Varicose and Spider Veins

by Dr. R Genesis Nov 9, 2011

Millions of people suffer from unsightly veins on their face, or their body.  Heredity, life style, family history, hormones, sun damage, trauma, medications, and age all have a role to play in development of abnormal blood vessels on the face and body.

Spider veins are like overgrown red-purple veins that have grown very superficially in the skin and detract from the appearance of skin by the appearance of  “red spots or red lines” on the face or legs.  When these become excessive on the face, they will reveal their dysfunction by dilating more and more frequently by triggers that become eventually “off limits”.  The result of overgrowth of tiny facial veins is progressive redness of the face with problematic flushing.  For example, glass of wine might trigger a flush so red and intense that wine would be too embarrassing to risk in the future.  Now one more of life’s pleasures would be avoided.  Other typical triggers include: a hot drink, sun exposure, emotions, and exercise.  Sometimes these vessels become so dense in the face that a flush will cause alarm in others.  Others might ask about your blood pressure, or they will silently assume that you drink too much alcohol.  Intense pulsed light to the full face is an excellent method for stabilizing the flushing activity while also eliminating the spider veins that distract from the complexion and colour.  Nose veins are often an isolated cosmetic blight that may be dealt with in minutes by one of the lasers.

Spider veins and small veins on the legs are unsightly and increasingly common with age.  They are elongated twisting veins of varying colour from red to purple, of varying size, and varying depth, that may occur singly or in mixed networks.  They have no functional role.  Sometimes the complexes are so large and dense that they appear as a bruise on the medial knee or lateral thigh.  Individuals with complexes such as described are often approached by others with questions about the “bruise”.  The overall effect of the scattered veins, or complexes of veins, is distracting enough that some will choose to furthermore avoid clothing that might expose their legs.  This means no more shorts or swim suits in the summer!  Another of life’s pleasures is out!  Nirvana will tailor the treatment for any given individual’s vein pattern by choosing from two lasers or one intense pulsed light device, to maximize efficacy and minimize side effects.

With research and development of light based therapy, it has become evident to experts that spider veins and small superficial leg veins are highly amenable to laser and pulsed light therapy.  Traditionally, injections into the veins, or surgery, were the treatments of choice, but now the latter therapies are reserved primarily for lager deeper vein problems such as true varicosities or incapacitated veins.  Light is a much simpler less invasive mechanism to bring about resolution of the small tortuous veins.  All of the laser and intense pulsed light devices at Nirvana have been cleared by the Health Protection Branch of Canada, and the FDA, for vascular lesions, (veins).

The light selectively absorbed into the red – blue blood vessel, heating it up, and causing it to collapse and self absorb.  The technology is diverse, enabling selective treatment of vessels on the basis of size, depth, and colour, passing by and through the skin without disruption.  Side effects are usually limited to slight swelling and redness of the blood vessel under the skin, for a few days.  Occasionally there may be some superficial blistering or scabbing or bruising that resolves completely in the next days, but this is uncommon.

The process is quick and easy.  People will often “stop in after work for a treatment”.  They are back to work the following day with “no downtime”.  The only restriction is the recommendation that sun be avoided for a few weeks.

Call 931-8828 to book in for your complimentary consultation.






Why Compression Therapy


Compression therapy provides you with the necessary support to maintain and enhance your lifestyle

Whether it’s being engaged in daily activities or spending time doing the things you really love, like traveling, being outdoors or participating in your favorite hobbies,  you can continue to engage in daily activities while receiving the therapeutic benefits of compression.

Compression stockings are designed to provide support to the legs and veins, assist with circulation, and minimize swelling. The compression is graduated, with the strongest support starting at the ankles and gradually decreasing towards the top of the garment. This gradual support works in conjunction with the pumping action of the calf muscles, which also assist with circulation.

A common myth is that compression stockings will cut off circulation. When fitted and worn properly, compression stockings help with your circulation, not reduce or restrict it.

Compression garments are categorized by classes. These classes consist of compression ranges, which are measured in mmHg---meaning millimeters of mercury, the universal form of measurement used for this type of garment. There are designated medical indications for each compression class.


Will I Feel Comfortable Wearing Compression Therapy Garments In Public?

Today’s compression stockings are very fashionable – most of them look just like regular hosiery or dress socks. No one will know the difference! We offer garments in various styles and colors.


Are Compression Therapy Garments Comfortable?

Compression stockings compliment your legs naturally and beautifully. Modern technology enables softness and comfort, leaving your legs feeling energized all day long!


How Should I Wear My Compression Stockings?

In general, graduated compression stockings should only be worn during the day while you are upright and mobile, and should be taken off and washed at night. Consult your primary care provider for specific instructions.

If you need to wear your garment every day, you may want to consider purchasing a second pair so you will always have one pair to wear while the other is being washed.


Compression Stockings – Care and Application

To maintain your Juzo® stockings, we recommend the following:

  • Hand or machine wash warm daily to maximize therapeutic effectiveness and prolong the life of your Juzo® garment.
  • When machine washing and drying, use the lowest permanent press settings.
  • Wash dark colors separately from other clothing.
  • Use mild soap for washing.
  • DO NOT USE: bleach, chlorine, fabric softeners, or other laundry additives. These may damage your garment.
  • Please refer to the washing symbols on the label sewn into your Juzo stocking.
  • Store your stockings in a dry place at room temperature.


Useful tips to help with your compression stocking Pantyhose

  • Turn the upper half of the stocking inside out to the heel by gently sliding the stocking down over the foot portion.
  • Slip your foot into the foot portion.
  • Gently ease the remaining part of the stocking over the heel.
  • Use the palms of your hands to massage the stocking upwards towards the knee, until just above the knee.

NOTE: Never pull at the upper edge of the stocking.

  • Follow the same procedure for the opposite leg, taking care that the stitch rows always run vertically.
  • Gently ease the stocking onto the thigh. Work the stocking upwards into place using the palms of your hands until the stocking reaches the groin area.
  •  Ease the body part of the panty hose to your waist. The seams should run vertically up the front of the garment.

Always use latex free donning gloves when applying stockings/hose 



Varicose Veins

Many problems with veins in the lower limb are blamed on human upright posture. Simply standing will result in high gravitational pressures in the veins, rising to 100mm of mercury at the ankle. Nevertheless, not all individuals develop varicose veins by long standing or upright work.  Additional factors are required before varicosities appear. These occur in people who have an inherited tendency to develop them. Varicose veins often run in families but the exact genetics of inheritance has not been established. In addition, other environmental or health factors are important. read more.....