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How Long Does Sclerotherapy Take?

If you’re living with visible spider veins on your legs, there is a solution. Sclerotherapy is a safe, minimally-invasive procedure that can drastically improve the appearance of spider veins. The treatment is performed in the comfort and convenience of our Kansas City vein center and takes less than 40 minutes to complete, so it’s [...]

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 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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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