Sclerotherapy & Shortwave Diathermy – for the treatment of unsightly veins
Sclerotherapy and Microsclerotherapy
Up to half of all adults suffer from Telangiectasia, or ‘spider veins’ – blood vessels that appear red, purple or blue and are clearly visible through the skin. If you suffer from spider veins, and they are affecting your self-confidence, worry not – they can be treated effectively in a number of cases through Microsclerotherapy or Shortwave Diathermy – both treatments offered by Appearance Based Medicine. (See below on for more information about Shortwave Diathermy.)
Why should I have this treatment?
If you feel self-conscious wearing shorts or skirts, or are reluctant to leave the house – even in the heat of the summer – without wearing stockings or trousers to cover your spider veins, then Microsclerotherapy could be an appropriate treatment for you to consider.
How do I know if this treatment is safe and right for me?
At Appearance Based Medicine Ltd., Clare McLoughlin RGN INP will only carry out any non-surgical aesthetic procedure (including Microsclerotherapy) following a detailed one-to-one consultation with a patient, enabling her to accurately assess whether a treatment is appropriate given a patient’s unique medical history, skin condition and expectations.
During your consultation, you will be given comprehensive information about the procedure and any pre- and post-treatment advice. You will also be given the time to decide whether or not, given the information you have received, you would like to proceed with any recommended procedure.
During your consultation, Clare McLoughlin RGN INP will also be able to advise you of the small, potential risks associated with this kind of treatment, risks such as short-term redness and a prickling/itching sensation across the treated area, and longer lasting side-effects including bruising, brown pigmentation of the treatment area, and ‘Telangiectic matting’ (when blood vessels are damaged in the Sclerotherapy process, leaving a ‘matted’ area of tiny visible blood vessels that resemble a bruise). As with many Cosmetic Treatments involving the injection of a solution into your body, there is also the slight chance that a patient could experience an allergic reaction to the sclerosant used.
How does this treatment work?
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution, or ‘sclerosant’, into the problem blood vessel with an exceptionally fine needle. The solution makes the lining of the vein become sticky, which allows blood cells to adhere to the vein wall. This, in addition to the use of compression stockings or bandages, works to close the vein and prompt a healing process which leads to the vein being absorbed by the body and fading away.
Microsclerotherapy is a popular and effective treatment for Spider Veins, and many patients who chose to undergo this treatment find some success with it: Save Face, an organisation that helps members of the public to locate safe, fully trained, licensed and insured practitioners for non-surgical procedures state that it is reasonable to expect a 40-80% improvement in the appearance of spider veins following a Microsclerotherapy treatment, though in many cases, multiple treatments are required.
Epil 100 Shortwave Diathermy
Do you have visible thread veins on your face that you’d like to get rid of?
Why not speak to us about Shortwave Diathermy – it’s a quick and simple ‘lunch-break procedure’ that harnesses advanced technology to reduce the appearance of visible capillaries on the face, neck and chest. This innovative and effective treatment delivers a high frequency electrical current via shortwave to generate heat in the targeted thread vein. This causes the blood vessel to seal itself, then gradually fade and be absorbed by the body, just like a bruise.
Shortwave Diathermy is a low risk, non-invasive treatment, as a very fine needle is used to prick the skin over the thread veins and spider veins. Some results will be visible immediately, but the final results will be seen 4-6 weeks’ post-treatment, and multiple treatments maybe required depending on the condition of your skin and size of the area being treated. We will discuss this with you at your initial pre-treatment consultation, as well as assessing your overall suitability for this treatment.
Please note that immediately following a Shortwave Diathermy treatment, the skin may be slightly puffy/pink, so Lycogel camouflage make-up will be applied to cover the area, which may be left on and cleansed off the following morning. This is to reduce the appearance of any mild redness experienced post-treatment, and allow you to carry on with your daily routine as normal, without the need for any downtime.
(If you suffer from heart, vascular or blood clotting disorders or are pregnant, this treatment may not be a suitable option for you, and an alternative non-surgical treatment may be recommended.)