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6 Things You Need to Know About Spider Veins

There are actually many misconceptions about varicose and spider veins. Here are some of the most common: Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 4.00.50 PM

1. Crossing your legs doesn’t cause varicose veins. Neither does wearing high heels. The pooling of blood is actually more commonly caused by prolonged standing and/or sitting. Other notable causes: obesity, smoking, lack of exercise and hormonal birth control.

2. They’re not just a cosmetic problem. Probably the most common misconception about varicose veins is that people only get them treated because they’re, well, vain. Though experts agree that varicose veins are most often not a health issue, they shouldn’t be ignored. Varicose veins cause fatigue of the legs, swelling and general discomfort. They can also be a warning of  long term health risks including: deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, poor circulation and leg swelling,.

3. It’s definitely genetic, but don’t be too quick to blame one parent or the other. You can inherit the tendencies from either, or both sides of the family, and it can even skip a generation.

4. Varicose veins and spider veins aren’t the same thing.

Spider veins are:

  • small, thin blue blood vessels that can be seen under the skin
  • usually harmless
  • can be a symptom of poor circulation and varicose vein formation

Varicose veins are:

  • stretched-out veins where blood has pooled
  • thick, “ropey” and protrude out of legs
  • occur when one-way valves don’t work properly

5. There’s no proven way to reduce the appearance (aside from professional treatment), though some patients use makeup to cover up their prominent veins. But you can ease the painful symptoms. One temporary solution: Compression stockings or pantyhose

6. Treatment is better than ever, so that’s good news is that treatment today is quite advanced. There are no scars, no cutting—very minimal recovery.  And it is all offered at Reno Vein Clinic.

Call us at 775-329-3100 to schedule a consultation. Our procedures are done in an office setting,  away from the hospital and with no need  for general anesthesia.


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Compression Stockings… And how they help with problematic veins

At Reno Vein Clinic, we recommend that you wear stockings throughout the day to relieve problematic vein symptoms.

  • For very mild symptoms, you may want to start out using regular support panty hose, knee highs or knee socks. You may find that these help swelling and aching considerably. They are also less expensive than the special compression stockings a doctor prescribes, and they are available at most department stores or online.\
  • For more serious symptoms, you may want to buy special compression stockings from a medical supply store (with a doctor’s prescription), where you can be fitted for them.

Compression Stockings gently squeeze your legs to move blood up your legs. This helps prevent leg swelling and, to a lesser extent, blood clots. If you have varicose veins, spider veins, or have just had surgery, we may advise you  to use compression stockings.

For more questions about compression stockings and post vein treatment care, call our office for a consultation (775) 329-3100.


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How To Treat “Bacne” (Back Acne)



Most of us have suffered through the occasional pimple or breakout, many of which appear on our face. But, another region that sometimes doesn’t get as much attention is the back. Many men and women suffer from back acne find it  uncomfortable to be in a bathing suit or show their back in public. Back acne isn’t just limited to your actual back, it can spread down your back onto your buttocks as well as wrap around to your chest area.


This acne is similar to facial acne in both its symptoms and its treatments. Unfortunately, people who suffer from sever facial acne are also more prone to suffering from acne in other places on their body as well. Acne forms when pores or hair follicles become clogged with dead skin and oil. Therefor, it makes sense that acne can come from wherever there are sebaceous glands (the glands responsible for the production of sebum, or oil—and hair follicles). Blemishes can appear almost anywhere on the body except the palms of your hands and soles of your feel. Acne on the body poses another challenge because it can be harder to control than facial acne since the skin on your body is thicker and has larger pores that can become clogged. Plus, these areas are often clothed, which means your skin has constant contact with the oil it produces.


You obviously can’t stop your skin from secreting oil and clogging your pores, but you can help prevent body acne by cleansing your skin properly.


Our skincare expert Joelle Greene offers some quick tips to battle body acne:



Invest in a coarse rag or loofa to exfoliate your skin in the shower, be sure to keep this clean and wash with antibacterial soap often.


Change clothes post-workout.

Moist, sweaty clothing like a fitted sports bra or jersey are a breeding ground for bacteria that can clog pores. Be sure to shower and swap out your clothing for something clean and lighter after you work out.


Change your sheets more frequently.

A fresh change of bed sheets will ensure you’re sleeping on a clean and bacteria-free zone. Many times our body heat increases with sleep which can cause us to sweat and blog our pores


There are many body washes on the market not that will help treat body acne, however, it is best to visit a specialist and determine your course of action to properly tackle your acne. Like everything in life, it will take some research, diligence and possible lifestyle changes, but body acne can be managed.


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Understanding Spider Veins




Many times spider veins can be seen as solely a cosmetic problem- posing no real threat to a person’s health and well-being. While the potential health threats of spider veins are slightly less than varicose veins, it’s important to understand what causes them and know that if left untreated, spider veins can cause some serious physical discomfort.


What they are:

First of all, spider veins are tiny blood vessels that appear beneath the skin in twisted patterns of red, blue or purple veins. In 25% of cases, spider veins are a secondary condition caused by vein disease or varicose veins. For this reason, it is important to consult a board certified phlebologist for a thorough diagnosis and look at your treatment options.


What are the risks?

Hormonal changes, especially in women, are the likely causes of spider veins., especially during pregnancy and menopause. As the veins become weaker, blood may begin to pool and cause the formation of unsightly spider veins. There are some lifestyle habits that could lead to spider veins as well. Inactivity is a leading lifestyle cause for spider veins, because the veins in the legs are not supported by muscle and structure and freer blood circulation takes place. Not drinking enough water, smoking and drinking alcohol are also major contributing factors. If you suffer from spider veins, it is important to discuss your treatment options and help prevent more from appearing.


For any questions about treating spider veins, contact Reno Vein Clinic (775) 329-3100

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Do I have Rosacea? And Is It Treatable?



Do you notice excessive redness around your nose, cheeks, chin and forehead? Do you constantly feel like you look flushed and can’t seem to cover up the redness, even with makeup? Well, you might be the sufferer of a very common skin disease, rosacea. Rosacea typically appears as little bumps or pimples over red, blotch skin that generally is located in the nose, chin and forehead region. Rosacea can also cause burning and soreness in the sufferers eyes and typically appears in persons over the age of 30. Some people even say that having rosacea keeps them from feeling confident at work or in social situations.


What Causes Rosacea?


Experts are not exactly sure what causes rosacea to appear. They know that something irritates the skin, but rosacea doesn’t appear to be an infection caused b bacteria, rather a persistent irritation, and seems to run in families. The pattern of redness on a persons face make it easy for a doctor to diagnose rosacea, and most of the time, medical tests are not even needed. The skin disease often flares when something causes the blood vessels to flare-up, causing them to expand, which then causes redness. Some triggers can be exercise, sun and wind exposure, hot weather, stress, spicy foods, alcohol, and hot baths.


What Are The Symptoms?


  • A flushed, red face with sensitive, dry skin that may burn or sting.
  • Small bumps and pimples or acne-like breakouts.
  • Skin that gets coarser and thicker, with a bumpy texture.
  • Dry, red irritated eyes.
  • In rare cases, rosacea may cause permanent effects, such as thickening of the skin on your face or loss of vision.


How Is It Treated?


  • Redness and breakouts can be treated with pills, such as low-dose antibiotics like doxycycline and skin creams that contain medicine.
  • Redness from tiny blood vessels can be treated with lasers.
  • Dry, sensitive skin can be protected with products for sensitive skin.
  • Thickened or bumpy skin on the nose or face can be treated with cosmetic surgery.


It is most important to visit your doctor or dermatologist to determine if you suffer from rosacea, and together you can determine your best coarse of treatment.



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What Is The Treatment Process For Botox?



Botox can seem a little intimidating if you don’t know what the actual procedure entails.  Here’s some basic information about how easy the procedure and recovery can be!


Before the Treatment


  • Schedule a consultation to determine whether you are a candidate for Botox.
  • You will then be asked about your goals to determine where to administer Botox- to do this, you will be asked to move certain facial muscles in your brow area. The location, size and use of the muscles that create furrow beneath your brows can vary among individuals.
  • This is the time to ask any questions you may have about expectations or how long results typically last.
  • It is also important to discuss goals and tailor a plan for what you would like to achieve.


The Treatment


  • Administering Botox does not require anesthesia. However, if you are uncomfortable, you may have an area numbed with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. Discomfort is usually minimal and brief.
  • You will receive a few tiny injections of Botox directly into the muscles that cause moderate to severe frown lines between the brows.
  • The entire treatment lasts approximately 10 minutes.


After the Treatment


  • No downtime is needed- you’re ready to get on with your day after!
  • Your skincare expert will give you specific aftercare instructions.
  • Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness- should they become extremely troublesome, contact a professional (though this is usually not expected).

Overall, Botox is a quick procedure with minimal discomfort and downtime! Results that can last from six months to a year which include improved fine lines and softened wrinkles on the face. We know you’ll love your results! To schedule an appointment with Joelle, please call (775) 329-3100.

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Product Spotlight: Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion



Looking for a daily antioxidant that offers protection and brightens the skin? Well, look no further! Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, Joelle Greene, RN recommends the Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion. It’s great for all skin types and is a wonderful way to protect your skin from dryness this winter.

These Vitamin C lotions are formulated with the newest, highly stabilized form of Vitamin C for healthy, radiant skin. The 30% formula contains one of the strongest concentrations of Vitamin C available.

  • Contains THD Ascorbate, a very powerful form of Vitamin C
  • Brightens dull skin
  • Provides a full line-up of antioxidants, including Vitamin E and Coenzyme Q10
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Includes the latest stabilization and delivery technologies
  • Moisturizes and conditions skin with naturally derived Squalane

Who benefits – All skin types.

To purchase the Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion or to see the entire Revision Skincare Collection, visit Reno Vein Clinic!

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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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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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“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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