Short wave diathermy is a safe, comfortable and effective heat treatment that closes the broken blood capillaries that cause thread veins and blemishes. The procedure can be used to treat: Facial thread veins – the permanently dilated capillaries commonly seen on a maturing ‘English rose’ complexion; caused by anything from smoking to pregnancy or harsh [...]
Before your treatment begins, we will apply a local anaesthetic cream to numb your skin. Then we use a single-use fine, hair-like needle to conduct a small electrical current to specific thread veins or blemishes. The current heats up the blood in the targeted veins, sealing them shut and causing the vein to break down. [...]
While the veins will disappear immediately, they are still healing and the final results will only be seen after four to six weeks. At this point, we will review the results to determine whether you would benefit from a second treatment.
Once we have destroyed a thread vein or blemish, it won’t come back. However, you may find that new thread veins develop in the future, which is why it’s important to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage. In most cases, there is a 95% success rate for thread vein and blemish removal [...]
After a short wave diathermy treatment, your skin may look pink or puffy in more sensitive areas, but this should self-correct with a few hours. Other side effects are uncommon, especially in the hands of an experienced practitioner.
The number of treatments you will need will depend on the problem and how your skin reacts. We will be able to give you a much better idea about the technique we plan to use and treatment intervals after your initial consultation.
After any treatment, we’ll give you detailed aftercare instructions that relate to your procedure, so you know what to do and what to expect. Generally speaking, you shouldn’t wash the treatment area with soap and water for 72 hours; it is best to use a gentle cleanser instead. Avoid sun exposure for two weeks, and [...]