Juvederm Voluma XC for Full Cheeks

Age related skin concerns don’t just extend to wrinkles and lines. Over time, cheeks may flatten out, sag, or just lose that fullness and glow that comes with youth. This is a natural loss of volume in the cheek area, referred to as age-related midface volume loss. This loss could be the result of low levels of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body, as it is this substance that helps create the fullness that comes with youthful looking cheeks and skin. Rest assured, though, just because age can impact your skin’s fullness and healthy look doesn’t mean you don’t have options to regain that youthful appearance. Juvederm Voluma XC, by Allergen, was designed to create full, contoured cheeks and restore that youthful look and vitality.

Voluma XC is the first and only FDA-approved injectable gel that restores your cheeks’ natural plumpness and gives you beautiful, natural-looking results. The Voluma XC treatment gives your skin just enough volume to contour your face and subtract years from your appearance right away. Designed specifically for the cheek area to make them appear more plump and youthful, this gel-like injectable instantly adds volume just below the skin’s surface. The treatment is quick, convenient, and a long lasting approach to skin care – it can last up to two years with optimal treatment. There is absolutely no down time, and you can immediately carry on with your day business as usual right after treatment.

Patients that took part in clinical studies of Juvederm Voluma XC reported looking up to five years younger, six months after treatment. When treated again after two years, patients needed less of the injectable to achieve their desired results.

For more information about this revolutionary injectable gel designed specifically to keep your cheeks looking youthful and healthy, call Denver Vein today at (303) 777-8346.


Kybella Treatment for Your Chin

Many are bothered by the appearance of extra weight beneath their chin. Some may refer to it as a “double chin”, but healthcare providers refer to this fullness as submental fullness. Submental fullness can be caused by genetics, weight gain, or aging and affects both men and women alike. Even with diet and exercise, sometimes the condition won’t go away and can make you look older or heavier than you actually are.

There is a new treatment to help improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat beneath the chin. This treatment is called Kybella. Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable available to treat submental fullness. An alternative to surgery, this is a very effective treatment – 79% of those treated in clinical studies had improved satisfaction effective treatment with the appearance beneath their chin 12 weeks after their last treatment.

Injected into the affected area under the chin, Kybella destroys fat tissues. Once destroyed, they cannot store or accumulate fat again. Kybella’s active ingredient is called deoxycholic acid. This is a natural occurring molecule in the body that helps breakdown and absorb fat cells. Once injected and the cells are treated, the fat is removed from the area through the body’s natural metabolism.

The process typically takes about 15 – 20 minutes. Your healthcare provider will help determine the number of treatments needed based on the distribution of fat under your chin. Spaced no less than one month a part, up to six treatments may be administered to reach your desired results.

As with any medication or medical treatment, there are risks and side effects that must be considered when using Kybella. Consult with your doctor and healthcare providers to learn about these risks and side effects, and other requirements necessary to determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment.

Join us on Thursday, August 18th from 11:30 – 1:00, when Denver Vein Center will be hosting a lunch and learn session to provide you with more information about Kybella, and if it’s right for you. Call us at (303) 777-8346 for more details.


Important Things to Know About Sunscreen

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It is estimated that one person out of every five will develop skin cancer. That’s a pretty significant number and a very important reason to use sunscreen while out and about. But, just any sunscreen won’t do the trick. In a 2011 ruling the FDA has cracked down on marketing gimmicks and now require sunscreen labeling to be more detailed and accurate.

Ultra Violet (UV) radiation from the sun and artificial sources (such as from tanning beds) is classified as a carcinogen (cancer causing substance), by both the US Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization.

There are two kinds of rays and both of them can be dangerous.

  • UVA rays (or aging rays) can pass through windows and can prematurely age your skin and cause wrinkles and age spots.
  • UVB rays (or burning rays) are blocked by window glass and are the primary cause of sunburn.

Sunscreen labeled “Broad Spectrum” means it will protect against both UVA and UVB rays, and with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) value of 15 or higher it can not only protect against sunburn, but if used as directed with other sun protection measures, it can reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.

If a label doesn’t indicate “Broad Spectrum” and has an SPF of less than 15 it must have an alert stating it may only help prevent against sunburn and will not protect against cancer and premature aging.

SPF values higher than 50 can only be listed as “50+”, as ratings higher than SPF 50 show no significant added benefit and include more chemicals. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using sunscreen with at least a SPF rating of 30.

No longer can manufacturers claim sunscreen is “water proof” or “sweat proof”. If the sunscreen has a water resistant feature, it must be labeled as either “Water Resistant” (meaning it may be effective in the water for up to 40 minutes) or “Very Water Resistant” (meaning it may be effective in the water up to 80 minutes). After the indicated time it must be reapplied.

As well, manufacturers cannot identify these products as “Sunblocks”, as no application can effectively block 100% of the sun’s UV rays.


Vein Ulcerations – Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

The burden of unsightly varicose and spider veins is not only aesthetic; it is an indication of a potentially serious medical problem known as vein ulcers. Vein ulcerations may be caused by a minor injury that results in the break of the skin. In most people this type of injury heals up without complication in a week or two.

However, vein ulcers can also be the result of varicose veins. Underlying reasons for an ulcer may be due to venous disease, arterial disease, or other diseases. Venous disease, which is often 80% of leg ulcers, is caused by the veins simply not working correctly. Veins in the leg have one-way valves that make sure the blood flows up the leg and not down. The valves may become defective or damaged. Varicose and spider veins may result and pressure can increase resulting in an ulcer. Arterial disease, caused by arterial failures or defects are responsible for about 15% of ulcers. Diseases such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis account for the remaining 5%.

If you are afflicted with varicose veins, you are at risk for a leg ulcer. With leg ulcers you become at risk for blood clots. A blood clot is when blood changes from liquid to a gel-like or semisolid state. While blood clots do serve us well when healing a cut, a clot in a vein that does not dissolve can be a very dangerous and even life-threatening situation. If a blood clot breaks free and travels through the veins to the heart and lungs it can get stuck and prevent blood flow.

The optimum, pro-active step you can take is through specialized treatments aimed at clearing up unsightly veins that may cause pain, redness, hot areas, itching, swelling, heaviness in the leg , or restless leg. With treatment, you will increase the health of your legs and you significantly reduce the chance of developing vein ulcers and prevent dangerous conditions like blood clots. Denver Vein specializes in several different out-patient treatment options performed by a Board certified surgeon. Call today for an evaluation of your varicose or spider veins and take charge of your health going forward.

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Cryolipolysis: The Science Behind CoolSculpting

Coolsculpting was conceived after doctors came across an old New England Journal of Medicine article that said kids who sucked on popsicles were losing weight. With an innovative spirit and the use of modern technology this concept has been developed into what we call coolsculpting, an FDA approved procedure to rid your body of unwanted fat deposits.

Known as Cryolipolysis, the science behind coolsculpting, the procedure is pretty straight forward. In coolsculpting the affected area is targeted with a precisely controlled cooling device. The targeted fat cells underneath the skin are crystalized (frozen), then die. Over time your body processes the fat and eliminates the dead cells through your body’s natural method. This process leaves your troubled area well sculpted and more aesthetically pleasing.

A good candidate for coolsculpting is someone who has unwanted fat in a specifically targeted area. As opposed to a gastric bypass, coolsculpting is not an alternative for weight-loss and weight loss surgery. This is a completely safe procedure. This effective treatment is FDA cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen, flank, and now on the back below the bra area, and chin. The treatment is so non-invasive many patients read, work on their laptop, and even sleep during the procedure. As the first of its kind, the treatment has been used by millions and is a safe and effective for riding the body of those unsightly bulges.

The side effects are minimal and manageable. Immediately after treatment redness, firmness, mild bruising, tingling, and stinging may occur. One to two weeks after treatment the above side-effects may be present in addition to possible swelling, cramping, aching, itching sensitivity, and numbness. Like any medical procedures, there is a chance for more severe, but rare side effects that may require medical intervention. Please talk to your coolsculpting medical professional to learn about these rarities.

If you are looking to tighten up and reduce troublesome fatty areas and bulges, coolsculpting in Denver is available with the Denver Vein Center. Call us today and let us help you look and feel better today.