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Can my tattoo be removed safely?

It may have seemed like a good idea at the time, professing your love for your better half with a heart tattoo on your shoulder or getting an infinity symbol or a dove tattooed on your navel, but now you’re a little older and you feel a bit different. Now you wish it could be magically erased.

Studies indicate tattoo regret
Well, you’re not alone. A survey completed in the United Kingdom several years ago revealed nearly one-third of people reportedly regret opting for permanent body art. Unfortunately, tattoo removal is not simple. After all, your tattoo was created by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of your skin to alter the pigment. It was meant to be permanent.

A poll conducted in 2012 by pollster Harris Interactive revealed 1 in 8 (14 percent) of the 21 percent of American adults with tattoos regret getting inked. And according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, doctors performed close to 100,000 tattoo removal procedures in 2011.

Are all ink removal processes safe?
While there are a number of skin ointments and creams on the market that promise to help fade or remove body art, many of these products can cause severe allergic reactions and can leave scarring and/or changes in skin pigmentation.  It’s important to note the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved do-it-yourself tattoo removal products.

One of the safest and effective ways to remove tattoos is through laser surgery performed by a professional who specializes in tattoo removal.  Since the inks used in tattoos are considered cosmetics, the FDA is involved in both ink regulations as well as the laser devices used to remove the tattoo ink. Lasers have been cleared to be used by or under the supervision of a health care provider.

Improved tattoo removal techniques developed
Over the years, new techniques have been developed to help you eliminate your unwanted tattoo with minimal side effects.  Over the past decade, for example, the most efficient and safest way to remove a tattoo has been with quality-switched, or Q-switched, lasers. These lasers remove the tattoo by breaking up the pigment colors with a high-intensity light beam. This beam of light searches for the contrast between the ink and your skin tone and breaks down the ink into particles small enough for your body to absorb over several weeks.

The Nd:YAG laser, which operates in both pulsed and continuous mode, is particularly effective in treating dark tattoo inks, specifically black, blue, and green. For best results, patients should plan to return for several treatments.

Remember tattoo removal takes time
Don’t forget it takes time to remove an unwanted tattoo, even with laser treatment, as the ink has been injected into the second, deeper layer of your skin using a needle. Typically, multiple treatments are needed, depending on the size of the tattoo and the colors used in the design. Black tattoos are said to be the easiest to treat with reds, blues and greens creating a bit of a challenge depending on whether the tattoo was done by a professional or an amateur. Typically, amateur tattoos require additional treatment sessions. When planning for tattoo removal, don’t forget to allow for a few weeks in between procedures to allow for adequate healing.

Do you have a tattoo you would like to remove?

Contact us to schedule an appointment with Innovative Vein, one of the most trusted providers of this cutting-edge treatment.

Call our office today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation. We are here to help.

Innovative Vein
2350 N. Greenwich, Suite 800, Wichita, KS 67226
316-425-7980

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Top Four Reasons to Schedule Time for a Facial Treatment

It’s been a long week – too many responsibilities – too many deadlines. You try to fit in fitness time at the gym and quality time with the family but you feel drained. That’s when you know it’s time to head to the spa and take care of you.

A facial is one of the best ways to care for your skin as it cleans, exfoliates and feeds your skin. Treatments can dramatically improve your skin tone and texture as well as bring back your skin’s normal oil and pH balance. Not only are you improving your skin, you are giving yourself the gift of quiet time and relaxation. You will leave refreshed and renewed.

There are a number of benefits to scheduling a facial treatment:

  1. Increased circulation
    When you get a facial, it often includes a relaxing massage using special facial creams or other treatments. This step not only helps to deep cleanse skin and remove environmental toxins such as grease and dirt from pollution, it improves circulation to facial skin layers. This step actually helps increase the flow of oxygen-enriched blood to your skin cells giving you a healthy glow as your skin cells are plumped with essential nutrients and water. This process can help you reduce the look of dry, wrinkled skin and the will help the body maintain new skin cells.
  2. Younger, healthy-looking skin
    While there’s no true way to stop the aging process, a facial treatment can help give you a more youthful appearance while slowing down the skin-aging process. From chemical peels and laser treatments to microdermabrasion and HydraFacial, there are multiple ways to remove dead skin cells and increase collagen and cell growth thereby creating a younger, more supple appearance. There is a treatment available for every skin type.
  3. Time to relax
    Not only are facial treatments good for your skin, they are good for your soul. Taking a little time to yourself can do wonders for stress levels and allow you to recuperate. When you schedule time with a professional technician, you are giving yourself a chance to unplug from the rest of the world. This, too, will give you the solitude you need to recharge and will do wonders for your skin.
  4. Renewed confidence
    Taking care of your skin is essential to maintaining a healthy you. When you commit to regular facials, you can help reduce age spots, sun spots and fine lines as well as hydrate your skin. Excellent results can be attained through facial massage and professional exfoliation along with the addition of nutrients and antioxidants. Not only does treatment help reduce acne scarring but it helps unclog pores and restore an even skin color. And when we look better on the outside, we often feel a little better on the inside as our confidence is renewed. It won’t be long before you glow.

Are facials treatments for you?

The only way you’ll know is to schedule an appointment with Innovative Vein, one of the most trusted providers of this cutting-edge treatment.

Call our office today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation. We are here to help.

Innovative Vein
2350 N. Greenwich, Suite 800, Wichita, KS 67226
316-425-7980

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Understanding Varicose Veins

You wake up in the morning and you’re feeling a bit achy, your legs are throbbing and they feel particularly heavy. You notice a few bulging blood vessels on your legs and wonder where they came from and how to get rid of them. And then you wonder whether these new, dark veins are medically safe.

If you are experiencing the effects of varicose veins you are not alone. It is estimated that 15 percent of men and about 25 percent of women in the United States have them. Varicose veins are said to affect half of all people 50 years and older although there are people in their 20s who can develop them.

What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are the most common type of vascular lesion. They consist of enlarged blood vessels, typically greater than 1 mm in diameter, which appear entwined or bulge mainly in your legs or feet. In fact, the word “varicose” is derived from the Latin root word “varix” which translates to “twisted” in English.

This vein condition occurs when the wall of the vein collapses or weakens. And when near-surface veins have undergone high pressure, it can cause them to dilate and get longer, which can make them develop the purple-blue or red color often associated with the condition. This discoloration is caused by the de-oxygenated blood that accumulates in the area.

While an exact cause for varicose veins has not been determines, there are several factors specialists believe contribute to their development. This includes extended standing, female hormones, pregnancy, trauma, obesity, family history and age.

Varicose veins may be more than a cosmetic concern
Not only are their bluish-purple lines unattractive, they can cause significant pain and discomfort. And if not treated, some individuals could be at risk for other disorders of the circulatory system as they can put you at risk for blood clots and ulcers.

Comprehensive ultrasound evaluations can be used in order to diagnose varicose veins and determine their severity.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
The most common symptoms experienced with varicose veins include night cramps, restless legs, leg fatigue and heaviness, itching, throbbing, and ankle swelling.

How can they be treated?
There are conservative measures that can be taken such as walking, compression hose and leg elevation which can help relieve symptoms temporarily. In most cases, these collapsed veins don’t serve any real function and removal could actually help improve circulation. Deep veins, however, cannot be removed.

Ultrasound technology can be utilized to help determine any risks with your varicose veins and identify the most appropriate treatment for your condition. From Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy to Endovenous Laser Ablation, there is a treatment that can work for you to reduce pain and the unattractive look of varicose veins.

Would you like to know more about varicose veins and effective treatment?

Contact us to schedule an appointment with Innovative Vein, one of the most trusted providers of this cutting-edge treatment.

Call our office today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation. We are here to help.

Innovative Vein
2350 N. Greenwich, Suite 800, Wichita, KS 67226
316-425-7980

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8 Benefits of Vaser Shape

Vaser Shape is one of the most innovative methods available to help tone and refine troublesome areas of your body where cellulite has settled. This unique approach combines two therapies:

Ultrasound diathermy, which involves use of a handheld device that produces high-frequency sound waves, allows these waves to travel deep into your tissues and create healing heat.

Zonal lymphatic massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which is the network that helps to remove waste, excess fluids, fats and toxins from the body. The combination of ultrasound diathermy and massage of the lymphatic system facilitates the body’s ability to remove and metabolize these unwanted substances from areas of the body where cellulite has settled.

8 Benefits of Vaser Shape
Here are 8 benefits of the Vaser Shape technique.

  1. It’s noninvasive, which means there are no needles, cutting or other invasive procedures involved.
  2. It provides quick results; you will likely see an improvement in the appearance of cellulite and the smoothness of your skin in the treated areas after just one treatment.
  3. You will experience increasing improvements in tone and the presence of cellulite up to several months after you have completed your series of treatments.
  4. There is little to no downtime after your treatment. Within a few hours, you can return to your normal activities.
  5. Treatment is a relaxing and comfortable experience.
  6. Vaser Shape is excellent for spot treating problem areas of the body.
  7. No pain medication is needed during treatment.
  8. No special exercises or dietary plans are required during treatment.

After a Vaser Shape treatment, your skin may feel warm and look pink, but these side effects go away within a few hours. Some people also experience an increased need to urinate and changes in bowel function for a short time. If you like to sunbathe or use tanning beds, you will need to stop for the duration of your treatments.

Are you ready to learn more about Vaser Shape?

For more information, or to schedule a free consultation, contact the experts at InnovativeVein, a premier phlebology and medical spa.

Call our office today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation. We are here to help.

Innovative Vein
2350 N. Greenwich, Suite 800, Wichita, KS 67226
316-425-7980

Satellite Offices
Phone number (satellite offices): 877.991.7980
West Wichita: 2135 N. Ridge Road, Wichita, KS 67212
Winfield: 3625 Quail Ridge Road, Winfield, KS 67156
Ponca City: 2210 N. 14th Street, Ponca City, OK 74601
Emporia: 2526 W. 15th, Emporia, KS 66801
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Vaser Shape: Curing Muscle Aches, Cellulitis, Post-Maternity Fat and More Without Surgery

Cellulitis, muffin top, post-maternity fat, muscle aches and a host of conditions that stem from misbehaving tissue beneath your skin have continued to be some of the most annoying conditions to treat.

The worst part is that treating these conditions usually involves treatments that can be worse than the conditions themselves. Some even require painful surgery that can leave you debilitated during a prolonged recovery period and others can bring unsightly scars that never fade.

Some brilliant minds have made a breakthrough in the elimination of fat-related skin problems. Vaser Shape is a non-invasive surgical treatment that can give immediate and long-lasting results by treating the problem directly at the source: the underlying layer of flesh beneath your skin.

How Does Vaser Shape Work?

There are two main components to Vaser Shape

1)  The lymphatic (zonal) massage

2)  The ultrasound treatment

    • The zonal massage works to stimulate the lymph node system beneath your skin. This encourages damaged cells and waste to be removed, promotes the elimination of excess body fat and promotes an increased blood flow. It is the first step in promoting a healthier looking and feeling body.
    • The ultrasound treatment is applied after the massage. The ultrasound waves promote the underlying tissue into a state of excitement, which promotes cellular rejuvenation. It also encourages fat removal by stimulating the fat cells to release their stored contents into the lymphatic system so that those contents can be removed.

Where Can Vaser Shape Be Used?

Vaser Shape can be applied to almost any area of your body. Most patients have it applied to their abdomen, love handles, back, arms, hips, knees and buttocks.

It can be used in these areas to treat everything from cellulitis to muscle spasms, aches and pains.

Why Should you Use Vaser Shape Over Other Treatments?

Vaser Shape is unique in the sole fact that it does not require any cutting, scalpels or needles. That means there is minimal recovery time and the procedure itself is painless. The only sensations you will feel during a Vaser Shape treatment session is a warm sensation that may tingle.

Recovery time for Vaser Shape treatment is minimal, if it is even required at all. Likewise, results can be seen almost immediately after a one-hour treatment session.

Vaser Shape May Be Perfect For You

Vaser Shape is safe, requires almost no recovery time and produces immediate results. You will even be able to keep these results, provided that you follow your doctor’s dietary and exercise plans.

Is Vaser Shape the right treatment for you?

The only way you’ll know is to schedule an appointment with Innovative Vein, one of the most trusted providers of this cutting-edge treatment.

Call our office today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation. We are here to help.

 

Innovative Vein
2350 N. Greenwich, Suite 800, Wichita, KS 67226
316-425-7980

Satellite Offices
Phone number (satellite offices): 877.991.7980
West Wichita: 2135 N. Ridge Road, Wichita, KS 67212
Winfield: 3625 Quail Ridge Road, Winfield, KS 67156
Ponca City: 2210 N. 14th Street, Ponca City, OK 74601
Emporia: 2526 W. 15th, Emporia, KS 66801
(open every other Wednesday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

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