Why IAC Accreditation Is Important for Vein Clinics

Do you suffer from varicose or spider veins? Unfortunately, these issues don’t go away on their own. You must see a professional. Someone who treats venous disorders. But who should you see? Whether you come see us at Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City, or another vein expert, make sure that the facility received accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). 

What Is IAC Accreditation?


IAC accreditation exists in an effort to improve health care. The IAC accredits an imaging clinic or hospital only after they’ve determined that those facilities are in compliance with IAC standards. Obtaining accreditation is important because it shows which facilities are trustworthy. An accredited facility has to undergo an intensive application and review process to earn the honor. This includes a self-evaluation, as well as a thorough review of the facility’s operational and technical components by a panel of medical experts.

What Is Vascular Accreditation?


Vascular accreditation is awarded when an imaging facility proves that they’re committed to both patient care and vascular testing.
This is the type of clinic that you want to visit when seeking help for varicose or spider veins. Your health is important, so it makes sense to visit professionals that take your health as seriously as you do.

Recent Accreditation at Two Locations


If you’re in search of an accredited clinic, look no further. The Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City receives IAC accreditation at all of our locations. Our Liberty, MO and Overland Park, KS locations just recently renewed their accreditation by receiving a three-year term of accreditation in vascular testing. You can trust our team of professionals to provide the latest and best treatment options for your venous issues.

When you search for a doctor to help with your cardiovascular problems, make sure they’re accredited by the IAC. Contact us online or call (913) 541-3377 if you need help with spider or varicose veins.

4 Food Tips That Can Help You Achieve Healthier Veins

Often times, when you hear about improving your veins people think about the most common vein issues; varicose veins or spider veins. Sure, varicose veins can impact the visual appearance of your legs, hands, and feet, but it’s also important to improve your veins for better inner body health.

Your veins are the gateway to your heart and impact your blood circulation. In fact, we eat foods to keep our body healthy, right? Why not incorporate foods into your diet that are going to help you achieve healthier veins? The following user-friendly guide discusses four food options that can improve your veins.

4 Foods That Can Improve Your Vein Health

1. Vitamin C

Foods rich in vitamin C can actually tone and strengthen your veins. Include more vitamin C into your diet to improve your veins by eating more fruits and vegetables. You should eat as many fruits and vegetables with vitamin C as you can on a daily basis.

Fruits:

  • strawberries
  • kiwi
  • mango
  • pineapples
  • oranges

Vegetables:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • kale
  • bell peppers
  • broccoli

2. Fiber

A lack of fiber can lead to constipation that causes straining and can damage the valves of the veins. By incorporating more fiber into your diet, you can reduce constipation and improve the function of your veins. Do your best to incorporate more fiber in your diet by adding it to your meals and finding unique recipes that include fiber.

Fiber Packed Foods:

  • oats
  • carrots
  • flaxseed
  • peas
  • apples

Bonus tip:  If you add a lot of fiber to your diet, make sure you increase your water intake. Too much fiber and not enough water can cause constipation as well.

3. Colorful foods

Colorful foods can do a lot to reduce the appearance of varicose veins. In fact, the natural bioflavonoids found in colorful foods can also ease swelling, stress, and pain. Bioflavonoids can also obstruct free radical stress inside your vessels. For this reason, it’s important to eat as many foods packed with bioflavonoids as you can.

Foods & Fruits Rich In Bioflavonoids:

  • citrus fruits
  • red/yellow onions
  • raspberries
  • blueberries

4. Nitrates

Food rich in nitrates will help the flow of blood throughout the veins and get oxygen to the muscles quicker. Nitrates are a vasodilator. Vasodilators dilate (or widen) the blood vessels, which improves blood flow and allows more oxygen-rich blood to reach the heart muscle. Nitrates also relax the veins to ease the workload on the heart when blood is returning to the heart from the arms and legs.

Foods Rich In Nitrates:

  • beets
  • salmon
  • radishes

Hidden Bonus to Eating Better

The bottom line is, try to incorporate these foods into your diet on a daily basis. Over time, it will become a new “norm” to include the fruits, veggies, and food mentioned above into your diet to improve the health and wellness of your veins. Best of all, eating better can also help you lose weight.

If you suffer from varicose or spider veins, the Vein Clinic of Kansas City can help. Give us a call at (913) 541-3377 or contact us online.

We Make More Than Legs Look Great!

Cosmetic Procedures by AstheticKC

It’s summertime. The days are long and your friends are going on a scheduling spree, filling up every weekend and summer night with something spectacular. Everything from beach picnics to spa days to volunteering. It all sounds like so much fun. But you decline every single invitation – except maybe volunteering. You’re sure that if you even accidentally show off that part of your body to your friends, they will judge you. You stick yourself in a pair of good ol’ jeans and giant tee-shirt and you wait until fall brings back the jackets and coats and you’re mentally okay with going outside again.

Vein Clinic Offers Many Aesthetic Services

Whether it’s hair, vein, body shape, or skin problems, you’re not alone. We’re here to help. That’s right, we’re not just about veins. While we do use the latest technology, the Nd:YAG laser for removing spider veins on the face and neck, our AestheticKC division can help you look good from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. Here are just a few of the services we offer besides treatments for spider and varicose veins:

Hair Restoration

Using minimally invasive technology that won’t scar, induce pain, or incisions, you could be growing your own hair in a matter of months! You can go hat, sunscreen, and embarrassment-free and your friends are sure to comment on how great your hair looks.

Body Contouring

Okay, so get this: FDA approved, 25-minute procedure, and zero downtime to get the tummy you’ve always dreamed of having. SculpSure uses heat to literally destroy the fat cells. They just melt away and your body eliminates them naturally. That’s right – no scars, no surgery, no recovery time. You can even treat multiple areas on your body at the same time!

Hair Removal

Vein KC can help you with hair removalImagine no more shaving underarms, legs, or bikini lines. We use the LightSheer Diode laser, the only laser recognized by the FDA for permanent hair reduction. This procedure may be safely used for all skin types. A series of six treatments is recommended for optimal results.

 

Anti-Aging Treatments

  • Ultherapy
    They call it the no-surgery facelift. In less than one hour, ultrasound therapy tightens skin on your face and neck.
  • Botox® or Dysport® Injections
    Non-surgical treatment to improve the look of lines that form when muscles that control facial expressions are used over and over.
  • Dermal Fillers
    Non-permanent prescription products used to fill those wrinkles, plump lips, and repair facial imperfections.
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photo Rejuvenation
    A series of intense pulse light treatments reduces redness from blood vessels and chronic rosacea, pigmentary changes (age spots/sun damage), and promotes collagen synthesis.
  • Crystal Free Microdermabrasion
    This exfoliation process diminishes fine lines and reduces the appearance of skin damage from aging and the sun.
  • Dermaplaning
    A great alternative to chemical peels and microdermabrasion, it exfoliates the outer layer of dead skin cells and removes fine facial hair, and improves broken capillaries, redness, and rosacea.
  • Chemical Peels
    Naturally occurring fruit acids in these treatments loosen the dead cells from the skin’s surface, allowing healthier skin cells to come through for a smoother texture and a radiant appearance.
  • Customized Facial
    Our aesthetician will customize a facial treatment to best suit your skin type and condition. Facials include an exfoliating treatment, extractions if needed, and a soothing facial massage.
  • HydroWand Facial
    This facial system exfoliates, infuses, and rejuvenates the skin reducing lines and wrinkles. Vacuum-assisted infusion causes a deeper penetration for lasting results.
  • Galvanic Facial
    Mild electric currents consisting of positive and negative ions refresh, stimulate, and rejuvenate the skin. This process helps increase blood circulation, improve muscle tone, and clear blocked pores.
  • Eyelash & Brow Tinting
    If you have sparse or fair eyebrows or eyelashes, let us transform them with a natural, fuller look.

We do veins, but we take pride in doing so much more for you to make you look younger, thinner, and more confident!

To talk to one of our highly trained aestheticians, call us today at (913) 541-3377 or simply contact us online!

 

Vein clinic KC downloadable guide over sculpture

Does SculpSure Hurt?

vein-clinic-SculpsureMaybe you’ve heard about SculpSure, the fat melting treatment that uses lasers to target those hard-to-lose areas of fat on your body. Sounds great doesn’t it? Maybe you’ve been considering it, but there’s one big question you still have…does it hurt? Fair question. Let’s see what people who have had the procedure have to say.

How Does SculpSure Work?

First things first, what exactly does the procedure entail? With SculpSure, targeted laser energy heats fat cells under your skin without harming your skin’s surface. Raising the temperature of the individual cells damages their structural integrity. Over the next 12 weeks or so, your body’s lymphatic system will process and eliminate them from your body. That’s it – the fat cells are permanently removed and won’t regenerate.

Lasers Sound Scary

No one likes pain, so one of the questions we hear most about the procedures we do at the Vein Clinic – varicose and spider vein treatments and various aesthetic procedures – is, “Will it hurt?” Of course, we’d like to tell you every one of our treatments is totally pain-free, but that’s not always the case. Luckily for those patients considering SculpSure, the answer is easy! Find out what it feels like to be on the receiving end of our body contouring treatment.

What Does SculpSure Feel Like?

SculpSure uses a laser to damage and destroy fat cells. The heat of this laser is balanced out by the SculpSure system’s cooling element. While the equipment is constantly cooling your skin throughout the treatment, the heat of the laser varies. Because your body can only interpret so much information at one time, patients report alternating heating and cooling sensations during their treatment.

A common description is that “pins and needles” sensation we’ve all felt when we’ve slept on an arm wrong, or crossed our legs for too long. Generally, patients say the procedure was only moderately uncomfortable at times, and usually less painful than other cosmetic procedures. Plus, the good news is that this particular treatment only takes about 25 minutes to complete, so any minor pain is definitely short lived!

So, Does SculpSure Hurt?

Because each one of us has a different level of pain tolerance, it’s impossible to answer this question for everyone. While most of our patients only experience very mild discomfort, there is some wiggle room if you find the procedure to be too uncomfortable. Knowing that we can reduce the intensity of the treatment, to an extent, while still maintaining its effectiveness usually puts our patients’ minds at ease.

If you’d like to learn more about SculpSure, call the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City at (913) 541-3377. Dr. Barbieri and his staff will be more than happy to answer your questions and concerns!


Getting Rid of Spider Veins Is as Easy as 1-2-3!

spider veins on the back of a woman's leg

Spider veins are similar to varicose veins because they are swollen veins. However, spider veins are more delicate and occur in clusters. Most commonly located on the calves, thighs, or ankles; spider veins appear as red, blue, or purple groups of tangled vessels. Since they occur in patches, spider veins may be even more noticeable than varicose veins.

Three Easy Treatments for Spider Veins

Besides being an unsightly nuisance, spider veins can be painful. Spider veins are caused by things you can’t control like weight gain, pregnancy, and age. The one thing you can control is how fast you can get rid of them. We have three easy treatments available to get rid of those spider veins and have your legs ready to show off in no time.

1. Compression/Support Garments

Compression garments are designed to reduce the pressure that creates the appearance of spider veins. They increase blood flow which reduces pain, swelling, and fatigue. Personalized support garments are measured and fitted to your legs to meet your unique compression needs. This specialized fit creates targeted healing to get rid of spider veins faster.

2. Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is an injection or a series of injections that collapse the veins and cause them to be naturally reabsorbed into the body. A tiny needle is used for the procedure and minimal pain is experienced. Results can be seen as early as three weeks. You may require more than one treatment to fully eradicate all visible spider veins.

3. Laser Therapy

A laser is used to send a focused beam of light to the affected veins without causing damage to the surrounding veins and tissue. Laser heat destroys the spider veins so they can be reabsorbed. The procedure is completed in less than 30 minutes without the need for anesthesia. As with sclerotherapy, results are not instantaneous, and you’ll need a few treatments for permanent results.

You don’t have to live with unsightly spider veins. Getting rid of them is as easy as 1-2- 3. To learn more about getting rid of your spider veins call us at (913) 541-3377 or contact us online.

If you’d like to remove spider veins on your legs, face, or chest, download our FREE guide to the know the signs and symptoms you should be watching out for:

Make 2019 Your “You” Year

What are your goals for 2019? Is 2019 finally the year that you take control of your personal well-being? Make 2019 the year you truly focus on your needs. It is time to capture the saying, “New year, new you!” The Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City is here to help you do just that. We offer a multitude of ways to help our patients look and feel better in their own skin. Choose the services that will make you feel the best about you!

Varicose and Spider Vein Removal

Being on your feet all day puts pressure in your legs and can contribute to the development of varicose or spider veins. For many people, these veins are simply unsightly and primarily a cosmetic concern. For others, they can start to become uncomfortable, aching and throbbing. Varicose veins can lead to larger health problems if left untreated.

We are here to help you make 2019 the time to be proactive about your health and avoid these potential health concerns. There are many treatment options for varicose veins. Check them out and give us a call for a free consultation. If you are concerned about your spider veins see the treatment options here. Whether you want to look in the mirror and feel like yourself again, or you want to escape the throbbing pain that you deal with each day, our simple treatments will help you get your life back.

SculpSure

2018 New Year’s resolutions report that 45% of Americans wanted to lose weight or get into shape (Statista, 2018). Even if you are one of the few who follows through with a consistent workout regimen, you still might feel you are not seeing those results in the mirror. If you cannot see your body changing after dedicating so much time taking care of it, we are here to tell you, that it is not your fault.

Stubborn body fat can cling to you, which creates those “problem areas” you just can’t exercise away. SculpSure is a non-invasive procedure that “melts” the fat off of you. We will target the areas that hold you back from feeling like your full, confident self. SculpSure can help make 2019 the year you uncover the body that you have dreamed of.

Aesthetic Services

Skin is the largest organ on the human body. Feeling comfortable and confident in your own skin is so important. Our aestheticians work with our patients to develop a treatment plan and educate them on how to continue that self-improvement routine at home. What would make you feel beautiful?

Maybe you are looking to tighten up that loose skin on your neck or soften those deep lines that you have developed over the years. You might be feeling self-conscious about a scar that you have. Or maybe you’d just like to get rid of that unwanted back, underarm, or leg hair. Whatever state you are in about your self-image, make plans, not excuses, to improve it. Take charge this month and book a consultation. See our full list of esthetic services. Let us take care of you this year. You deserve to feel strong and confident in your own skin.

Make 2019 your best year ever. Live your life to the fullest. Making 2019 your “you” year starts by making January your “me” month. Call us at (913) 541-3377 or contact us to schedule an appointment.

 

You Can’t Change What Nature Gave You…or Can You?

Change What Nature Gave YouSometimes, we just draw the short straw when it comes to genetics. Maybe you got your mother’s hips or your dad’s fleshy middle. You’ve worked hard to stay in shape, but there’s that one area that refuses to get smaller, no matter how hard you diet and exercise. If you’re close to your ideal weight, but there are parts of you that say otherwise, it may be time to give genetics a kick in the tushie and opt for somebody sculpting measures.

SculpSure Melts Fat in Specific Areas


At Aesthetic KC, we have something that will help – SculpSure. SculpSure is an FDA-approved light-based (laser) treatment that targets and destroys fat cells in specific areas. It’s great for those stubborn spots like love handles, tummy pooches, saddlebags, and buttocks. It has quite a few things going for it that have added to its popularity. Here are some of the reasons our patients are loving SculpSure:

    • FDA approved
    • 25-minute procedure
    • Can treat multiple areas at once
    • OVER 90% patient satisfaction
    • Effective on all skin types
  • No recovery/downtime

25 Minutes, No Surgery, No Scars, No Downtime


SculpSure uses a laser to damage fat cells in problem areas. These fat cells are permanently destroyed and naturally eliminated by your body in the weeks following your treatment. The result is a slimmer appearance with no surgery, no scars, and no downtime.

Use Your Holiday Money Now to Look Great by Spring


So if you’ve tried everything, but still have those areas that simply defy exercise, try SculpSure. Use that company bonus or extra holiday money to do something that you will enjoy for years to come. You don’t have to be sentenced to a lifetime of dissatisfaction with your figure. Give us 25 minutes and watch the fat melt away over the next 12 weeks.

To make an appointment or find out more, call us at (913) 541-3377 or contact us online.


Love the Skin You’re In with Help from Aesthetic KC

Aesthetic KCAt AestheticKC, we offer many different skin care products from the best names in the industry. Our estheticians are trained and educated to help you find the best solution to your skin care concerns. No matter what you’re looking for, the professionals at AestheticKC can guide you in the right direction. Here are some of the skin care services and products we offer:

Botox

BOTOX® Cosmetic is the first and only treatment FDA-approved to temporarily make moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines look better in adults. You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours, with results lasting up to four months for moderate to severe frown lines.
This 10-minute treatment with minimal downtime delivers predictable, subtle results, so you look like you, only with less noticeable facial lines.

Skinceuticals

Skinceuticals promises to provide advanced skincare backed by science. Born from decades of skin cancer research that led to pivotal breakthroughs in antioxidants, their high potency formulas are concentrated in pure actives and proven to penetrate optimally into skin. Made in the USA, their formulas correct signs of aging, protect healthy skin, and prevent future damage.

Juvéderm

The world’s #1 selling collection of dermal fillers lets you volumize, smooth skin and reduce lines and wrinkles. Lift and contour cheeks to correct age-related volume loss with Juvéderm Voluma XC. Add subtle volume and get rid of vertical lip lines with Juvéderm Volbella XC, or full-on plump your lips with Juvéderm Ultra XC.  

DermaMedics Professional

DermaMedics utilizes its expertise in skin science to develop novel skin care products that are specifically designed for physicians and other medical professionals. Their patented and patent-pending botanically derived compounds are specifically selected to be extremely gentle and non-irritating regardless of how damaged the skin may be. DermaMedics designs and tests every formulation on human skin to not only optimize effectiveness, but to ensure sure that each formulation is extremely gentle and soothing when applied to the skin.

PCA SKIN®

PCA SKIN® has been and continues to be a trusted innovator in the development of highly effective professional treatments and daily care products. Their vision is to improve people’s lives by providing results-oriented skin care solutions that are backed by science for the health of your unique skin. Our licensed skin health professionals have been trained and certified by PCA SKIN® as a PCA Certified Professional and are knowledgeable about each of the products. They can select the best combination of PCA SKIN® products for your skin and get you the results you want.

Whether you have sensitive skin, just need to look a little fresher, or want anti-aging treatments, the staff at AestheticKC have the products you need to look your best. Just make an appointment and they will lead you to the solution that’s best for you. Call us at (913) 541-3377 or contact us online.

Ultherapy: The Facelift with No Surgery or Downtime

Ultherapy & Ultralight TherapyUltherapy, or Ultrasound Therapy for those who like to know word origins, is an FDA-approved treatment to lift the eyebrow, tissue beneath the chin, lift neck tissue, improve lines and wrinkles of the décolleté (upper chest area beneath the neck). Ultherapy is the only non-invasive, government-verified treatment to get you the facelift you want without the surgery you don’t.

Ultherapy Stimulates Collagen

But how does it work? Simply put, Ultherapy uses a machine to stimulate the growth of the natural collagen in your skin that keeps you looking fresh, young, and alive. The procedure takes approximately one hour…and that’s it! Once the collagen is stimulated, your skin takes care of the rest in a completely natural process.

See Full Results in 2-3 Months

With no long-lasting side effects, minimal discomfort, and absolutely no downtime after the procedure, this treatment is reshaping the way people rejuvenate their skin. In as little as two to three months, you’ll see smoother, firmer, and younger looking skin every time you look in the mirror. Just ask any of these very satisfied customers.

See How Ultherapy Would Look on You

If reviews aren’t really your cup of tea, give this a try. It’s a tool that lets you preview how great you could be looking in just a few short months. Just select the areas you’re interested in revitalizing, upload a selfie, and be amazed at how fantastic you can be. It’s that easy!

Just One Hour and No Downtime

Rather than go through all the hassle and recovery time and side effects that come with surgically lifting your face, make the choice that lets your face naturally and easily do the work for you. Ultherapy helps you invigorate your skin, so that every time you look in the mirror, your beautiful reflection invigorates you. All it takes is one hour!

With stunning results like these, don’t wait! Contact us today at (913) 541-3377 to schedule your appointment, and we’ll have you looking your absolute best in no time!

6 Cosmetic Solutions with No Downtime

Cosmetic Solutions With No DowntimeSo maybe you don’t want plastic surgery, but you’d like to look a little younger than you do. The good news is that there are plenty of fast, easy, low-commitment cosmetic procedures that will work wonders without the time or money commitment of plastic surgery. The Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City’s aesthetic division, AestheticKC, offers a variety of procedures that will take care of spots, wrinkles, saggy skin, unwanted hair, spider veins and more. Read on to see which solution solves your problem.

Problem – Saggy Skin on Neck, Chin or Brow

Solution – Ultherapy®

With Ultherapy, ultrasound is used to stimulate collagen deep within the skin. This focused stimulation results in tighter, firmer skin, even on your neck! Ultherapy® is the only FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment for lifting sagging skin on the neck, chin, and brow.

Problem – Fine Lines & Frown Lines on Face

Solution – Botox®, Dysport® and Belotero®

We offer Botox® to help fill fine lines formed from muscles making the same expressions over time. During this simple, non-surgical treatment Botox® Dysport® or Belotero® is injected into those muscles to temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines between the brows.

  • Full results in 3-10 days
  • Non-surgical
  • No downtime

Problem – Fine Lines, Thin Lips, Scars

Solution – Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers are non-permanent prescription products used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, plump lips, and repair or improve other facial imperfections, including hollow cheeks or scars.

  • Results last 6-12 months
  • Non-surgical
  • No downtime

Problem – Age Spots, Sun Damage, Broken Blood Vessels

Solution – Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photo Rejuvenation

With IPL, a series of intense pulse light treatments helps reverse the signs of age spots, sun damage, and broken blood vessels, while also improving skin tone and texture. AestheticKC uses the Lumenis M22™ IPL System, by the inventors of IPL, with patented state-of-the-art technology for maximum results and safety. This non-invasive treatment reduces redness from blood vessels and the flushed skin of chronic rosacea, treats pigmentary changes from sun damage, and promotes collagen synthesis.

  • Non-invasive
  • No downtime
  • Series of treatments

Problem – Unwanted Hair

Solution – Light Sheer Diode Laser

No more unwanted hair and no more shaving bumps! This is the GOLD standard in hair removal and the only laser recognized by the FDA for permanent hair reduction. This non-invasive treatment is safe for all skin types. A series of six treatments is recommended for optimal results. Non-invasive

  • No downtime
  • Series of six treatments

Problem – Facial Spider Veins

Solution – Nd:YAG

You don’t have to suffer from facial spider veins. This non-invasive treatment takes very little time and you can often see immediate results. This is another procedure done with our state-of-the-art Lumenis M22™ Laser System. The laser targets the hemoglobin in the veins to shut them down, which is then naturally reabsorbed into the body. The absorption process can take one to two months.

  • Non-invasive
  • No downtime
  • Full results in 1-2 months

Whether it’s unwanted wrinkles, spider veins, or hair, we’ve got a simple treatment that will take care of the problem. Even if you just want to learn more, give us a call at (913) 541-3377 or contact us online. At the Vein Clinic, we’ll help you love the skin you’re in!