Month: July 2015

What Can You Do About Varicose Veins?

leg-SmallAre varicose veins causing you pain, limiting your wardrobe choices, or making you self-conscious about your appearance? Sclerotherapy may be able to help you. Keep reading to learn more about this tried and trusted procedure:

What Is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy has been used since the 1930s. It is a procedure designed to eliminate varicose veins as well as spider veins. In most cases a salt solution is injected into your veins using a very thin needle. The procedure causes the lining of the blood vessels to stick together. After awhile the blood vessel becomes scar tissue and then fades.

The procedure takes 15-30 minutes and you may need to go in for multiple sessions. The length of the procedure and number of sessions needed will depend on each individual case.

Preparing For Sclerotherapy

If you’re considering sclerotherapy, it is important to discuss any health conditions with your doctor. Sclerotherapy may not be safe if you’ve had problems with blood clotting and it isn’t safe for pregnant women.

After you’ve made sure the procedure will be safe for you, you can prepare for the procedure.

In most cases you shouldn’t apply lotion to your legs before the procedure and you should avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medications 48-72 hours before the procedure. If you’re taking other medications, tell your doctor about them.

Recovering After Sclerotherapy

Use the following tips to aid your recovery after a sclerotherapy procedure:

  • Walk daily, but avoid strenuous aerobic exercise
  • Wear the compression hosiery recommended by your doctor
  • Take cooler showers than usual
  • Avoid hot showers
  • Don’t use hot compresses
  • Avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs

The results of sclerotherapy aren’t usually immediate, but they are usually long lasting. If you’ve had spider veins treated, it will probably take about 3 to 6 weeks for the results to become noticeable. If larger veins have been treated it may take a few months for the results to appear.

Sclerotherapy can eliminate painful and unsightly varicose veins. Look forward to wearing shorts and skirts again without feeling self-conscious. To learn more about this procedure visit Sahara Medical Institute.

7 Ways To Get Healthy, Beautiful Skin

sunshine-blondHealthy, clear skin is a sign of youth and beauty. Find out how to get healthy, beautiful skin below:

1. Stick To Good Habits

Simple daily habits will go a long way toward keeping your skin healthy and beautiful.

  • Wash your face in the morning and before bed with mild cleanser.
  • Never sleep with your makeup on.
  • Use a moisturizing cream during the day, even before you begin to notice signs of aging.
  • Use retinoid cream at night.
  • Keep your hair away from your face and avoid touching your face with your hands.

2. Eat The Right Foods

A healthy diet protects your body and gives your skin a youthful glow. Salmon, Greek yogurt, pomegranates, avocados, walnuts, blueberries, spinach, kale, and green tea can all help your skin stay healthy and young.

3. Get Enough Sleep

Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every night—this is one of the simplest ways to keep your skin looking young. Being too tired can make you look and feel older and it takes a hefty toll on your skin.

4. Stay Hydrated

Your body needs water to stay healthy and so does your skin. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. It will help flush out toxins and moisturize your skin.

5. Exercise Regularly

Exercise keeps oxygen flowing to your body and improves circulation—this can give your skin a healthy glow. Regular exercise also causes perspiration, which eliminates toxins from your body before they can damage your skin.

6. Prevent Sun Damage

Sun damage can age your skin faster than almost anything else. Take extra measures to protect your skin from the sun every day, but especially when you’ll be outside.

  • Use face moisturizer with sunscreen.
  • Wear a broad rimmed hat when spending time outside.
  • Choose sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply it throughout the day—you may need to reapply more often if you’ll be at a high elevation or if you’ll be in the water.
  • When appropriate wear clothing that covers your skin to protect it from harmful UV rays.
  • Do not use tanning beds or lay out in the sun for long periods of time—explore other, safer options if you want a sun-kissed tint to your skin.

7. Explore Treatment Options

After doing everything you can on your own to take care of your skin, it is time to consult a professional. There are many treatments available that can improve the appearance of your skin.

If you’d like to get clearer smoother skin, ask about microdermabrasion or a chemical peel. If you’d like to eliminate wrinkles or restore a youthful fullness to your face, ask about Botox and dermal fillers.  The team at Sahara Medical Institute can help you find a solution that suits you, schedule a consultation to learn more.