Vain about veins: Heat and destroy


Say “Goodbye” to unsightly veins!

Nd Yag is the laser treatment we offer at Face Plus Medispa to treat the following veins:

Reticular veins

Cherry or spider angina veins

Telangiectasia: Also known as, spider veins are a condition which widens tiny blood vessels causing thread like red lines or patterns in the skin. Spider veins form on the face and body and are not life-threatening, but it may be sign of a serious illness.

The exact cause of telangiectasia is not known. Researchers believe there could be several causes that contribute including, genetic, environmental or a combination of both.

Studies have shown the Nd Yag laser constitutes a fast, safe and efficient therapeutic modality for the treatment of Telangiectasia.

Reticular veins: Also known as blue veins or feeder veins, are smaller than a varicose vein but can have a ropy appearance. The most common cause of reticular veins weak or damaged small valves in the vein. Blood backs up in the veins, causing tiny veins on the skins surface to dilate and become visible.

Contributing factors include genetics, age, weight, hormonal changes, pregnancy, long periods of standing or sitting and climate. Australians experience greater sun exposure and are more prone to reticular veins.

These veins do not bulge and mainly appear on the back of the leg and most commonly around the knee. Reticular veins can only be treated with Nd Yag if they are attached to the Telangiectasia vein (spider). To be able to treat the reticular vein it must be no larger than 3.5mm in size.

Cherry angiomas veins: are “cherry red” small domes, made up of a cluster of capillaries that most often grow on the torso, arms, legs and shoulders.

They are most commonly found on people aged 30 and older, with one studying noting that 75% of people over the age of 75 years of age have them.
The exact cause is unknown but they have been linked to pregnancy, exposure to chemicals, medical conditions and climate.

Other than for cosmetic reasons they are often removed on areas that are easily bumped, as bleeding can occur is the angioma is scratched, rubbed or cut open.

Immediately following an Nd Yag your Laser Specialist will be looking for one of three indicators of a successful treatment:
1. The vein will dissipate
2. The vein will darken, this darkening can take up to 2 weeks to fade
3. The vein will go blue or grey
Nd Yag is a proven and safe laser to treat these types of unsightly veins.

A minimum of three treatments are required to see a permanent result.

If these types of veins are left untreated they may grow in size.

For a consultation with one of our experienced dermal therapists: 
Call: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]


Soothe the inflammation: Non-irritant products

The cause of unwanted visible veins is not entirely certain.

There have been a number of studies and the cause can come down to a lot of factors including; Family history, hormones, pregnancy, injury, sun exposure and inflammation.

There are treatments and surgical options available, you can read about the treatment we offer via our “Vain about veins” blog.
If you are someone who is prone to redness and especially thread veins on the surface of the face you need to incorporate products that will get rid of the inflammation present.

There are two key products that we would recommend:
1. Rinazell Lacteal Active Substance Cream, Dr Spiller, $142

The Rinazell is a famously, rich repair cream that is usually recommended for use following IPL, chemical peels, microdermabrasion treatments to visibly enhance the skin’s restorative process.

Working with the skin’s own natural barrier function for moisture this will provide that much needed moisture and protection.

The Rinazell replicates the skin’s natural building blocks to enhance the function, resiliency and repair.
The Rinazell cream also contains a cocktail of antioxidants and vitamins to help reverse, prevent and repair free radical activity and UV damage.

Using the Rinazell Lacteal Active Substance Gel in conjunction with the cream can quickly treat and soothe inflamed skin.
Rinazell Lacteal Active Substance Gel, Dr Spiller, $142

The Rinazell gel increases the skins absorption capacity with natural active substance extracted from milk peptides. Soothing and renewing, ideal for irritated and sensitised skin.

More information on the Rinazell cream can be found via our blog here

  1. Soothing Serum, HydroPeptide, $199
    The Soothing serum is a non-irritant product designed to calm and reduce the appearance of redness.
    Used morning and night the serum will help:
    – Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
    – Reduce visible redness
    – Restore balance and hydration
    – Detoxifies and builds skin defences


The Soothing Serum is suitable for all skin types, especially sensitised skin.
More information on the Soothing Serum can be found via our blog here

If you have visible veins you wish to treat, call for a thorough consultation with one of our dermal therapists
Call: 02 8897 0077
Email: [email protected]


We care about the flare: Make up for sensitised skin



Mineral make up should be your first choice with its many benefits for your skin.

Make up application does not have to be a scary “test and see how you go” experience if you suffer from sensitised and inflamed skin conditions including thread, spider or cherry veins.

Anyone with serious skin concerns we recommend the mineral make up range by Jane Iredale.

Anyone can be allergic or sensitive to a variety of ingredients found in makeup. Jane Iredale have removed the top three sensitisers from their makeup range; synthetic fragrance, petroleum and synthetic preservatives.

Jane Iredale tested each and every product for sensitivity on a 50-person test panel in a laboratory. Individuals with extreme chemical sensitivities wear able to wear the makeup successfully.

Often those with inflamed skin conditions find that powder makeup is drying BUT Jane Iredale’s minerals are actually the opposite! The minerals trap the moisture between the skin and the particle layer. Powders containing a high percentage of talc in the formula can have this effect.

Whilst the foundation forms a protective barrier on the skin whilst still allowing it to breathe and function normally.

The tests performed confirms that all of the products in this range are non-comedogenic and do not block your pores.

The minerals are concentrated pigment, camouflage can be fast and easy, especially when covering up any type of redness or erythema.

Jane Iredale make up will not only cover redness, but the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are known to help soothe the skin.

The minerals inside the products have been tested and show that there are no nano-sized minerals in any of the products.

Watch our in house makeup artist Rowena apply the Jane Iredale makeup range on a patient with acne prone skin here

More tips and makeup looks can be found in our blog here 

For a, thorough skin consultation or a colour matching session with an experienced team member:
Call: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]



Hose it down: Causes of inflammation

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Hose it down: Causes of inflammation

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Even though the cause of Telangiectasia, spider veins, reticular veins or cherry angina veins are not known, it is seen to be connected to inflammation in the body.
Here are a few ways to manage the development of some of the above-mentioned veins:
1. Exercise
Exercise is one of the best things you can do to improve your blood flow and lower inflammation.
When you are in one position for too long, it is more difficult for your veins to pump blood efficiently to your heart.
Low impact exercises are ideal such as walking, swimming and bicycling.
2. Maintain a healthy weight
Carrying excess body weight puts additional pressure on your veins and can contribute to inflammation. This is often why these veins appear during pregnancy.
If the patient is overweight, veins would be difficult to treat with Nd Yag.
3. Anti-inflammatory diet
Your diet can help reverse inflammation and improve the blood flow in your body and possibly heal the veins faster and prevent future ones from forming.
A bad diet including trans fats, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and processed foods all contribute to the damage of veins, low circulation, blood pressure problems, hormonal imbalances and weight gain.
Another food group that should be avoided are those high in sodium, they are dehydrating and contain toxins that can make the inflammation in these veins worse!
Anti-inflammatory foods include:
High fiber foods – Fiber will help improve your heart health and digestive functions.
High antioxidant foods – Green vegetables and citrus fruits contain vitamin C & E, help strengthen veins, fight inflammation and improve arterial health.
Apple cider vinegar – we love this stuff and it is great for consumption and ingestion! It will improve circulation in the vein walls and it is an effective anti-inflammatory. Read more via our blog dedicated to this liquid gold
4. Turn off the heat
Heat increases swelling, it expands or dilates the vessels.
If you wish to lessen and prevent, it is important to avoid or minimize your exposure to any of the following sources of heat:
– Hot shower or bath, they can add to your symptoms
– Don’t sit too close to a heat source or even a hot room
– Hot weather adds to the development of some of these veins
– Hot water bottles, wheat bags and heat packs negatively impact the veins in the area of application.
Heat of course is not the sole factor in the cause and preventions of these veins, however,  it is a significant contributor!
5. Stress less
Stress can impact your body in so many ways! Read our tips on minimising stress here
To make an appointment with our dermal therapists:
Call: 02 8897 0000
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