Diathermic Electrolysis for Thread Veins


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Thread veins can be treated by applying an extremely small current beneath the skin at the affected area. The current is supplied by means of a fine needle, and effectively cauterises thread veins. The word ‘cauterise’ can conjure some unpleasant mental images, but not to worry, the procedure is quick, efficient, and occurs on a remarkably small scale. After cauterisation, the blood and offending vessels are reabsorbed by the body’s self-repair mechanism. A lotion is applied to both cool the skin and supplement your natural healing.

Small crusts may appear on the surface of your skin, but these are barely visible, and even then only under close inspection. Eventually they fall off to leave a patch of fresh pink skin which then returns to your normal colour.

How long does treatment last?

A facial treatment is quick, lasting about 20 minutes, and must be repeated two to four times to completely clear all signs of thread veins. Appointments are kept at least two to three weeks apart to allow your skin to heal and for the full effects of each treatment to take place. Legs take longer to treat and more sessions at longer intervals (usually 5-6 weeks) as the extent of the condition is often greater than on the face.

Care must be taken after an electrolytic treatment to prevent damage to your skin. The area must be protected from exposure to any chemical agents, including soap and shampoo, and must be treated with warm water alone for 24 hours following treatment.  Sterex lotion must be applied to your face for up to 3 days following treatment, and exposure to sunlight should be limited. 

Is electrolysis for me and my thread veins?

There have been reports of a stinging sensation associated with skin redness following treatment, but this typically clears up quickly. Approximately 4-5% of patients get mild brown marks which fade over a period of weeks or months, these can however be darker marks that last longer. 1% of recipients of this method of treatment have reported a ‘chemical ulcer’, a tender break down of the skin which heals after a few weeks leaving a small car that can potentially be permanent.

These considerations aside, electrolysis offers a safe, quick, and affordable option for thread vein removal.


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