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What is Melasma and How Can I Treat It?

Melasma is a pigmentation disorder that can cause brown or gray patches to appear on your skin. It is a common condition that often arises on the face, particularly on the forehead, bridge of the nose, cheeks, and upper lip. While melasma can occur in men, it is almost always seen in women. Some [...]

How to Get Rid of Chicken Pox Scars

Chicken pox, which used to be an easily contractible virus pre chicken pox vaccine, has left lasting reminders for many adults today as a result of picking or scratching the virus as a child. Much of the scarring on the body is easy to overlook; however, facial scarring continues to bother many throughout their [...]

10 Benefits of Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Your face often betrays your age despite a healthy lifestyle and bottles upon bottles of skincare products! One of the most popular skin treatments here at Premier Vein & Body to battle the visible effects of aging is the non-ablative, fractional skin rejuvenation provided by the PicoSure Focus laser.  PicoSure rejuvenation is admired by [...]

What is the Best Treatment to Stop Excessive Sweating?

It can be frustrating to live with hyperhidrosis or excessive underarm sweating. This condition can be embarrassing and make you uncomfortable in your personal and professional life. Fortunately, there is a way to get rid of your permanent sweating and feel confident in your own skin. miraDry is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment designed to [...]

End of Year Vein Treatment!

Met your deductible? Start Vein Treatment Now! Considered cosmetic in nature by many, patients often ignore symptoms of vein disease that seem minor, such as persistent aches, bulging veins, twinges of pain, a few spider veins here and there, or just frequent leg fatigue. However, these symptoms are often early red flags of potentially [...]

What Causes Hyperhidrosis and How Can I Treat It?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive sweating not related to exercise or hot weather. The excessive sweating associated with hyperhidrosis is normally most active in the hands, feet, armpits, and the groin because of their relatively high concentration of sweat glands. If you have been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, keep reading to find out [...]

How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost?

Do you eat healthily and follow a regular exercise routine yet continue to struggle with stubborn bulges of fat that just won’t seem to go away? If so, CoolSculpting may be a good option. It’s a non-invasive body contouring treatment that can allow you to minimize or even get rid of fat pockets in [...]

What is the Difference Between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?

Some people use the terms spider veins and varicose veins interchangeably. This is because they may not know the difference between these two very different conditions. To help you understand the key differences between spider veins and varicose veins, we’ve created this informative blog post. [...]

The Difference Between Injectable Wrinkle Reducers and Dermal Fillers

Despite the increasing buzz and popularity of wrinkle reducers and fillers, they still cause confusion and are often assumed to be one in the same; a generic word to describe any injection that treats wrinkles, folds, hollows and volume loss. While both wrinkle reducers and fillers are administered via a syringe by a physician [...]

How Long Does It Take to See Results From Body Sculpting?

Also known as body contouring or body shaping, body sculpting involves reshaping body contours by removing fatty deposits under the skin in “problem areas” that are often resistant to diet and exercise, including the abdomen, love handles, inner thighs, chin and more!. If you lead a healthy lifestyle yet can’t seem to get rid [...]

How Much Downtime Do I Need with Varicose Vein Treatment?

Varicose veins can lead to pain, swelling, heaviness, fatigue, achiness, itching, muscle cramping, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with the pain and discomfort they bring. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz is one of the original vein centers in Kansas City specializing in varicose vein treatment, so that you can [...]

Chemical Peels vs. Lasers: What is Best for Skin Resurfacing?

If your goal is to improve the overall tone and texture of your skin, you may be a great candidate for skin resurfacing. Here at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz, we use peels and lasers to perform skin resurfacing. Let’s take a closer look at how our skin resurfacing treatments work so you [...]

Does Tattoo Removal Damage Skin?

Tattoo regret is a real thing! Regardless of why you want to remove your tattoo, laser tattoo removal has never been more accessible and effective! Whether you need a “clean slate” due to a new job or a new girlfriend/boyfriend, Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz offers the most effective laser tattoo removal using the [...]

Choosing the Best Type of Laser Tattoo Removal

PicoSure vs. Q-Switched Rethinking the ink? If you’re not as in love with your tattoo as you once were, laser tattoo removal is generally safe and effective way to get the job done. Between recent advances in laser removal and the frequency in which celebrities seem to get new tattoos, a permanent tattoo feels [...]

When Will I See Results After Laser Skin Resurfacing?

As you get older, you may notice your skin’s youthful texture and look begin to fade away. This is likely the result of collagen, soft tissue volume and moisture loss, sun exposure, and a number of other factors. Laser skin resurfacing can improve the appearance of your skin and treat minor imperfections to leave [...]

Does Sclerotherapy Hurt?

Are you bothered by spider veins? If so, know that you don’t have to live with them forever. Today’s standard of care, via a combination of treatments, including injection sclerotherapy and superficial or topical laser, can reduce the appearance of these veins and restore your confidence. Many patients often ask us “does sclerotherapy hurt?” Read [...]

Do Varicose Veins Reappear After Treatment?

Varicose veins are a medical condition that can leave you with uncomfortable symptoms such as heaviness and achiness, itching, and/or muscle cramping. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with varicose veins. At Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz, we specialize in the treatment of varicose veins and can help you relieve your discomfort and [...]

5 Skin Conditions Laser Therapy Can Reduce

If you’re ready to achieve your best skin yet, PicoSure Focus laser therapy can help. Since its inception, this cutting-edge skin revitalization treatment has helped countless men and women improve and resolve various skin conditions without the prep time, patient discomfort, and downtime associated with non-ablative and ablative laser treatments. Our PicoSure Focus laser [...]

Should I Combine Lipo With Body Contouring?

If you lead a generally healthy lifestyle but can’t seem to get rid of stubborn fat pockets in your abdomen, inner thighs, and other areas of your body, there are two treatments you may benefit from. By pairing minimally invasive liposuction with a body contouring treatment like SculpSure and CoolSculpting, you can achieve a [...]

How Long Do Vein Treatments Last?

When your visible veins become bulging and twisted, you may be diagnosed with varicose veins, which result from underlying vein disease deep within your venous system. Varicose veins are usually blue or dark purple in color and are often painful and uncomfortable, leaving you with heavy or achy feelings in your legs, itching around [...]

Are Laser Treatments For Underarm Sweat Safe?

It can be frustrating and embarrassing to live life with excessive sweating. The good news is you don’t have to. miraDry is an FDA-cleared treatment to significantly reduce underarm sweat and odor in as little as one appointment (those suffering with clinical hyperhidrosis often require two).   The miraDry System uses thermal energy that targets [...]

Does Laser Lipo Have Less Downtime Than Traditional Liposuction?

Do you have stubborn fat in your abdomen, hips, thighs, upper arms, or other areas of your body that won’t seem to go away with diet and exercise? If so, laser liposuction may be the ideal solution. It comes with less downtime than traditional liposuction and can leave you feeling toned and beautiful without [...]

Everything You Need to Know About In-Office Liposuction

If you are considering Liposuction, you are not alone! More than 250,000 patients opted for this popular treatment last year, which was a 5% increase over 2017. With today’s advances in technology, liposuction isn’t as painful, expensive, or time consuming as it was in years past, when patients’ only option was hospital or surgery [...]

Non-Surgical Treatments for Aging Skin

By taking preventive actions, we can influence and slow the effects of “extrinsic aging” to our skin through environmental and lifestyle choices that can cause our skin to age prematurely. However, what we cannot change is the natural “intrinsic” aging process. Even though our genes largely control when these changes occur, everyone’s face will [...]

How CoolSculpting Is Effective For Treating My Double Chin

Also known as submental fat, a double chin occurs when a layer of fat forms below your skin. While it is commonly associated with weight gain, you may also develop a double chin as result of aging or genetics. If you are feeling self-conscious about your double chin and looking for a way to [...]

What Are the Age-defying Benefits of Forever Young BBL?

Your face is often what people first notice about you. Unfortunately, it’s it can also quickly give away your age. Years of unprotected sun exposure, harsh cleansers and the process of aging can leave your skin looking discolored and wrinkled. The Forever Young BBL™ photofacial is one of the most effective non-surgical anti-aging [...]

How Much Time Off Will I Need For Vein Treatment?

Here at Premier Vein, we are experts in treating varicose and spider veins. Spider veins are usually red, blue, or purple and look like a bruise, especially when they arise in clusters. While they can make you feel self-conscious, they usually don’t pose a health problem. Varicose veins, on the [...]

Is There a Non-Surgical Facelift Option?

A traditional facelift can take years off your face and completely restore your confidence. However, it also comes with downtime, discomfort, aesthesia, and needles. The good news is you don’t have to undergo surgery to enjoy a younger looking face. At Premier Vein, we are pleased to offer a non-surgical facelift called Venus Freeze. [...]

Is There a Liquid Facelift for Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation?

The “liquid facelift” is one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures and, although results are only temporary, it is a great alternative to a surgical facelift, as it’s less expensive, has no downtime or risks, and provides almost immediate results! Dr. Craig Schwartz, one of the most skilled surgeons [...]

How Can I Get Rid of My Cellulite?

Cellulite is a cosmetic condition in which the skin has a dimpled, lumpy look. It can occur on your thighs, hips, abdomen, or another body part and make you feel self-conscious. You may have been born with cellulite or noticed it after pregnancy, hormone changes, or weight gain. Fortunately, you [...]

How Does a Liquid Facelift Work?

Searching for a way to improve the appearance of your face but don’t want to undergo surgery? If so, you may be a great candidate for a liquid facelift. A liquid facelift can give you many of the benefits of a traditional facelift without the anesthesia, needles, and lengthy recovery periods typically associated with [...]

How to Know if I’m a Good Candidate for Non-Surgical Body Contouring

Non-invasive body contouring procedures, such as CoolSculpting and SculpSure are on the rise. In fact, a recent RealSelf study reports that 80% of US adults want to change at least one body area, and 37% are considering having a treatment in the next 12 months! Many men and women are opting to contour their [...]

Will Insurance Cover Varicose Vein Treatment?

Will Insurance Cover Varicose Vein Treatment? Varicose veins are bulging and twisted veins that typically appear on the legs and are often the result of damaged valves that allow the blood to travel in the wrong direction. If you are embarrassed by your bulging varicose veins or are tired of the uncomfortable symptoms they [...]

Does the Size of a Tattoo Affect Price For Tattoo Removal?

Historically, unwanted tattoos were either permanent or their removal involved an excessive number of long laser tattoo removal sessions, which, often, did not even provide full clearance.  Fortunately, developments in laser tattoo removal technology mean that those seeking to remove their tattoos with full clearance finally have an effective option!  But does the size [...]

What is the Recovery For Spider Vein Treatment?

It is estimated that over half of adult females and nearly half of adult men suffer from some sort of vein problem, including spider veins. Pesky and unattractive, spider veins are truly cosmetic in nature, even though they can frequently be symptomatic, and often times suggestive of deeper issues. They appear as thread-like red, [...]

How Long Until Results Are Seen for Smoothing Wrinkles?

For wrinkle treatment on the forehead (and “11’s) and around the eyes (“crow’s feet”), both Xeomin® and Botox® both are FDA-approved neurotoxin injections that work at the nerve-muscle interface to relax targeted muscles, helping patients achieve youthful facial rejuvenation without surgery or downtime.  They work differently than other dermal fillers, such as Restylane or [...]

miraDry vs. Botox: Which is Best for Stopping Excessive Underarm Sweat?

For millions of Americans, the serious problem of excessive underarm sweat can interfere with all aspects of daily life.  When an individual seeks treatment for this condition, a doctor often starts by recommending prescription-strength antiperspirant, often not very effective.  For years,  Botox injections have also been used to treat individuals with hyperhidrosis, but results of [...]

Does SculpSure Work in Reducing Fat?

Does SculpSure Work in Reducing Fat? SculpSure® is a non-surgical laser body contouring treatment used to eliminate fat cells and give you a slimmer appearance. Using a Diode laser, SculpSure® is a breakthrough development in the area of body contouring that utilizes controlled, light-based (laser) technology to precisely target and remove stubborn fat cells [...]

Can Varicose Veins Reappear After Treatment?

What causes Varicose Veins? Varicose Veins are caused by venous insufficiency or venous reflux, which occurs when your veins become enlarged, dilated, and overfilled with blood.  Often painful, varicose veins typically appear dilated, swollen and raised, and have a bluish-purple or red color. Any vein may become varicose, but the veins in the legs [...]

Will Liposuction Help Me Lose Weight?

This May, enjoy $500 off any Liposuction treatment! Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that permanently removes fat cells from the body – creating a better contour and shape.  Considered to be the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States and worldwide, liposuction involves suctioning out  superficial fat cells that accumulate  between the [...]

Are There Alternatives to Deodorant and Antiperspirant?

Why Choose an Alternative to Deodorant and Antiperspirant? The first line of defense against underarm sweat and odor are antiperspirants and deodorants.  Non-invasive, topical and available in a number of different strengths including regular and clinical strength over-the-counter options, as well as prescription options. However, many are deciding to ditch traditional deodorants and antiperspirants in favor [...]

Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz Celebrates 15 Years in Kansas City

April 10, 2018 – Kansas City, KS: Dr. Craig Schwartz is celebrating the 15th anniversary of his Kansas City vein center and laser aesthetic practice, which is located in Leawood, KS and serves the entire Kansas City metro area.  Known for years as Kansas City’s “Vein Guy,” Dr. Schwartz has performed more than 12,000 [...]

How Soon Will I See Results After CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting® is an FDA-approved, in-office body contouring procedure to treat stubborn, diet and exercise-resistant fat. With no surgery and little to no downtime, it is one of our most popular procedures and has revolutionized non-invasive body contouring!  CoolSculpting® is not a weight-loss procedure, but it does help to contour and re-shape targeted problem areas by freezing [...]

Do Men Get Varicose Veins?

When people think of varicose veins, they tend to think of them as a cosmetic issue seemingly reserved exclusively for older women.  But the truth is that a surprising amount of men suffer from varicose veins, spider veins and other vein disorders, as well!   Although a larger percentage of women suffering with varicose veins [...]

How Quickly Does miraDry Work for Underarm Sweat?

miraDry is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment that targets and destroys sweat glands in the underarms to curb excessive sweating and end armpit stains in your clothes. miraDry – How Does It Work? Electromagnetic (microwave) energy in the handheld device (“wand”) heats up the water in the sweat and odor glands, causing damage to those [...]

What Is The Best Time For Vein Treatment On My Legs or Face?

If you’re one of the millions of people who experience symptoms from varicose veins or spider veins, including pain, itching, swelling, heaviness in the legs, or discoloration – or you just don’t like how they look - now is the perfect time to start your vein treatment.  Winter is one of the most [...]

How Much Downtime Does Liposuction Require?

Liposuction can be a powerful tool to help remove unwanted fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. Tumescent Liposuction under Local Anesthesia Until the late 1980’s, when Dr. Jeffrey Klein introduced tumescent liposuction under local anesthesia, all liposuction procedures were performed either in a hospital or surgery center under general anesthesia, often involving [...]

Double Chin Treatment: Surgical vs. Non-Surgical

A double chin, also known as submental fat, occurs when a layer of fat or additional skin forms beneath the chin. Getting rid of a double chin is difficult, if not impossible through diet and exercise. Though it can be caused by weight gain, some people of normal weight have a double chin due [...]

What is the Best Way to Reduce Facial Spider Veins?

Close to over half of adult females and nearly half of adult men suffer from some sort of vein issues, including spider veins.   Although most frequently found as clusters as tiny red or blue veins across areas of the legs, such as the ankles, thighs and behind the knees, tiny spider veins, called telangiectasia, [...]

Can miraDry Reduce Sweat Under My Arms?

Many people are embarrassed or frustrated with their underarm sweat. miraDry is the first and only FDA-cleared treatment for reduced underarm sweat and odor in just one treatment. miraDry delivers precisely controlled electro-magnetic energy to the underarm area, targeting on the underarm sweat glands so that they are no longer able to produce [...]

What are the Causes of Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins affect approximately a quarter of the US adult population. They are unsightly but treatable veins that occur typically in the legs. Varicose veins appear when blood is not sufficiently carried up and out of the leg and instead flowing backward toward the feet. When a vein becomes varicose, it is non-functioning and [...]

XEOMIN® vs. BOTOX®: Which Is Best for Treating Facial Wrinkles?

Though BOTOX® Cosmetic is more commonly known than XEOMIN®, both are FDA-approved neurotoxin injections that work at the nerve-muscle interface to relax targeted muscles, helping patients achieve youthful facial rejuvenation without surgery or downtime.   BOTOX® BOTOX® injections help reduce facial lines and wrinkles for up to four to six months. It [...]

Is There Any Downtime After a CoolSculpting Treatment?

If you are interested in body contouring procedures, chances are you’ve heard of CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is a “fat freezing” procedure that uses advanced cooling technology to selectively target fat and aid in the body’s ability to metabolize fat cells gently and gradually, permanently eliminating them. During your CoolSculpting treatment, your technician will apply [...]

Courtney’s Story: Liposuction & Brazilian Butt Lift by Dr. Schwartz

36 year old patient, Courtney, came to see Dr. Craig Schwartz at Premier Vein & Body to get her pre-pregnancy body back after having her 3rd baby.  With a slower metabolism and little free time to hit the gym, Courtney was looking for a non-surgical solution to reduce her belly fat and love handles.   [...]

Where Can Liposuction Be Used?

Most people associate liposuction with unwanted fat around the abdomen, but it can be used on other parts of the body as well. Though this procedure is not a weight loss solution, it’s a great way to remove stubborn fat and contour parts of the body that you may be unhappy with.   [...]

What is the Difference Between Liposuction and Non-Invasive Body Contouring?

With nearly 90% of Americans reporting frustration with excess body fat, it’s no surprise that the popularity of liposuction continues to rise – the number of liposuction procedures in 2016 increased by 6% from 2015*.  At the same time, non-surgical alternatives to liposuction, such as CoolSculpting and SculpSure, are becoming increasingly popular, seeing a 50% [...]

Top Ways to Treat Bulging Leg Veins

If your surface level veins have become dilated, bulging, or twisted, you may be experiencing varicose veins. Heredity factors or family history, pregnancy, trauma, prolonged standing or sitting, age and obesity can cause these unattractive veins. Varicose veins are usually progressive, meaning that in most cases, they get worse over time if left untreated. [...]

How many laser tattoo removal treatments do I need to see results?

As many as 25% of people with tattoos regret their decision to get one and many even consider tattoo removal at some point in their lives. Traditionally, tattoo removal is viewed as a difficult, painful, and expensive treatment.  Fortunately, with advancements in laser technology, safe and effective tattoo removal requiring fewer treatments is now [...]

How Does the PicoSure Focus Laser Facial Compare to Fraxel?

September Special:  Save $250 on Package of 3 PicoSure Focus Laser Facials! (normally $1500) Our mothers weren’t so lucky; today’s generation of aging adults will be able to avoid face-lifts and painful, ablative CO2 laser treatment thanks to accessible, preventative care with non-ablative, fractional laser treatment that continues to improve with better results and less (to no!) [...]

How Much Does Spider Vein Treatment Cost?

All before and after photo results vary and are not guaranteed. Unlike Varicose Veins, which are caused by an underlying issue and, therefore, treatment is considered medically necessary and almost universally covered by insurance; Spider Veins are cosmetic in nature and not covered by insurance. Spider Veins are groupings of tiny, threadlike dilated veins that [...]

Dr. Craig Schwartz Awarded Top Doctor Award by RealSelf

Dr. Schwartz was awarded a Top Doctor award by the online patient resource, RealSelf.com for being among the top 1% of Social Influencers in Cosmetic Medicine. This designation was based on the strength of his credentials, patient results and expertise in his field of medicine. In order to even be considered as a RealSelf “Top [...]

Say Yes to Our SculpSure® Body Contouring Treatment for a Slimmer Silhouette Just in Time for the Big Day!

If jingle bells mixed with wedding bells this past holiday season – congratulations, you are engaged! You’ve got the partner of your dreams, a shiny new diamond and have probably had visions of your “perfect” wedding dress in your mind for years! And now you get to make that vision a reality! Of course, your [...]

You Don’t Need Cosmetic Surgery for a Younger Looking Face!

Venus Freeze™ and Venus Viva™ offer kinder, gentler alternatives to cosmetic surgery and painful laser treatments, that require days, if not weeks, of redness and downtime. According to the American Society of American Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), surgical cosmetic procedures were up just 7% in 2015 compared to a 22% increase in the number of non-surgical [...]

Double Chin Treatment – CoolSculpting vs. Kybella

Double Chin Treatment – CoolSculpting vs. Kybella No matter how toned, sculpted and thin you may be, the dreaded double chin, turkey neck or jowly jawline can’t be corrected without the help of a cosmetic physician. In the past, anyone who wanted to rid themselves of any double chin fat would require a liposuction procedure, [...]

Growth in Popularity of new SculpSure™ Body Contouring Treatment

Growth in Popularity of new SculpSure™ Body Contouring Treatment We are a nation of women who want results and want results now. And this is especially true when talking about the body! Few have time for the pain and downtime involved in minimally invasive liposuction, thus the explosive growth of cutting-edge, non-surgical fat removal options, [...]

Fat Reduction, Facial Skin Rejuvenation and More Cosmetic Treatments Gaining Popularity with Men

Cosmetic medicine has, traditionally, always been viewed as an entirely female-oriented field of healthcare. Not any more! Men are more aware of their appearance than ever before with selfies, profile pictures and social media a day-to-day part of their lives. At the same time, in-office, non-surgical cosmetic procedures make it easier and less intimidating for [...]

Painful Varicose Veins

While most patients with varicose veins do have symptoms to one degree or another, not all varicose veins cause pain, and the ones that do can be symptomatic of anything ranging from mild venous reflux all the way to a true medical emergency, such as bleeding or clotting. The pain that soften accompanies varicose veins [...]

6 Things You Didn’t Know Happen When You Get Botox® or Xeomin® Injections

It may be a miracle in a bottle and the ultimate wrinkle eraser, but do you really know what’s going on when a single dose of any neuromodulator (Botox®, Dysport or Xeomin®) gets injected? Neuromodulators temporarily inhibit the nerves that signal certain muscles to contract. Once these muscles are weakened, they can’t make the movements [...]

Vein Treatment Referrals and your Primary Care Physician

As part of their strategy to increase quality-of-care and control costs, many managed-care plans require patients to choose a primary-care physician (PCP) - usually a family practitioner, internist or pediatrician - to provide basic medical care. Often, PCPs also play the role of medical specialists gatekeeper. That is, they are responsible for determining treatment and [...]

Treating a Serious Traffic Jam: Why It’s Important to Be Seen for Varicose Vein Treatment

If you’re suffering from tired, achy legs, swollen ankles or have “itchy veins”, it’s imperative that that you take your lunch hour and devote the time to getting your varicose veins treated immediately. Why? Because varicose veins are progressive, and if left untreated, may lead to the development of a disease called chronic venous insufficiency [...]

Considering “Vein Stripping” for Your Varicose Veins? Think Again…

It’s amazing when I think back on all the medical advancements in varicose vein treatment, even over the past five years. Now, thanks to innovative, minimally invasive technologies that involve the use of lasers, never has it been easier or faster to get your varicose veins treated. Despite these medical advancements, many patients are still [...]

Dr. Schwartz Wins Patients’ Choice Award from Vitals.com

Congratulations to Dr. Schwartz! He’s just won a Patient’s Choice Award from Vitals.com! Each year hundreds and thousands of new doctor reviews and ratings are featured on vitals.com. Patients write about their experience and rate their doctor on several components of care, including bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, and degree of follow-up. Patients also provide [...]

Patient Testimonial

We received this fun cookie bouquet from a patient who came to Dr. Schwartz to have his varicose veins retreated. He saw another vein specialist a couple of years ago but came to Dr. Schwartz after they reoccurred. (The previous vein doctor didn't treat the actual source of the issue which why they reoccurred.) We [...]

You’re Invited!

On Thursday Oct 9th, 2014, I’m holding the first of a series of educational events on the latest non-surgical beauty and fat removal treatments. With the holiday season just around the corner, this information evening is an ideal way to get informed about how you can look your best, defy aging or trim any unwanted [...]

No More Vein Stripping! How to Remove Your Varicose Veins Without a Hospital Stay, General Anesthetic or Long Recovery Period!

If you’ve been researching varicose vein treatments or have heard that you need to undergo a procedure called “vein stripping”, it’s important to remember that saying: “Don’t believe everything you hear!” What Is Vein Stripping? You might be surprised to learn that many vein doctors and hospitals today still practice vein stripping! If you’re visiting [...]

Exercise After Spider Vein Treatment

Spider veins, though pesky and unattractive, are easily treated in the comfort of my Kansas City vein clinic, located in Leawood, KS. Many of my physically active patients are hesitant, however, to schedule treatments, as they don't want to interrupt their various exercise and training programs. However, sclerotherapy (the gold standard for spider vein treatment) [...]

Vein Treatment and DVT

Almost 2 million Americans develop Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) each year. These blood clots typically arise in the legs, but can occasionally break loose and travel through the heart to the lungs with serious consequences. In fact, more people die each year from blood clots than breast cancer and HIV combined. The major risk factors [...]

Can You Treat Varicose Veins Naturally?

Maybe you’ve seen advertised those topical creams claiming to help get rid of varicose veins? While there are some steps you can take to ‘naturally’ treat varicose veins (or self-manage as it’s sometime called), the presence of varicose veins likely means that you suffer from significant underlying vein disease, which is progressive and can, in [...]

Insurance and Vein Treatment

One of the most frequent questions my vein patients ask is if insurance will cover treatment for their varicose veins. Insurance companies consider varicose veins to be a medically necessary problem when complications such as clotting, bleeding or skin changes have already developed from them, or when they cause symptoms such as heaviness, aching, tiredness, [...]

Exercise After Spider Vein Treatment?

Spider veins, though annoying and unattractive, are easily treated by Dr. Schwartz in the comfort of our beautiful Leawood clinic (located just north of Town Center Plaza and Park Place). Many of our physically active patients are sometimes hesitant to schedule a vein treatment as they don’t want to interrupt their various exercise and training [...]

Year-End Insurance Reminder

As the end of the year is in sight, it’s important to note that this can be the best time of the year to seek medically necessary vein treatment, as most flexible spending accounts and insurance benefits will soon expire. In addition, many patients have met their insurance deductibles by now, with their new deductible starting over on January 1st.  If [...]

Dr. Craig Schwartz chosen as KC “Super Doctor”

Dr. Craig Schwartz of Vein Centers for Excellence of Kansas City has been named by Kansas City Super Doctors® as one of the 2014 top doctors in Kansas City for vein treatment.  The number of doctors receiving this honor is limited to approximately five percent of the region’s active physicians. After an extensive nomination and research process conducted by Key Professional Media, Inc, the results [...]

Leg Ulcers and Vein Treatment

Until recently, patients suffering from venous ulcers were told to wear compression stockings and elevate their legs whenever possible. Now, recent advances in minimally invasive laser vein treatment offer long lasting treatment without the need for endless wraps, lotions, or Unna boots. Venous ulcers are wounds or open sores on the lower extremities, which are [...]

Weight Loss and Varicose Veins

Along with heredity, pregnancy and occupations or activities requiring long periods of standing or sitting, being overweight can be a contributing factor to the development of vein disease in your legs. My patients often want to know how weight loss will affect their varicose veins.  As you lose weight, your overall health will improve, and your legs may feel improved. However, if you [...]

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