Treatment for thread veins

Microsclerotherapy treatment & shortwave diathermy treatment for thread veins.

Almost half of all adults suffer from telangiectasia, also known as thread veins or ‘spider veins’. They are caused by blood vessels that appear red, purple or blue and are clearly visible through your skin. Many of our patients come to us because their self-confidence has been affected by the appearance of thread veins. 

If you feel self-conscious wearing shorts or skirts, or are reluctant to leave the house without wearing stockings or trousers to cover these veins, we can use microsclerotherapy or shortwave diathermy to effectively treat this concern and restore your skin to its natural beauty.

How does microsclerotherapy treatment work?

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution, or ‘sclerosant’, into the problem blood vessel with an exceptionally fine needle. The solution irritates the vein wall and, with the help of compression, the vein walls “stick” together. Alongside using compression stockings or bandages, this treatment closes the vein and prompts a healing process that absorbs it into the body, which causes the thread vein to fade away.

Appearance Based Medicine - What causes thread veins
Appearance Based Medicine - Thread Veins

Microsclerotherapy is a popular and effective treatment for spider veins. Save Face (an organisation that helps members of the public to locate safe, fully trained, licensed and insured practitioners for non-surgical procedures) believes you can expect a 40-80% improvement in the appearance of spider veins following a microsclerotherapy treatment, though in many cases multiple treatments may be required.

How does Epil 100 shortwave diathermy treatment work?

For visible thread veins on your face, shortwave diathermy is an advanced technology that can reduce the appearance of visible capillaries on the face, neck and chest in a quick, simple ‘lunch-break procedure’. 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. 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 four to six weeks post-treatment. Multiple treatments may be required depending on the condition of your skin and the size of the area being treated. We’ll talk you through the process at your tele-consultation, as well as assessing your overall suitability for this treatment.

Appearance Based Medicine - shortwave diathermy treatment
Appearance Based Medicine - Microsclerotherapy treatment

Immediately following a shortwave diathermy treatment, your skin might be slightly puffy or pink. We’ll apply sterile camouflage makeup to cover the area, to reduce any mild redness you experience post-treatment and allow you to carry on with your daily routine as normal, with no downtime. You can leave this makeup on and cleanse it off the following morning. If you suffer from heart, vascular or blood clotting disorders or are pregnant, this treatment may not be a suitable option for you so we’ll recommend an alternative non-surgical treatment if it’s appropriate.

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 a non-surgical aesthetic procedure (including microsclerotherapy and shortwave diathermy) following your tele-consultation. This appointment will give her the information she needs to accurately assess whether a treatment is appropriate, given your unique medical history, skin condition and expectations

During your consultation, you’ll be given comprehensive information about the procedure and any pre- and post-treatment advice. You’ll also be given plenty of time to decide whether or not you would like to proceed with the recommended procedure.

Appearance Based Medicine - Treatment for thread veins
Appearance Based Medicine - Spider veins

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. These risks include short-term redness and a prickling or itching sensation across the treated area, and longer-lasting side-effects including bruising, brown pigmentation of the treatment area and ‘telangiectatic matting’. The latter happens 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.

 If you’d like to speak to us about your appearance-based concerns and how we can help, please contact us.