What to Wear after Sclerotherapy

Sheer Compression Pantyhose for SclerotherapyA friend of mine recently underwent sclerotherapy to remove some unsightly spider veins on her legs. When she scheduled the procedure, her doctor told her to purchase some compression hosiery to wear immediately after the procedure, but her doctor didn’t give her many details on what kind of support hosiery to buy. After doing a search on Google, she was immediately overwhelmed and confused by all the options. Luckily she has a friend in the compression business to help advise her! I thought I’d share my advice here in case anyone else is confused about what to wear after sclerotherapy.

During sclerotherapy treatment, your doctor will elevate your leg and inject the target veins with sclerosant. The procedure is fairly quick (anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes) and you can walk right out of the doctor’s office after it’s done.  While there is no real “recovery” period, patients do need to take certain precautions to ensure they get the best results from this procedure. Mainly – patients must wear compression hosiery over the site of the injection. Compression socks or stockings make sure that blood does not flow back into these treated veins after treatment. Some doctors may tell you that you only need to wear compression stockings for 24 – 48 hours after the procedure, but we think it’s better to be cautious. You’re most likely paying for this procedure out of pocket – so do everything that you can to make sure you get the results you’ve paid for! We recommend wearing compression for AT LEAST a week after your procedure during the hours you’re on your feet. Ideally – you should wear the hosiery for two weeks. You don’t need to wear the hosiery to bed.

So, what kind of compression hosiery should you wear after sclerotherapy? Most doctors will recommend at least 20-30 mmHg of compression in thigh highs or pantyhose. Since you’ll be wearing these for a few weeks, you should purchase something that will be comfortable and attractive – something you won’t mind wearing for a few weeks. If you’re imagining the thick, unsightly compression hose that your grandmother wears – don’t fret! Compression stockings come in all sheerness levels and colors nowadays.  Most people won’t be able to tell the difference between your compression stockings and regular pantyhose.

So, before your procedure, take the time to measure your legs, read reviews of different brands and styles, and buy the hosiery you know you’ll be able to wear for the weeks following your procedure.  We have a large selection of pantyhose and thigh highs – and our customers are very honest in their reviews of the products, so it’s a great place to start!

By Brita @ BrightLife Direct
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Jobst for Men Ambition – First Look

Jobst for Men AmbitionYesterday I wore the new Jobst Ambition dress sock, in a 20-30mmHg compression.  This sock has been completely redesigned, and if successful, will probably replace the current Jobst for Men line which hasn’t had an update in over 15 years.  Ambition is available in three compression levels: 15-20, 20-30, and 30-40mmHg, and five colors: black, dark gray, brown, navy and khaki.  A color for every pant.

Ambition is made with cotton and carbon infused polyester.  The cotton gives the fabric a very soft comfortable feel.  The carbon naturally eliminates foot odor.  The sock also has a very high spandex content, which is good.  Spandex provides stretch, so the sock will easily move with your leg throughout the day.

Foot: The foot on Ambition is more fitted than For Men and Casual.  It was very comfortable.  There’s reduced pressure in the toe area, and a toe seam which I could feel, but it’s flat and wasn’t annoying as some can be.  The heel is a new design with seams on each side.  It’s designed to fit larger heels.  The heel fit was perfect.

Leg:  I wasn’t crazy about the leg portion.  There was too much fabric for the length of my leg and I had a hard time smoothing out the wrinkles.  The upside to this extra length is the sock didn’t tug down at all the entire day.  I’m 5’9”, and it seemed like Ambition is made for a longer leg.  The leg also felt tight.  Some people like that feel… they know the sock is working.  I prefer less obvious compression.  Every sock fits people differently, so don’t let this discourage you.  A work colleague wore the 15-20mmHg Ambition, and he said they were the most comfortable socks he had ever worn.

The top band is 2.25” wide, and didn’t move or slip.  They were new out of the box, but that hasn’t stopped other socks I’ve tested from being around my ankles by lunch.

Sizing:  Jobst, which uses the same size chart for all of their stockings 15-20mmHg and up, is using a completely new sizing system for this sock.  Small, medium, and large has been replaced by 1 through 6, and every size is available in a regular or tall length.  This will be great for really tall guys, who don’t have many options in ready-to-wear men’s support socks.

Conclusion:  Overall this was not my favorite sock.  The foot was really comfortable, and the fabric very soft, but the leg portion didn’t fit me as well as I would like.  I’m a little too short, and will stick with the Men’s Casual.

By: Pete@BrightLife Direct
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Halloween Inspiration

This Halloween – I’ve decided not to be uncomfortable and cold in my costume. I’m also not going to spend a ton of money on something I’ll never wear again. Enter my favorite compression socks and tights!

Whether you’re walking through the neighborhood with your kids or hopping from costume party to costume party this Halloween, you’re going to be on your feet all night! Don’t sacrifice comfort, warmth and great circulation for a costume. Check out our ideas for DIY Halloween costumes that integrate super comfortable, warm compression socks and stockings.

tinman

It’s the Tin Man (or woman!) – grab your Pewter Juzo stockings, an ax and make yourself a foil hat for this quick and easy costume.

 
eloise

1950’s children’s book character Eloise is as popular as ever. Pair your favorite button down shirt with a skirt, bow, suspenders and Allegro Hop Sox.

 

Bavarianman

If you’re going to be having a beer on Halloween, make it part of your costume! Throw your Jobst for Men knee highs on with a vest and shorts and you’re good to go.

 

cluelessandtherafirm

Cher and Dee had great taste in socks, and so do you. Put your Therafirm Trouser Socks on with some mary janes and you’ll be on your way to 90’s fashion fame.

 

duckjuzo

Juzo’s new Fall/Winter seasonal colors will amp up any outfit, especially a Halloween costume. Use your Maize thigh highs or stockings to become Donald Duck (above), or the customer favorite Juzo Pink leggings (below) to become the Energizer Bunny.

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Affordable Care Act to Cover Habilitative Services

For patients suffering from Lymphedema, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will provide some well needed relief in the form of habilitative services coverage. While the coverage is still not uniform across states and insurers, activists are applauding the ACA’s inclusion of habilitative services as essential. While not perfect, it is a step in the right direction.

Habilitative services are defined as health care services that help a person function for daily living. For lymphedema patients, this can mean meeting with a lymphedema specialist or therapist one-on-one. These services can be expensive, and in the past, many insurance plans have not covered them.

Under the Affordable Care Act, which is set to launch January 1st, 2014, habilitative services are considered one of the ten “essential health benefits” provisions. These provisions regulate health plans in individual and group markets of less than 100 employers.

The downside to all of this is that there is still room for interpretation in this provision. Some insurers will choose to cover certain therapies, while not covering others. So, you should definitely read the fine print before choosing your coverage or insurer.

For more information on the Affordable Care Act and habilitative services, please see the LymphActivist’s site.

New Preggers Maternity Pantyhose

Expecting moms – just say “No” to tired legs, swollen feet and cankles! Preggers compression tights are here to save the day – and your next few months as you wait for your bundle of joy to arrive.

Preggers Maternity Compression Pantyhose

Preggers by Therafirm is available in two levels of compression – 15-20 mmHg and 20-30 mmHg. They are also available in three different colors – Natural, Black and Sand (seen above). The Preggers line is a favorite among expecting moms – check their very active Facebook page, if you don’t believe me – and we’re thrilled to be offering them at BrightLife Direct.

Why are Preggers so amazing? These pantyhose are great looking, soft, comfortable and provide real health benefits. You may have noticed that your legs and feet are starting to swell by the end of the day – or that you are getting varicose veins. This is happening because your body is struggling to pump blood from your heart to your toes and back up again! Preggers compression tights have true medical gradient compression that starts at the ankles and decreases towards the top of the legs. This compression helps encourage healthy blood circulation, which will in turn reduce swelling, energize your legs, and prevent varicose veins from forming. Win/Win/Win situation.

Additional features of the Preggers stockings include a super stretchy belly panel that will grow as your belly grows. It can be pulled up over your belly or folded down below depending on your style preferences. Preggers tights are also seamless, so you won’t be left with any marks on your skin at the end of the day and they won’t be seen through your clothing.

Read more about the Preggers pantyhose features on our website and get shopping!

By Brita @ BrightLife Direct
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Miss America’s “Butt Glue”

Miss America 2014 - from CNNLast month, Miss Missouri Shelby Ringdahl told the world that in her 2 minutes of prep time before the swimsuit competition, “I had time for hairspray and butt glue. That was it.” It had me, and probably most people, wondering what exactly is “butt glue” and where can I get some for myself?

Turns out – we’re already selling “butt glue” at BrightLife Direct!

In the pageant world, “butt glue” is a term for body adhesive, which contestants use to keep their swimsuit bottoms in place (i.e. not bunched up) during judging. It Stays body adhesive is the number one choice for beauty pageant contestants, according to Mahalo, and you can buy it on our site.

So, why do we sell It Stays at BrightLife? Well, many customers have issues with knee highs or thigh high stockings slipping down during the day. It Stays keeps the tops of these stockings in place whether you’re sitting or on your feet all day.

A recent customer from Iowa said, “‘It Stays’ is the only way I can keep my compression stockings up. The greatest thing on the land next to ice cream.”

So – there you have it. You can be just like a Miss America contestant and get your butt glue at BrightLife Direct.

By Brita @ BrightLife Direct
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Meet the Staff: Christine

Happy Friday, compression sock fans! Many of you have probably spoken with this wonderful coworker of mine over the phone, but you probably don’t know she dreams of outer-space adventures and organizes our hopeful lottery pool. Check out the profile below of Christine, one of our fabulous customer service and product experts.

Christine's Profile

Check out Christine’s favorite product – the Allegro Swing Sock – on our website, and check back each week to learn more about our amazing staff.

 

By Brita @ BrightLife Direct
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Best Socks for Stinky, Sweaty Feet

Allegro Athletic Copper Support Socks 15-20mmHgHave an issue with stinky, sweaty feet? We’ve got the sock for you! The Allegro Athletic Copper Support Socks in 15-20 mmHg of compression will wick away sweat and kill bacteria.  How will this sock stop the smell and the stink you ask? We’ll answer a few frequently asked questions about socks, copper and stinky feet here:

Why do my feet smell bad? Feet smell particularly bad because the bacteria that lives on your feet feeds off your sweat and then excretes waste that stinks! It’s perfectly natural to have bacteria on your feet – don’t worry, most people do – but when you wear socks all day, sweat collects in your socks or shoes, and the bacteria have the perfect dark home to feed, breed and excrete all day. By the time you take your socks off at the end of the day, a ton of stinky excretion has built up and everyone in the room can smell it!

So, why buy a sock with copper in the fabric? Copper won’t stop your feet from sweating, but it will stop your feet from stinking! Copper is naturally anti-microbial and anti-fungal – it kills 99.9% of the bacteria in the socks and on your foot. With bacteria dead and gone, there will be no stench at the end of the day. You’ll also be protected from athlete’s foot and other harmful foot bacteria and fungus. In fact, copper socks are standard issue for the military.

What about the sweat? The Allegro Athletic Copper Support Socks are made of CoolMax Polyester which will wick away moisture and keep your feet dry.

Why wear compression socks? Compression socks have a ton of great medical benefits, including increasing circulation, preventing and controlling varicose veins, decreasing swelling and more. Check out our Learning Center to find out more.

By Brita @ BrightLife Direct
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