Thread veins are probably something you had never thought about – not until you noticed them appear on your body. The marks, commonly referred to as spider veins, are actually dilated capillaries, visible through the skin. The small red or purple lines affect people of all ages and usually appear on the legs, cheeks and nose.
Thankfully, diathermy is a treatment that can reduce and, in some cases, completely remove thread veins in a matter of seconds. A fine needle is passed over the affected area, transmitting a high-frequency electrical current which seals the blood vessel, blocking blood flow.
Patients describe diathermy as mildly uncomfortable.
After the diathermy procedure, the skin of the area treated may look pink or puffy. This is only temporary, and will subside after a few hours. After two or three days, tiny scabs may appear, but they soon fall off revealing vein-free skin.
No downtime is associated with diathermy vein removal meaning you can get straight back to your day. Your physician will advise you not to wash the treated area with soap for 72 hours. You will be provided with a more detailed aftercare plan following your treatment.
The number of treatments required to obtain optimal results will depend on the severity of your thread veins and how your skin reacts. One treatment is sufficient in most cases. You will have a clearer idea of the number of treatments you will need after your initial consultation.
Results can be seen immediately after the procedure with red veins instantly appearing reduced. The full effect can be seen after 4-6 weeks after the healing process is complete.