October 12, 2021
If you’re in need of a treatment for thread veins, Veinwave (or ‘Thermavein’) is a highly effective and minimally-invasive option. This state-of-the-art procedure uses a precisely-targeted source of heat to gently seal and collapse the vein wall. This technique actually provides better outcomes than laser treatments (particularly with smaller facial veins) which risk discolouring or damaging your skin. But before we go into further detail, let’s look at the basics.
What exactly are thread veins?
Also known as spider veins, these are thin yet prominent veins that become visible just below the skin’s surface. They occur when blood vessels in the skin become permanently dilated, which can be the result of an injury, prolonged sun exposure or even hormonal changes. Although vein disease is often thought of as an issue affecting the legs and feet, these commonly appear on the face, hands, arms, and even the groin or genital areas.
Although thread veins are generally harmless, it’s important to be aware that they can be a sign of underlying vein problems. When this is the case, individuals may also experience swelling, throbbing, itching or generalised discomfort around the affected area.
How does Veinwave treatment work?
Even if you’re someone who cringes at the mere thought of needles, there is nothing to worry about with Veinwave treatment.
This virtually painless technique uses ‘thermal coagulation’ to heat and quickly close damaged veins, which are then reabsorbed into the body. An insulated stylus about the size of a pen directs electromagnetic, microwave energy towards the vein in order to remove it. No anaesthetic is required for this, as the discomfort experienced during the procedure is so slight that some patients have compared the sensation to having a hair pulled out.
Compared to laser treatments for thread veins, Veinwave is not only better tolerated, but is also safe for all skin types, as there are no associated side effects. Of course, everyone has a slightly different pain threshold and treatment response, but any post-procedure discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief.
Veinwave works well on difficult-to-treat areas such as the knees, ankles and face. In order to be fully effective, it may need to be administered over a number of appointments. The good news is that no downtime is required; patients are fully able to walk or drive themselves home after their session, and can resume normal activities immediately.
What should I expect during my appointment?
Consultations and treatments alike tend to last for up to 30 minutes each. Upon your first visit, a specialist doctor will assess your situation and ensure that you fully understand your treatment options.
The total number of sessions depends on the area in which thread veins are located. But as a guide, removing facial thread veins generally requires between 1 and 3 appointments, with a recommended 6-8 week gap between treatments.
If you’re interested in getting your thread veins treated with Veinwave, or would like to learn more, book a phone consultation with one of our specialists at UK Vein Clinic today.
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