Evil Queen Can’t Banish Skin Cancer Risks in Winter Actress Charlize Theron’s silky complexion is displayed to diabolical perfection in “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012). But even the evil Queen is powerless to banish the harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation of winter. UV rays not only damage the skin with wrinkles, sagging and brown spots, but just as frost signals winter, long exposure to unchecked UV rays may signal a worse diagnosis: skin cancer. • On overcast days, up to 80 percent of UV rays may still penetrate clouds. • Ice and snow reflect up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays. • UV exposure increases by up to 10 percent for every 1,000 feet above sea level. How can you protect yourself? Before you set out to ski or snow tube, pamper your skin with a lotion
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Trained aesthetic nurses ease the way Sclerotherapy. Botox. Fillers. Laser therapy… the most important factor of these types of medical procedures begins with the expertise of aesthetic nurses. At Mountcastle Plastic Surgery and Vein Institute, you will be attended by the very best – Chief Nurse and Aesthetic Nurse Specialist Amy Herrmann, R.N. and Tammy Lawson, R.N., have a combined 15 years experience. Both women are certified practitioners with hands-on experience who receive annual certification in new aesthetic techniques. Both have performed thousands of procedures: sclerotherapy, Botox®, Juvederm® XC, Restylane®, Perlane® and Radiesse®, as well as Fraxel, Clear + Brilliant and other laser procedures to handle wrinkles, dark spots and spider veins and more. During the initial consultation, Amy or Tammy will assess you as a candidate, take your medical history, and answer your questions. M
A healthy new year’s resolution: Be kind to your veins You’ve heard of acid reflux – a condition in which stomach acids rise up into the esophagus because the valve that separates the stomach contents from the esophagus is faulty. Did you know there’s a reflux that can occur in the veins of your legs? The condition is called superficial venous reflux, and it can lead to varicose veins. Varicose Veins Your legs are made up of a network of veins. Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood back to the heart. Venous reflux disease develops when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged or diseased. Reflux in the leg veinscan cause blood to pool in your legs and lead to symptoms such as pain, swelling, swollen limbs, leg heaviness, restless leg syndrome and fatigue, skin changes and skin ulcers,