Know the Warning Signs of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

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You may have heard of DVT, or deep vein thrombosis on the news. It is a common but silent killer. DVT is a serious condition that affects an average of 600,000 Americans every year. So what should you look for as warning signs of this health issue? The Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City explains below. 

What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT?

First, let’s start with the term thrombosis. Thrombosis is when a blood clot forms in a blood vessel blocking the circulation of blood. Deep vein thrombosis is when that blood clot forms deep in a vein. The most common area of the body where a DVT forms is in the lower leg or thigh.

If the vein swells, the condition is called thrombophlebitis. DVT is extremely dangerous. Not only can a DVT in your legs block the flow of the blood in the vein, but that blood clot can break off and travel through the bloodstream. It can get lodged in the blood vessels of your lungs and create a pulmonary embolism, a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs, which can be life-threatening.

Who Is at Risk for DVT?

Deep vein thrombosis can affect both men and women of any age. Higher risk patients include individuals who recently underwent surgery, are on bed rest, or women on birth control. However, certain activities like sitting in cramped spaces for an extended period of time can cause DVT as well. This is why it is recommended to get up and stretch your legs during long flights or long car rides. This will help keep blood flowing instead of giving it the opportunity to pool or clot.

What Are the Warning Signs of DVT?

There are two main warning signs of DVT. The first is swelling. This symptom is typically seen in the leg that is affected. Be on the lookout for an abnormal enlargement of your leg. The second warning sign is pain in your leg. This type of pain will feel more intense than a leg cramp. It often starts in your calf and will intensify. Don’t ignore swelling or pain in your legs. See your doctor as soon as possible. There are other signs besides pain and swelling to look for as well. 

Look for These Symptoms of DVT:

  • Pain in legs
  • Swelling in legs
  • Tightness of skin in legs
  • Warmth near sore area
  • Redness near sore area
  • Cramping, often starting in the calf
  • Leg pain that worsens when bending the foot
  • Bluish or whitish skin discoloration

How Do Signs for DVT, Blood Clots, and Varicose Veins Differ?

A blood clot, or superficial thrombophlebitis, has symptoms that are easily visible because it is near the surface of the skin.

Symptoms of a Blood Clot (Superficial Thrombophlebitis):

  • Red veins
  • Hardened veins
  • Veins are sensitive to touch

Symptoms of DVT & Varicose Veins

Since DVT is so deep in the veins, and cause obstruction to blood flow, DVT’s symptoms are more similar to those of varicose veins and include:

  • Bulging, bluish veins
  • Swelling 
  • Aching 
  • Itching 
  • Changes in skin color 
  • Nighttime leg cramps
  • Feeling of heaviness in the legs and feet

Warning Signs of Pulmonary Embolism

A pulmonary embolism is a life-threatening complication and demands immediate medical attention. If the blood clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs, it can cause a pulmonary embolism and can kill you.  Warning signs of a pulmonary embolism include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Discomfort when breathing
  • Rapid pulse
  • Coughing up blood 

If you experience these signs, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.

How Do You Pick a Vein Doctor for DVT Treatment?

We highly recommend finding an IAC Accredited facility because the IAC rigorously evaluates vascular testing and treatment facilities. The IAC Vascular Testing Accreditation and the IAC Vein Clinic Accreditation mean that the facility has a proven record of testing for all kinds of vascular conditions including heart disorders, stroke, and other conditions such as varicose veins. For more information, here are some factors you should consider when choosing a vein clinic such as the training of the staff and the equipment they are using.

Whether you’re looking for a physician for vein treatment, or have questions you need answered, the specialists at Vein Clinic are here for you. Give us a call today at (913) 541–3377, or schedule an appointment online. For more information about vein disorders, download our ebook below:

 

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When Can I Say Goodbye to My Problem Veins?

Spider or varicose veins are more prevalent than you might think. Genes, lifestyle, and hormones can all play a role in vein issues. According to the American Heart Association, about 80-85% of adults in the United States have chronic vein issues. One of the most common questions we hear at Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City is, “How long will it take for my problem veins to go away?” While everyone reacts differently to treatment depending on several factors, we have some average timelines for you. 

Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins (3-5 Treatments)

Sclerotherapy is a common treatment for spider veins. Spider veins tend to be small and just under the surface of the skin. With sclerotherapy, a doctor injects a solution into the small vessels. This solution irritates the vessel lining causing it to collapse. The body slowly reabsorbs the damaged vein and it disappears. With each session, you can expect about 30-40% of the injected veins to shrink. Moderate spider veins typically require three-to-five treatments. More than 90% respond well to sclerotherapy and the treated veins will not reappear, however, new veins could pop up over time.

Radiofrequency Vein Ablation for Varicose Veins (Several weeks)

Radiofrequency vein ablation is minimally invasive and very effective. Radio-frequency energy carefully heats and seals the vein wall. Your body will redirect blood through healthy veins and absorb the closed vein. Most patients experience symptom relief in a week and it may take several weeks for the vein to be completely reabsorbed and disappear. In severe cases, additional therapy might be needed.

Phlebectomy for Varicose Veins (Immediate with small incisions)

Despite the name, phlebectomy is also minimally invasive. The doctor makes small punctures in the skin to gently remove the vein. Because the vein is physically removed, it disappears immediately. Luckily, symptom relief is nearly immediate as well. It may take a week or two for the small incisions to heal completely. You only need minimal downtime, but we do recommend you take it easy and wear a compression sock for a few weeks after treatment. Your doctor will go over specifics at your appointment.

Personalized Care

We understand that every body is different. We will work with you to find your best treatment option and answer any questions.

Please call us at (913) 541-3377 to schedule an appointment. We would love to discuss your treatment options for spider or varicose veins.

What to Expect from Sculpsure

sculpsure has no downtime and zero incisionsDo you have a problem area that won’t go away, no matter how hard you try to diet or exercise? Don’t worry – that’s completely normal. But that doesn’t mean you have to live with it. You should consider SculpSure.

If you haven’t heard of SculpSure, it is an FDA approved, non-surgical treatment designed to get rid of stubborn love handles and belly fat without down time. This minimally invasive treatment may be the body contouring miracle you’re looking for, as long as you know what to expect.

Here’s a Quick Glance at the Benefits of SculpSure:

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

Sounds great, right? However, it’s important that you understand what to expect from SculpSure so that you are prepared from the beginning: 

It’s Not for Weight Loss

It’s important to remember, SculpSure isn’t designed as a weight loss treatment. When you lose weight, fat cells shrink, but they are still there. That’s where SculpSure comes in. By removing fat cells in the areas of the body that are most resistant to weight loss, body contouring gives you the look you want after you’ve lost weight.

SculpSure may remove up to 24% of treated fat cells, but it will not remove 100% of the fat from the treated area. You may lose a couple of pounds of fat cells, but you won’t lose significant weight. Sculpsure helps you get to the shape you want, rather than weight loss, and is most effective when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.

It Will Require Patience

You may not see results instantly. After treatment, the damaged fat cells are absorbed by the body over time. It usually takes at least six weeks to see results, and optimal results are usually seen at twelve weeks. Treated fat cells do not come back, but you can of course make new ones if you aren’t careful.

It’s Not ‘One-Size-Fits-All’

Results do vary from person to person, but 90% of patients who’ve used SculpSure are satisfied. Be aware that more than one treatment may be necessary to achieve desired results. If you’re wondering just how much of a difference SculpSure could make, check out these before and after pictures.

If you want to know more about achieving a slimmer look with SculpSure, check out the top questions we hear about the treatment and their answers by clicking on the button below. Still have questions? Call us at (913) 541-3377 if you are near Overland Park or (816) 792-1188 for our Liberty location.

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!

 

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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!

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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.