Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are small, thin, blood vessels visible beneath the skin. They appear most commonly on the face and legs and may look like a series of lines, tree branches, or a spider- or web-like shape with a dark centre.
Spider veins are caused by a variety of factors, including heredity, pregnancy (and other conditions that involve changes in hormone levels), weight gain, long periods of standing, and certain medications. They often appear red or blue, and because they form on the face, thighs, calves and ankles, many patients are bothered by the way they look.
HOW DOES THE TREATMENT WORK?
The treatment is an incredibly simple and accurate process. ThermaVein delivers a tiny microwave current for under 0.2 second at a time, this current travels a maximum of 1.5mm into the treatment area. By comparison this is a similar size to the head of a pin or a grain of sand. The technique causes the vein to close and then the current causes it to instantly disappear.
HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?
A typical treatment should take no more than 15 minutes, immediately after this time the patient will see a significant improvement in their condition if not a total eradication.
ARE THERE ANY KNOW SIDE EFFECTS?
Unlike with other treatments, such as Laser or IPL, there are no known side effects. The patient suffers no bruising, scarring or similar and there is no downtime – many people go back to work or shopping immediately after treatment. In addition there is no requirement to avoid sunlight, as with other treatments, although we do recommend sun protector as general skin care advice. Other treatments require patients to avoid the sun as the treatment burn and thin the skin making it very vulnerable to the sun. Our treatment doesn’t burn and is very accurate, most clients feel a little pinching sensation which we are informed is easily bared.