even one more reason, keep in mind that high blood pressure associated with smoking helps cause varicose veins.


These simple tips are easy to weave into your lifestyle and make them a part of your daily routine. We encourage you to live a healthy life in moderation, and doing these simple tricks will also help you to prevent varicose veins.

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Summer To Fall Transition For Your Skin

Now that summer has officially ended, we find ourselves wearing warmer clothing, enjoying Starbucks seasonal drinks (who doesn’t love a Pumpkin Spice Latte in fall?), and changing our routines from summer to autumn. While wearing minimal makeup, such as tinted moisturizers, worked in summer, when fall hits we find our faces needing just a little more moisture and maybe even a little more coverage. To combat that problem, make sure you are picking a morning and night moisturizer that leaves your skin soft and well hydrated. It is also important to still wear SPF during the day, even though the weather isn’t as warm. The sun is still out and can cause damage to the sensitive skin on your face. A BB cream is great to use during the day as well. It provides light coverage as well as the moisture your skin is craving.


Fall is also an important time to be sure you are still drinking a lot of water. Drinking water helps hydrate your body from within, giving you the “glow” you are always reading about. Facials and peels are also helpful in fall. Removing dead skin is essential to keeping pores unclogged and the texture of your skin even. Creating a routine of washing your face, moisturizing, applying any serums, and drinking lots of water is very important. Exfoliating 1 to 2 times a week will give you the extra boost in radiant skin.


While it is tempting to eat all the candy and yummy holiday comfort food, restrain as much as you can. Eating heavy foods and candy can lead to unwanted breakouts, as well as add too much sugar and salt to your diet. Eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water aid in your skin care routine. What you put into your body often times shows in your face- eating unhealthy foods, drinking too much alcohol and not getting enough sleep will make you look tired and sallow. This can be especially punctuated in fall with drier weather and your fading summer glow. Changing up your daily routine accordingly will leave your skin looking and feeling amazing.

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Varicose Veins… what’s the deal?

Varicose veins are not always a cosmetic issue; they can actually become very painful if left untreated. They are usually found of the legs, they can cause an achy pain or heavy feeling in some. In others, varicose veins can cause burning, throbbing and swelling. Sometimes, if untreated, varicose veins can lead to more serious skin problems, such as skin ulcers and blood clots; they are also a good indication of a higher risk of circulatory problems. It is said that between 20 and 25 million Americans have varicose veins.


Spotting varicose veins is simple if you know what to look for. They are dark purple or blue; look twisted and enlarged, and often is raised above the skin. Veins can become varicose when their valves are weakened or damaged, such as the picture above. Normally, valves open and shit to keep blood moving in one direction, which is back towards the heart. When they aren’t working properly, blood can flow backwards through the valves and pool in the veins, causing them to stretch, swell and twist.


To treat them, you really have to start with lifestyle changes. Exercising, elevating your legs, and avoiding long periods of standing or sitting can drastically help ease pain and keep veins from getting worse. In some cases, compression stockings can help alleviate swelling and symptoms as well. For sever varicose veins, there are minimally invasive options that can fade or remove the vein, while newer treatments use radiofrequency, lasers, and heat to close off the vein.


To reduce your rise, you can watch your weight, follow a high-fiber and low-salt diet, and be sure to change positions throughout the day. While you cannot completely prevent varicose veins from forming, and certain risk factors are out of your control, like family history and age; women, unfortunately are at a higher risk for developing varicose veins than men.

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“Ask the Doctor” with Dr. Merchant


Dr. Merchant was featured on “Ask the Doctor” with Wendy Damonte, airing on Monday, September 30, 2013. Dr. Merchant discussed his new technique, which is an updated version of the procedure Radiofrequency Closure. It has now been patented and is considered the modern alternative to vein stripping for varicose veins. Click below to watch the full interview.


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