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.


Ladies, Enhance your Unique Beauty with Juvèderm

Over a period of time, you may notice that you are losing volume in different areas of your skin. These changes in your appearance can show themselves as wrinkles and parenthesis lines. A variety of factors attributes to developing age-related, mid-face volume loss, from genetics to your environment. The truth is, you already know you are losing collagen and moisture in your skin—you see it in the mirror every day. What you really want to know, is what to do about it! Ladies, it’s high time to enhance your unique beauty and stop worrying with Juvèderm…the secret weapon.

Your family and friends will look at you and notice that your glowing goddess is turned up —you just look radiant. What they won’t know (and we aren’t going tell them) that you just had a Juvèderm treatment. Juvèderm, an FDA approved treatment, is a #1 collection of dermal fillers in the U.S. The beauty behind these fillers is that they will plump, lift, and smooth your skin to your younger you! Smooth those parenthesis lines with Juvèderm XC or lift and contour your cheeks with Juvèderm Voluma XC, and say goodbye to flat or sagging cheeks. Some patients who’ve experienced Juvèderm Voluma reported looking up to 5 years younger for up to 2 years! Perhaps you want to try the latest lipstick trends on some fuller lips? 78% of people treated with Juvèderm Ultra XC reported satisfaction with the look and feel of their lips.

In this day and age, you have no time to waste! Life is calling you to your next great adventure—you need results! Juvèderm treatments usually yield gorgeous results in just a few days. Also, Juvèderm is an in-office treatment that only takes about 10-15 minutes and requires no downtime. Just a single treatment can last up to a full year!

What are you waiting for? Call Denver Vein Center and ask about Juvèderm treatments today!


Denver Vein Center Coolsculpting Event

The spring months are coming, which means bikini and short season is quickly approaching.  You do so much for your family throughout the year; it is time to give yourself the gift of self-confidence this season and transform your body with CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is the revolutionary way to reduce stubborn fat without surgery or needles. Join us for our Cool Sculpting Event Thursday, March 17th, 2016 from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm at the Denver Vein Center. Our knowledgeable and friendly representatives will be available to describe how this new procedure works, and you can get a first-hand look at a live demonstration, receive a free consultation with one of our nurses, register to win a FREE CoolSculpting treatment, and benefit from special pricing for your CoolSculpting procedure available only at the event!

CoolSculpting has gained a significant amount of attention in the past few years. This FDA-approved, non-invasive technique for fat removal requires no downtime and is completely non-surgical.  Patients can resume their regular activities immediately after treatment. The procedure involves a patented cooling device that gently “freezes” away unwanted fat.  CoolSculpting is ideal for otherwise healthy individuals, who are looking to target particular areas of stubborn fat on their body, such as on the thighs, abdomen, and back.

Side-effects of CoolSculpting may include redness, minor bruising, and swelling.  However, patients will start seeing results approximately 4-6 weeks after treatment, with the most striking changes occurring two to four months after treatment. Whether it is your waistline, stomach, thighs, or your chin area, the CoolSculpting procedure can help you feel better about yourself. If you are thinking about CoolSculpting treatment and would like to learn more about how you can give your body a makeover without surgery, diet or exercise, then you need to come to our Cool Scuplting Event this March! Space is limited, so call today to reserve your spot and get your confidence back!