Winter's the right time for a bevy of cosmetic procedures, apparently, especially if you're considering laser tattoo removal, light or laser skin treatments and vein removal, aka sclerotherapy. It's not that there's something inherently better about colder weather when it comes to these procedures; it's just that you're more likely to be at your palest, which can be better for laser treatments. Also, you might be most likely to have ditched the fake tan that you use during the warmer months, which is an added bonus for laser addicts as you can't have the treatment done whilst wearing self-tan. Having a procedure like sclerotherapy performed during cooler months can come at an advantage too, as healing veins can be more easily covered with tights or pants — two items not frequently found in warm-weathered wardrobes! Is Winter the time that you think about getting laser and other cosmetic procedures done or do you just get it done as and when you need it, no matter the season?
Enter Asclera. Thanks to a recent FDA approval of this injectable drug, there's another minimally invasive treatment option available come next month. Asclera, aka polidocanol, has been used successfully in Europe for years and is lauded for its impressive safety record. The drug, which is approved to treat the tiniest of spider veins up to bulging veins of three millimeters, has also been known to have fewer side effects, like temporary discoloration, ulceration, or open sores.
Veins, which can be quite painful in some circumstances, are typically more of a cosmetic problem than anything else. Have you ever had treatments done for veins before, and if not, would you consider having something done? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Varicose veins are swollen veins that generally appear on the legs. They are often raised, lumpy, uncomfortable and unpleasant-looking. They form when the valves inside of your veins malfunction and blood winds up seeping down your legs instead of being pumped back up towards your heart. This causes blood to concentrate and swell within weakened areas. Those areas also don't get as much oxygen to them, so the blood is also darker.
According to a recent study, 75% of women and 50% of men in the U.S. suffer from varicose veins and/or spider veins (a less serious form of varicose veins, shown at left).
Varicose veins are genetically inherited. They often occur when there is a hormonal change in your body, when you remain stagnant for more than a few hours at a time, from smoking, from being overweight, and from not drinking enough water. The good news is that they are treatable through surgery, laser treatment and by sclerotherapy — a thin needle injection that safely isolates and destroys the problematic valve inside of the blood vessel.
Have varicose veins and looking for a way to keep them under check? Or worried about getting varicose veins in the future?
Well exercise is an easy and effective way to relieve and prevent varicose veins -- gnarled, enlarged veins. Exercise helps push stagnant blood from the bottom of the legs back to the heart. Furthermore, Luis Navarro, M.D., founder and director of the Vein Treatment Center and senior clinical instructor of surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, suggests working your calf muscles more too. "When you exercise your calf muscles, they act as a pump, taking over for weak valves," Dr. Navarro explains. "So the stronger your calf muscles, and the more you move them, the better." Many women find that exercising on a regular basis helps to ease the pain and discomfort associated with varicose veins and can help prevent the condition from worsening.
So start moving ladies and hop on the calf raise machine at the gym or simply do a few standing calf raises (raise yourself onto your toes and lower your heels back down to the floor) at home to work those calves. Your legs will thank you!
People can develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after they experienced, witnessed, or been confronted with a horrible event such as a car accident, a rape, fighting in a war, or a national disaster.
Having a strong reaction to trauma is completely normal and expected, but PTSD involves an overwhelming reaction of the body's normal psychological defenses against stress. So after the trauma, your body has a hard time coping with regular stressful situations. Symptoms of PTSD include:
- Re-experiencing the traumatic event (daydreaming, flashbacks, and nightmares)
- Emotional detachment - the person avoids any thoughts, activities, places, people, or situations that may be associated with the traumatic event. They become numb and have trouble functioning normally because of it.
- Jumpiness - overreacting to loud noises or small things. They may also be constantly looking around to make sure there's no danger. They may also have trouble sleeping or staying asleep in this high state of awareness.
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Everyone has heard from somebody – their mother, their co-worker, their Pilates instructor – that it is not healthy to cross your legs when sitting. But is it true? I am here to tell you, as one of those Pilates instructors, that YES it is true.
And for a couple of reasons:
- It seriously decreases the circulation to your lower legs. Lack of blood flow to your feet can not only make them fall asleep which is annoying, but it can contribute to varicose veins. Varicose veins are usually on the leg and are large, twisted, and rope-like, and can cause pain, swelling, or itching.
- It can aggravate and even create back problems, especially if you sit cross legged for a long period of time. Sitting that way makes the pelvis really uneven which is ergonomically bad for the health of your spine.
Fit's tip: If you must cross something, just cross your ankles and make sure to alternate which ankle is on top.