Spider and Thread Vein
Blemish description and treatment
Spider and Thread Veins (solar lentigo or liver spots) are tiny prominent veins just below the skin surface. They can occur anywhere on the body but most often on the legs and face. The cause of these veins is not known. Thread or spider veins may appear in certain conditions with increased levels of oestrogen hormones, such as in pregnancy or when taking the oral contraceptive pill. They may occasionally be linked to liver or thyroid disease
The equipment required for removal of these veins is a short wave diathermy unit. The unit uses an alternating, high frequency current to treat the veins by thermolysis.
The veins are collapsed by probing gently into them with a sterile, disposable needle. Heather will start at a low level of current whilst gauging the effect on your vein and on surrounding skin. It may be necessary to slowly raise the level to achieve optimum results. At this point the vessel may have disappeared or may have blanched.
Once treated the body’s natural waste process gradually breaks down the collapsed vessel to finally leaving the skin clear and smooth.
Occasionally they leave behind a small area of slight discolouration. With due care by the client, this should fade with time but there is no guarantee. Treated veins will not return however in some cases new ones may form in the area depending on the underlying cause.
General after care advice
Treat this ‘wound’ as you would a minor burn. Keep the area clean and dry for at least 24hrs after treatment. Do not cover the area with makeup. Provided you have no allergy to it, applying a lotion such as aloe vera is recommended. Continue to keep the area clean at all times to prevent infection.
Wound healing can take up to 4 weeks. Avoid exposure to sunlight, chlorinated water and perfumed products. Avoid hot baths and showers. No further beauty treatments can be carried out on the area of the wound during this healing time. Should scabs form they must be allowed to fall off naturally.
General conditions that may prevent treatment:
Minors cannot receive treatment.
Hepatitis, HIV, haemophilia, varicose veins, acne/Rosacea, metal plates and pins and poor healing skin in the treatment area (cannot be treated), heart disorders (I will need to check with insurance company). Other health limitations may apply and must be divulged at your consultation for consideration.
Pacemakers, infectious skin conditions, clients on warfarin, type 1 diabetes, asthma and epilepsy will all require proof of Doctor’s authorisation to treat via short wave diathermy.