What is DVT?

What-Is-DVT?

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) 

Pain or swelling in the legs or arms can significantly change your lifestyle. If your leg or arm pain is coupled with a pre-existing medical condition that affects blood clotting, if you are overweight or smoke, if you had a recent fracture in your pelvis, hips or lower extremities – you might be at risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). This illness occurs when a blood clot forms deep in the body and partially or completely blocks blood flow through the vein.

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Celebrating 15 Years Of Service in the Kansas City Area

Dr. Bruce Fearon, MD is a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine and is Board Certified in Family Practice. In 2005, Dr. Fearon had over 12 years of providing excellent healthcare as a primary care physician, and had a dream of creating his own one-of-a-kind vein treatment center to treat patients in the Kansas City metro area.

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Lee’s Summit Events: November 2018

With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, there’s no chance of slowing down! Lee’s Summit and Kansas City have some great, family-friendly events that will keep you busy, right until you carve the turkey!
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5 Ways You Can Benefit from Sclerotherapy

Are your varicose veins or spider veins causing you to avoid wearing your favorite outfit? Vein disease shouldn’t take away your self-confidence. If you’re looking for a way to diminish the appearance of varicose veins or spider veins, consider sclerotherapy. This non-invasive procedure has many benefits and may help you regain your confidence!  [Read more…]

Lee’s Summit Events: April 2018

Lee's Summit Events - April 2018

April Events

April is here and there are plenty of fun activities around Lee’s Summit to keep the family busy this spring. [Read more…]

Sun Damage: Why You Should Always Wear Sunscreen

The winter is over, and the sun has rarely been more welcome. Most people are anxious to get outside, which means this is the perfect time to provide a reminder about the importance of sunscreen. Skin damage is a serious matter. When you choose to go without sunscreen, you’re leaving yourself vulnerable to skin damage that ranges from spots, lines and wrinkles up to skin cancer. However, when wearing sunscreen is turned into a habit, it’s possible to minimize the effects of skin damage to achieve healthier, younger looking skin.Woman using suncream

Is It Too Late to Reverse Skin Damage?

Most people can look back and recall the long, sunny days of their youth when wearing sunscreen was never even considered. Some of the skin damage from that time may be starting to show now. While it’s easy to think that the skin damage received from years of going without sunscreen can’t be reversed, it’s not necessarily true. If you approach it the right way, it may be possible to minimize the effects of earlier skin damage.

Exfoliate for Success

Exfoliation is a wonderful way to get rid of the outer surface of damaged cells. Using the right chemical, you’ll be able to reveal a smoother, more uniform layer of skin. Look for an exfoliant that contains glycolic acid, which effectively dissolves dead cells to get rid of skin damage.

Lighten Brown Spots

Another sure sign of skin that’s gone for too long without sunscreen is brown spots. Fortunately, these can be lightened with a hydroquinone treatment that can be gotten over the counter or in stronger dosages from a dermatologist. These products are a gentle, effective way to reverse skin damage.

Use Sunscreen

Every time you venture outdoors, make certain to use that sunscreen. Remember that the sun’s harmful rays can get to your skin even on overcast days, so always be prepared with sunscreen. Don’t forget to stock up on lip balm with sunscreen too.

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For more information about sun damage and sunscreen, please contact Summit Skin and Vein Care today at (816) 533-4398.

What to Do After Laser Hair Removal

In our last post, we wrote about how to prepare for laser hair removal. But what should I do afterward? Laser hair removal is a fantastic alternative to shaving and tweezing, but to be successful it’s important to provide appropriate care for your skin after your appointment. Here are a few tips for keeping your skin happy and healthy.Laser Epilation

Redness and Itching Are Normal

Most people who undergo laser hair removal experience mild itching and redness for about the first 24 hours post treatment. These symptoms are normal with laser hair removal as the treatment does irritate the skin. A hydrocortisone cream or an aloe gel can help with soothing this irritation. If this condition persists or becomes worse, it may be worthwhile to contact the technician who performed the laser hair removal.

Sunscreen Is More Important Than Ever

Sunscreen is always essential, but it’s especially so after laser hair removal. When irritated skin gets sunburned, it’s unbelievably painful. Protect yourself with regular applications of sunscreen. You’ll also get a bonus for using sunscreen on your next visit. With paler skin your next laser hair removal appointment will be even more effective.

Hair Regrowth

One laser hair removal session is typically not enough to completely remove hair. Usually at least five to seven laser hair removal appointments will be required to get the job done because hair grows in cycles. Consequently, you’ll notice hair growing between sessions. Use a gentle exfoliation technique to help loosen and detach any shedding hairs. Pour an exfoliating body wash onto a soft washcloth or loofah and gently massage onto the affected area. This will eliminate the shedding hairs that were treated in the last session. To handle hair regrowth that will be targeted in the next session, rely only on shaving. Tweezing, waxing and other hair removal methods that work on the follicle will sabotage your laser hair removal treatments.

Keep Track of Medical Issues

Inform other medical caregivers about your laser hair removal therapy, and let your dermatologist know about any new medications or treatments to avoid complications.

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For more information about our treatments and services, or for advice about taking care of your after laser hair removal,  call Summit Skin and Vein Care in Lee’s Summit at (816) 533-4398.

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a fantastic choice for anyone wanting to get ready for bikini season. After having laser hair removal, there’s no more need to worry about shaving and waxing. However, if you’ve never had laser hair removal, you may have a number of questions about the procedure.Laser Epilation

Preparing for Laser Hair Removal

Information is key when getting ready for laser hair removal. Ask plenty of questions during the consultation so you’ll know what to expect, and be sure to disclose any medical issues you may have.

Take Pictures

A single picture is worth 1,000 words, and you’ll want to be able to track your progress. Take a few photographs of the area that’s going to be treated with laser hair removal. You’ll want to check the results.

Leading Up to the Laser Hair Removal Appointment

Your technician will have many warnings and reminders to give you at your consultation. The more closely you follow these instructions, the better the results of your laser hair removal are likely to be.

One of the most important warnings relates to staying out of the sun. Tanned skin is much more at risk for side effects during a laser hair removal treatment. For instance, skin lightening has occasionally occurred when someone has gone tanning before their treatment. It’s often recommended to stay out of the sun for about a month and a half before having the procedure performed.

Another vital word of advice relates to hair removal. While plucking and waxing may be a way of life now, they should be avoided in the weeks leading up to the appointment. Because these hair removal methods involve pulling hair out by the root, they can interfere with the laser removal process. Your technician will probably give the go ahead for shaving since this does not affect the hair follicle.

Laser hair removal is safe and effective. Follow these tips to prepare for a successful hair removal procedure, and stay tuned for tips on what you should do after laser hair removal.

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For more information about our treatments and services, or for advice about laser hair removal,  call Summit Skin and Vein Care in Lee’s Summit at (816) 533-4398.

Skin Care Tips and Tricks for Traveling

Sticking to a skin care routine while traveling is tricky. That’s bad news because traveling takes a toll, and good skin care is essential. Here are skin care tips to help you look your best while traveling.

Skin CareMoisturize

The right moisturizer is paramount when you travel. Choose something rich and nourishing if you’ll be flying. Being on an airplane is particularly drying and it can leave your skin parched. If possible, choose a moisturizer that offers sun protection and reapply often. You’re likely to be more exposed to the sun while you’re vacationing.

Get a Handle on Oil

Dealing with oil is a major skin care concern. It becomes a bigger problem when traveling to warmer climates. As this tip proves, skin care doesn’t have to be complicated. Just bring along rice papers or blotting papers. They are light, easy to carry and handily absorb excess oil.

Apply Lip Balm Often

Any good skin care routine needs to include the lips. Choose a moisturizing lip balm that can tuck into your purse or pocket. You’ll rely on it heavily while in vehicles and buildings that turn up excessive heating and cooling systems that can leave your lips dehydrated.

Stick to Your Cleanser

With luggage fees going through the roof, it’s more important than ever to pack light. However, your typical cleanser is essential to your healthy skin care routine. Pack it along with you, choosing a trial or sample size if possible. This helps minimize breakouts and other skin care concerns while you’re away.

Get Plenty of Rest and Water

Good sleep and adequate hydration are vital parts of your skin care routine. It’s tempting to stay up late while vacationing and forego the water, but make a point of hanging on to these components of your skin care regimen.

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For more information about our treatments and services, or for advice about taking care of your skin while traveling,  call Summit Skin and Vein Care in Lee’s Summit at (816) 533-4398.

Skin Care Myths You Can’t Fall For

Did you know that the skin is your body’s largest organ? Taking care of your skin ranks high in importance for a number of reasons. It protects you from bacteria, minimizes water loss, and protects blood vessels, nerves, and organs like the lungs, kidneys, and heart.

Skin CareWhere skin care is concerned, there are common misconceptions that need debunking. In fact, the following thoughts about skin care are fictitious:

• Tanning booths are safe – Sunbathing regularly can lead to skin cancer and can prematurely age skin. Tanning booths are no different. In fact, they’re worse because UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin.

• Higher SPF sunscreens provide better protection against the sun – This type of product only provides protection from UVB rays and sunburns. It does not protect against UVA unless it contains mexoryl, oxybenzone, avobenzone for UVA protection or titanium dioxide. A minimum SPF of 15 is needed as well, so make it part of your skin care routine.

• Sunscreen is unnecessary on cloudy days – UV rays are present even when the sun isn’t around. For maximum protection, follow this skin care regimen: apply sunscreen every day and reapply it every two hours after swimming or sweating. Don’t buy into the idea that makeup with SPF protection is enough. Apply sunscreen and your choice of foundation together as a precautionary measure.

• Scrubbing with soap keeps skin clean and healthy – This is not necessarily true. The more you scrub, the more you remove protective oils and barriers from your face. This can leave certain skin types red and prone to rashes. You may want to ditch this skin care regimen for something healthier and less drying.

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Now that you know the difference between fact and fiction, taking care of your skin is easier than ever. Follow the tips listed above and cultivate healthier skin care habits. After all, can be hard to reverse damage once it’s been done. Simplify your skin care routine by knowing what does the most harm and what does the most good.

For more information about skin care myths, please contact Summit Skin and Vein Care today at (816) 533-4398.

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