Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some frequently asked questions that can help shed light on the various conditions and services Kamloops Skin Solutions addresses. For any questions not in this FAQ, please contact us.
Simply put, varicose veins are  veins that become abnormally swollen and large, usually due to faulty valves inside the vein. Varicose veins are sometimes bluish and can protrude from the surface of the skin, frequently have a winding or worm-like appearance.
Some biggest contributing risk factors for Varicose Veins include:

  • Family history – Genetics is the biggest risk factor for varicose veins. Overall risk is 20%, but much higher if your parents were affected.
  • Female gender – Due to natural progesterone levels, pregnancy, and birth control. 25% of women get varicose veins as opposed to only 10% of men.
  • Obesity – Added weight and lack of “calf-pump” action, puts extra pressure on the veins.
  • Sitting or standing for long periods of time – The blood flow is compromised by the lack of action in the calf pump.
  • History of DVT – DVT is a clot in the deep veins which ultimately destroys valves in those veins. Long term there is problems with swelling, aching in the leg with higher risk of developing varicose veins and further clots. It’s very important for people who have had this, to wear compression stockings.
Varicose Veins can cause visibly widened veins, skin irritation, rash, discoloration, itching, swelling, and skin ulcers. The legs may feel heavy, tired, or achy, usually at the end of the day or after prolonged standing.
There are a number of different treatment options for Varicose Veins; however, there is no permanent cure. Once you close off the path of a faulty vein, the blood will re-route to heathy veins however, due to the number one risk factor being genetics, individuals with history of varicose veins have a general tendency to weakness in the valves. Therefore, many patients need to return for maintenance treatments after their initial treatment is completed.
Yes! The network of superficial veins is abundant, so it is safe to remove the ones that are refluxing. In fact, removal of faulty veins actually improves over all circulation and related symptoms in the treated leg.
A skin ulcer is caused by a venous reflux disorder called a venous stasis. Early signs that a venous stasis ulcer may develop include a darkening of the skin in the area of the ankle. Over time, the skin may become leathery or waxy in appearance. If the venous disease is left untreated, the skin may breakdown and bleeding may occur.
Duplex examination of the superficial venous system displays anatomically what is happening in the veins below the skin. Important information is documented that your physician can use to diagnose your specific problem and develop a treatment plan tailored for you.
Sclerotherapy is the treatment of varicose veins by injection of a drug called sclerosant into the faulty vein. This causes irritation and ultimately reabsorption of the vein by the body. Many patients who select this treatment option for cosmetic reasons notice improvement in the way that their legs feel after treatment.
Some veins that require treatment are deep below the surface of the skin and cannot visualize without the aid of ultrasound imaging. The vein that needs sclerotherapy is localized with the ultrasound before injection.
Most patients don’t experience any complications from sclerotherapy. However, in some cases patients may experience changes in skin pigment in the areas of injection. In rare cases, patients may experience chemical burns of the skin, allergy to the medication or more serious complications such as deep vein blood clots could occur.
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT), also known as Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), uses laser energy to seal shut abnormal main superficial veins. This treatment involves the application of heat energy to inside the vein.
Custom fitted graduated compression socks/stockings can temporarily relieve the effects of venous disease and reduce the discomfort. Committing to incorporating therapeutic compression into your daily life can aid with prevention and worsening of varicose veins.

You should wear compression if you are:

  • Pregnant
  • Traveling by flight
  • Have spider veins
  • Experience heaviness and/or tiredness in the legs
  • Frequently experiencing leg swelling
  • Have family history of varicose veins
  • Keep moving! Try to avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time.
  • Elevate your legs above the level of the heart! This will promote circulation and contribute to heathy veins.
  • Work out! Regular exercise helps keep your body healthy.
  • Control your weight! Shedding a few extra pounds can minimize the pressure in the veins.
  • Wear graduated compression socks and stockings!
Thermage uses radiofrequency technology to heat the deep, collagen rich layers of your skin. The heat helps remodel existing collagen and produce new collagen, which improves the smoothness and texture of the skin’s surface.
CPT stands for Comfort Pulse Technology™. This feature is designed for user and patient comfort allowing the best results and a positive treatment experience.
Unlike Laser procedures, Thermage® can deliver results in a single treatment for most patients.
Thermage® treatments average 60 minutes on the face and up to 90 minutes for other body areas depending on the size, location, and condition of the area to be treated.
Unlike Laser procedures, Thermage® can deliver results in a single treatment for most patients.
There is no pre-procedure prep required and there is no special care required after treatment, aside from basic maintenance and regular use of sunblock. There is little to no downtime and most patients return to their regular activities immediately following treatment.
Thermage can effectively treat fine lines and wrinkles on most body parts, including the face, neck, eyes, tummy, arms, hands, thighs and buttocks. It can also smooth uneven skin on the body.
Visible results may be immediate, and they will gradually appear over time, the body’s natural collagen rebuilding process begins and continues to work up to 6 months after the treatment. Be sure to come back for follow up photos to track progress. The results can last years depending on your skin condition and aging process.
Each pulse feels cool at first and is followed by a deep but brief heating sensation. The heating sensation is a sign that the deep layers of your skin are reaching effective temperatures for collagen remodelling. You may also feel a gentle vibration with each pulse for added comfort.
Fraxel® laser treatment targets ageing and sun damaged-skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into your skin to expedite your body’s remodelling of collagen. And since the laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, it leaves the surrounding tissue intact, which promotes very rapid healing. Fraxel® DUAL 1550/1927 treatment resurfaces your skin by stimulating the growth of new, healthy skin cells from the inside out.
It depends on your particular condition and how you care for your skin. Once your skin is treated, continue to protect as recommended by your provider.
Wear a good sunblock of SPF 30 or higher, avoid direct sun exposure for at least 3 months after your last treatment.
Swelling and redness are the most common side effects from a Fraxel® treatment. Typically, any swelling is minimal and subsides within a day or two, and any redness fades within a few days. Other temporary side effects may include minor itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking, and a bronzed skin appearance. There is a limited risk of infection, hyperpigmentation, or scarring. The intensity and duration of side effects depend on the aggressiveness of a treatment and on your particular healing characteristics. Our staff will provide specific instructions about what to expect and how to minimize any side effects.
During the first 24 hours after your treatment, your skin may feel as though it is sunburned, and will appear pink or red. You can wear a mineral make-up applied with clean brushes or sponges to reduce the redness. Your skin will naturally bronze over the next week or two, and as you continue treatment, the sunburned-to-bronzed appearance will repeat. As with a sunburn, your skin will flake and exfoliate normally. Use a moisturizer to reduce the appearance of dry flakes.
Most patients describe the sensation of heat during the treatment. To minimize discomfort, topical anesthesia is applied before the procedure and cold air and cold gel packs are used on the treatment area during the procedure. After the treatment, most patients feel like they have a sunburn, which usually diminishes in 1 to 3 hours.
Clinical studies suggest that on average, an effective treatment regime is 3 to 5 sessions about 4 to 6 weeks apart. Results are immediate and progressive, with optimal improvement usually visible in 2 to 3 months. This time frame and treatment structure allow for complete healing and the production of new collagen and elastin to replace damaged tissue.
  • Wrinkles around the eyes
  • Acne Scars
  • Surgical Scars
  • Age Spots/Sun Spots
  • Melasma
  • Actinic Keratoses
  • Skin Resurfacing