Embrace Your Beauty

How many times have you heard the phrase, "Well the blood work is normal" and yet you still don't feel well? In today's world, there is an increasing reliance on testing, be it blood work or radiologic exams. In my opinion, this is not necessarily a good thing. Don’t get me wrong, I rely on these tests frequently in treating my patients, but to exclusively use these as a method of diagnosis and to disregard the patient's symptoms and physical findings will lead to many patients not getting full relief from the issue which caused them to seek care in the first place.

"Normal" lab values may be better referred to as "reference ranges" in many physicians' minds. If you are feeling sluggish and tired, you may have a thyroid panel checked. Normal values, as stated on the lab results sheet, will vary slightly from lab to lab. Also, there is a wide range of "normal". For example, the free T3 level, which is an important predictor of proper thyroid function, has a range of 2.0-4.4 in the lab we use. If your level is 2.1 and you are still feeling sluggish despite taking your thyroid supplement daily, you may be told that it can't be your thyroid because your labs are "normal". Newer thinking would suggest that increasing your thyroid supplement to achieve a higher level of "normal" may be of benefit. This level would be approximately in the 90th percentile of "normal" and for this lab it would be 4. This is called hormone optimization and is the hallmark of feeling well.

Hormones should be optimized in order to feel well and perform your best as you age. Some of the important ones are thyroid, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, Vitamin D, and others. Optimizing these levels is clearly a newer way of approaching wellness than just saying "normal". Numerous medical studies have proven the benefit of hormonal optimization instead of just relying on "normal". I myself am a living example of how life has changed once I got optimized! I haven't felt this good in years and am physically fitter now than I was in my twenties. When you are ready to live life as well as you can, come in and let us check your hormone levels. You will be amazed as to what a difference there is between "normal" and optimized!

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We know you have a choice when it comes to your vein care, so why choose us?

First, our experience.
Dr. Prasad has been performing vein procedures his entire career, maintaining board certification in surgery and phlebology. When he first started practicing medicine in 1996, all vein care was performed in operating rooms. As a surgeon, he performed many venous procedures. He then partnered with SSM Health-St. Mary’s to open the Comprehensive Wound Healing Center in 2001, which remains open to this day.

With the knowledge that many ulcers are caused by poor venous circulation and with the new advancements in laser to treat vein disease, Dr. Prasad felt he could provide patients with a better outcome for wound healing and vein disease if he began to offer laser treatments as an option. This led to the opening of the Laser & Vein Center in 2007. Here he provided the most comprehensive and latest treatments for the care of the vein patient. Now all treatments could be treated in the office without general anesthesia and with minimal pain and downtime.

Dr. Prasad continues to remain at the forefront of medical breakthroughs to treat vein disease. Today, Genesis Laser & Vein offers cutting-edge vein care with the addition of Varithena and VenaSeal. These are two of the newest options to treat vein disease, and Genesis Laser & Vein Center is the only practice in Mid-Missouri to offer these treatments to our patients. These two new treatments are non-laser-based, and the advantages include no pain, no anesthesia, and no numbness at the treatment site, and sometimes do not require the patient to wear compression hose!

Second, the patient experience.
At Genesis Laser & Vein Center, we value your time. We strive to keep our appointments on time and see you in a timely fashion. We are a stand-alone clinic, which only treats vein disease. You will not be exposed to other patients who may be sick or have other serious illnesses. When you are at Genesis Laser & Vein Center, you will only be with other patients seeking care of the same disease. This allows you to discuss your disease and experience with people who are going through the same process, if you are so inclined.

Our clinic’s aesthetics and the patient flow are second to none. Here, your time and our knowledge of your disease take center stage. Our main goal is to educate you on vein disease and set appropriate expectations for your treatment process and results. The soothing ambiance and calming sounds allow you to enjoy your visit and have the opportunity to fully understand vein disease through the exceptional education provided by our staff. We feel that education is the key to your success and welcome any and all questions. Further, we feel that once you understand vein disease, you will be your own best advocate to receive the care you want and deserve.

Lastly, our staff.
From the front desk to the office staff and nurses, we have the most educated staff who desire to provide you with the best customer service possible. Here, you are the reason we come to work every day. At Genesis, we have routine continuing education for all aspects of the clinic. If there are issues, we will address them in a prompt, courteous manner. We will never refer you to another phone number or email should you have questions. You will deal directly with the staff you have come to know and can meet with any of our staff from front to back in person to answer any questions you have, from billing and scheduling to client care.

In closing, we know you have a choice. It is our sincere hope that you choose us for your vein treatments. We will value that choice by always aiming to provide the care and service you deserve.

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I have struggled with losing my love handles since childhood and also with that last few inches of belly fat. This didn't get any easier with age or increasing family and job commitments! I had the solution in my practice for my patients in VASER liposuction, but I just couldn't figure out how to do it on myself!

CoolSculpting is a technology that has been around for a few years and I have observed many colleagues using it across the country. I have always had a healthy dose of skepticism when it comes to non-invasive fat reduction, and many of them do not permanently remove fat cells; they reduce the fat within the cells at best or nothing at all.

So, I took the leap and had the reps do CoolSculpting on my love handles. I had no pain during the procedure, which lasted around 30 minutes per side. The massaging afterwards to warm the area was a little uncomfortable, but tolerable, especially when you understand that this will increase the number of fat cells destroyed permanently. Afterwards, I went to the gym daily without any pain. The area was a little sensitive to touch, but I didn't curtail my daily work or exercise routine.

My second treatment one month later included what we call dual sculpting. I did the abdominal fat and the love handles. No problems again with pain during the procedure, but the massage was a little uncomfortable. The tenderness to touch and some numbness lasted about 10 days this time, but again didn't stop me from my normal exercise routine.

It's now been two weeks and my pictures are unbelievable! The abdomen is significantly reduced and so are the love handles. I actually am 2 pounds heavier now and still can see the change! The changes will continue for the next few months and the skin will tighten. I cannot wait to see the final results and am really excited to share CoolSculpting with all of you.

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Welcome to the first blog post for our new business, with our new name, The Genesis Company. Dr. Prasad and I are excited to embark on this journey, and look forward to continuing to bring our community quality vein care at the Genesis Laser & Vein Center and medical esthetic, spa and wellness services at the Genesis Medspa. This year there is a lot that is new for us, but also a lot has not changed. We are still the same people, offering services at the same location, with the same service and care you have come to expect.

The new name of my blog is Beholding Beauty. You can follow this and other blogs on our website, our newsletter, or watch for them on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. I hope you will choose to follow mine! It was difficult to choose the new blog name, so I thought, for my first blog post, I would share how I decided upon this name, Beholding Beauty.

I have to admit I was a bit overwhelmed to try to find a way to name a blog with my lofty goals. I want this blog to share our passion for what we do, give you insight into our philosophy, and an idea of who we are as a company, plus keep you up to date on what is going on in our industry and maybe add a bit of inspiration along the way. Whew! How can I name that? What we do alone spans a pretty broad spectrum from services that improve your health and enhance wellness, to services that improve the way you look and feel. Is there a way to embody all that!? But I did finally settle upon the name.

So why Beholding Beauty? Well to me, beauty defines it all. Beauty is seeing a grandma get to enjoy time running around with the grandkids again or gardening after missing out on those joys due to painful legs or lack of energy; beauty is watching a high performing athlete master their skills; beauty is seeing a couple get to renew the intimacy in their relationship; beauty is helping people get rid of the things that keep them hidden and embarrassed; and beauty is seeing someone appreciate the beauty that is unique to them. We not only get to see this beauty on a daily basis, but get to help enhance it in people's lives every day. That is why we are so passionate about what we do and why it is so rewarding.

So I will use this forum to behold a bit of the beauty that crosses our door every day! I hope you will enjoy the journey and take a bit of time this January to behold all the beauty that graces your world, too!

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Every year we set resolutions and with high resolve and excitement we set off to make the next year better than the last. We start strong, but by mid-March our enthusiasm has dwindled, and we tell ourselves the next year will be the year.

Well, this year we are going to commit to the following-through bit. A big one for us is making sure that every visit to our Medspa or Vein Center is perfect. We are up for the challenge of seeing it through. We hope you continue to be a part of our journey in 2018 and notice our commitment to making your visit a pleasurable experience.

Check out our personal resolutions on Facebook, and we would love to hear your intentions for 2018! :)

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  1. "No pain, no gain" – doesn't always have to be a thing. Botox is SO not painful that less than 1% of people request numbing cream or any sort of anesthetic. Personally, I think it feels like a tiny sweat bee sting. It's easier than the dentist.
  2. Immediate gratification – everyone wants that product or service that has immediate results. Botox comes pretty close. So much faster than creams and lotions that treat wrinkles. Within about a week you will be making wrinkles no more. You're welcome.
  3. No downtime – Botox in, continue life, makeup immediately, if you like. No big deal. We will even put it on for you!
  4. It's seasonal – play your cards right and your wrinkles can be seasonal, just like your allergies. It lasts approximately 3 months. So you can put that on your calendar: Medicine for the allergies, Botox for the wrinkles.
  5. Make your money work for you – not only does Botox stop wrinkles from happening in the moment, it also prevents them from getting worse, and can literally prevent wrinkles from ever happening to you, saving you even more sadness and heartache in the future. It's like a multi-benefit medicine with virtually no side effects. Bam.
  6. Holiday pictures – get ahead of the game and get Botox well before the holidays, the sooner the better. That's when everyone makes sure to get it, just like everyone buys eggnog for Christmas and pumpkins for Halloween. It's what you do.
  7. Be polite – hide the full extent of your expressions for the weird dude that gives your kid candy without asking you first (#frownlines), those people (bless their hearts) who try so hard to buy presents you will like (but just never do - #laughlines), and just how much you truly, truly love that pie #crowsfeet. No hot dog forehead for this girl. (Really though, raise your eyebrows and look at your little hot dogs. You know I'm right. #sorry).
  8. Cost – you can totally customize your look and your own cost. Pick the wrinkle(s) you're most concerned about.
  9. Convenience – the appointment is scheduled for 15 minutes. That includes the talky talk and catching up on "how's your life?".

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