Visible veins either in the face, legs or elsewhere are a very common problem. These can either be smaller red spider veins or larger blue veins usually on the legs. Lecale Clinic offers two types of treatment for management of veins - ThermaVein or Microsclerotherapy.
Thermavein is the gold standard for treating red veins, specifically thread or spider veins. It offers an instant, safe and permanent treatment for red veins, anywhere on the body including the face. It can also be used to treat vascular blemishes, red dots or blood spots (Cherry angiomas). When used in combination with Sclerotherapy, it is perfect for treating legs, where there may be larger veins.
Thermavein uses a process called thermocoagulation, whereby a small burst of energy is delivered through an insulated needle, directly into the vein. The heat from this energy causes the lining of the vein to stick together therefore collapsing the vein which is then absorbed by the body.
Is Thermavein Safe?
Yes Thermavein treats only the vein and not the surrounding areas therefore there is minimal risk of injury to surrounding tissue.
Is Thermavein Painful?
There is a slight stinging sensation, almost like a hair being plucked.
What is the downtime?
There will be initial redness in the treated area which will fade quickly on the day. In the days that follow there may be some tiny crusts and redness with will resolve over the coming weeks. Aloe Vera Gel may be beneficial. We always recommend avoiding direct sunlight and using a broad spectrum SPF.
How many treatments are needed?
For many people one treatment is sufficient. In some severe cases further sessions may be needed. This can be assessed at a follow up appointment around 4 weeks after initial treatment. When veins are treated they are permanently destroyed however new veins can develop in the future, which can receive further treatment if needed.
Thermavein can also be used to treat other skin problems such as skin tags, milia and warts.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive medical treatment used to treat spider or varicose veins. A medication is injected into the problematic vein which causes the vein to scar and collapse. Blood is then redirected through other healthier veins and the treated vein will eventually be reabsorbed into the local tissue and disappear.
How long will the treatment take to work?
The treatment starts working immediately. The time taken for the vein to be reabsorbed by your body will depend on the size of the vein being treated. It can take 3-6 weeks for smaller spider veins and up to 12 weeks or sometimes more for larger varicose veins.
Is the treatment permanent?
The treatment is permanent in that the treated vein will not come back however this does not stop new varicosities or visible veins developing in the future.