Monthly Archives: February 2014

Spider Vein Treatments

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Spider veins can cause discomfort and embarrassment. Fortunately, there are many treatment options that can improve appearances. Spider vein treatments are designed to alleviate symptoms, prevent complications or improve the appearance of spider veins. There are four popular treatment options available today. Compression socks are a good option for individuals that want to reduce leg pain, although they can’t improve appearance. Laser treatments, surgery and sclerotherapy all improve symptoms and appearance. Usually, sclerotherapy is the best option because it has the lowest risk and the least amount of pain.

 

Compression Stockings

Compression stockings are the most affordable spider vein treatment available. These stockings put pressure on the veins in the legs and can alleviate pain and discomfort. There are three types of stockings available. Support pantyhose offer little pressure and cannot apply pressure to a specific area.

 

Laser Treatments

A family physician may use surface laser treatments to treat spider veins. This procedure uses strong bursts of light that are sent throughout the skin. This causes veins to slowly fade, although the process can be very painful even though no needles or incisions are made. Laser treatments do not work for everyone because the laser only works with certain skin types and shades. It’s possible for a single spider vein to require up to five separate treatments and veins larger than 3mm cannot be treated with a laser. Potential side effects include swollen skin and discoloration that can last for months.

 

Surgery

Surgery is the most invasive spider vein treatment available and is reserved for large veins. This procedure involves tying veins shut or removing them completely with small incisions. Although it doesn’t affect circulation, surgery can be hard to recover from and involves many risks. The recovery takes up to a month and pain can last for many weeks. Permanent scars, infection and nerve tissue damage are possible risks of the surgery.

 

Sclerotherapy as a Spider Vein Treatment

By far the most common spider vein treatment is a procedure called sclerotherapy. This treatment usually takes place in the office of a family physician. The doctor will inject a very small amount of liquid chemical into the spider vein, which causes it to swell and then stick together and seal. This stops the flow of blood through the vein and it turns to scar tissue. Within weeks the appearance usually fades completely. No anesthesia is required, although two or three treatments may be necessary for stubborn veins. Compression socks are usually worn afterwards to reduce swelling.

 

If you are interested in researching treatment options, please call us today and set up a consultation! (775) 329-3100.

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Simple Exercises for Varicose Vein Reduction

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With nearly one in four people in this country experiencing some form of leg vein disorder during their lifetimes varicose and spider veins a common occurrence, the frequency and symptoms of which are often exacerbated from working in professions that require prolonged standing or sitting for hours at a time.

Not only are varicose veins unsightly, but they can also be very painful. That tired achy feeling can sap energy and keep you from going out and getting exercise. And while are genes dictate our predisposition to varicose veins the following simple exercises can help minimize the development of new varicose veins and alleviate pain from existing ones.

Walking:
The simplest exercise is to walk more. Get your legs moving. Walking is a great way to encourage blood circulation in your legs. Instead of taking the elevator or escalator use the stairs. Even going for a short walk around the block before going to work is enough to vastly improve symptoms.

Pedaling:
Begin lying on the floor, flat on your back. Place your hands out to your sides, if you prefer you can place them beneath your buttocks to prevent strain to the lower back. Lift your legs off the floor, and pedal them as if you were pedaling a bicycle. The more you elevate your legs, the more you will increase blood circulation. Reversely keeping your legs lower will increase resistance on your abdominals, toning your stomach. Continue this exercise until you feel the blood circulating through your legs and any existing pain has begun to abate.

Leg Lifts:
Unlike leg lifts performed at the gym, which are usually designed to tone your inner or outer thighs, these leg lifts are designed to help ameliorate blood flow through the entire leg. Lie on your back, placing your hands beneath your buttocks to eliminate lower back strain. Keeping your buttocks pressed down, and your lower back against the floor, lift one leg at a time and hold in an elevated pose perpendicular to the floor. Hold this pose until you feel the blood begin to flow back up from your feet, your calves, and your thighs. Repeat the motion with your other leg. For ultimate relaxation, lie on the floor with your buttocks almost touching a wall. Rest both your legs in an elevated pose resting against the wall, and feel the circulation in your legs improve. Alternately, you can raise both legs and rotate your ankles to further improve leg circulation.

Knee bends with ankle flexon:
Lie again on the floor on your back. Slowly pull one knee into your chest, holding onto your leg behind your knee (holding on top of the kneecap puts undue pressure on this delicate joint). While your leg is in this position, point and flex your foot several times. Do this slowly and forcefully – don’t let your flap foot around loosely, but rather tighten the muscles of the calves and the tendons around your ankle. Repeat with the opposite leg.

 

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Go Red For Women Day!

Reno Vein Clinic Goes Red

 

Wearing red in support of women’s heart health. Happy Go Red Day!

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Product Spotlight: A.G.E. Eye Complex by SkinCeuticals

Good Morning, bright eyes!…. or maybe not so much. For many of us, long days, short amounts of sleep and just plain aging can cause our eye area to appear dull, dark and puffy. Thankfully the skincare masters at SkinCeuticals have whipped up this miracle worker to help diminish sallow eyes. Now, that sounds like a bright future ahead!

 

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The signs of intrinsic aging, caused by internal factors such as hormonal shifts and metabolic slowdown, are most evident in the delicate eye area. A.G.E. Eye Complex is a three-dimensional treatment that contains a unique combination of ingredients to dramatically improve dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness caused by intrinsic aging.

  • Proxylane™ reduces wrinkles and crow’s feet
  • Blueberry extract helps prevent future wrinkles and crow’s feet
  • Complex of flavonoids and synergistic peptides reduces the appearance of dark circles and diminishes puffiness and under-eye bags
  • Optical diffusers improve radiance in tired, dull eyes

You can purchase A.G.E. Eye Complex as well as other amazing SkinCeuticals products at Reno Vein Clinic. Not sure what product is right for you? Our resident skincare expert, Joelle Greene can help prescribe the best product for whatever issues your skin may face.

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