What is Thermavein?
Thermavein is a machine which uses microwaves delivered through a needle the width of a hair. Although originally designed for the treatment of facial thread veins, Thermavein has several other uses.
What conditions can Thermavein be used to treat?
Thermavein can be used to treat:
- Facial thread veins
- Melia (small white dots usually on the face)
- Skin tags
- Campbell-de-Morgan spots (red dots or bumps anywhere on the body)
- Ankle thread veins (in combination with microsclerotherapy)
What causes facial thread veins?
The most common causes of facial thread veins (telangiectasia) are:
- Sun exposure
- Fragile skin
- Pregnancy & birth
- Excess Alcohol
- Scar tissue (e.g. after face lift)
- Long-term use of oral contraceptive
- Long-term use of topical retinoid treatments
- Diseases such as Lupus Erythematosus, Scleroderma, Hepatitus & Reynauds
What is special about Thermavein?
Thermavein delivers a very small microwave current for under 0.2s at a time, which travels a maximum of 1.5mm into the treatment area. When compared with laser or IPL thread vein treatments it is extremely safe and precise, minimising trauma to surrounding tissue. It truly is a gold standard treatment for facial threadveins. Thermavein is also the only treatment available for threadveins on the septum of the nose or on the eyelid!
What does a Thermavein treatment involved?
We will start by taking a thorough medical history from you, and having a look at your skin. We will also take some photographs to document your starting point. We will clean your skin thoroughly before putting on a special headset that allows us to see the veins in your skin more clearly. Treatment itself will last no more than 15 minutes regardless of the number of veins you have. We will not treat for longer than this as we do not want to traumatise the skin. After the treatment we will apply Lycogel to your skin – this is a non-occlusive foundation which takes the redness away from your skin.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for a Thermavein treatment?
Ideally come to your appointment without make-up on, but otherwise there are no specific preparation instructions.
Does a Thermavein treatment hurt?
Most people don’t find Thermavein painful but describe it as a tingling sensation. It can feel slightly more tender after the treatment has finished. There are a few reasons why a treatment may feel a little more sore:
- Oily skin types or areas of the face that are more oily (around the nose) can feel more tender
- Skin tag treatments involve more intense treatment to a small area and as such can feel more tender
If you are worried you may find it painful then you can take some Paracetamol before your treatment.
Is there anything I should avoid doing after Thermavein treatment?
- We advise you to leave the Lycogel in place until the morning after treatment. After this you can gently cleanse the treated area.
- Avoid intense exercise, saunas, steam rooms and sun exposure for 48 hours after treatment.
Who should avoid Thermavein treatments?
Although Thermavein is a very safe treatment, there are some people who should avoid it:
- Pregnant women
- Epileptic patients
- People who have applied fake tan (a genuine suntan is not a problem)
Will one Thermavein be enough for me?
The number of treatments depends on the size of the area to be treated. As explained above the maximum time we can treat in one sitting is 15 minutes. If you have a very large number of thread veins you will probably require a second and maybe a third treatment session.
Are the results of Thermavein instant?
Yes, you will notice the difference from your Thermavein immediately. For many people it’s an instant ‘wow’ reaction when they look in the mirror. You will look a little flushed after your treatment, and some people do develop a little line where the vein has been – this is just where the blood in the vessel has clotted and will disappear as it is broken down.
You will have a follow-up appointment usually around 4 weeks after your initial treatment to assess the results and the need for further treatment.
Are there any side-effects of Thermavein treatment?
Unlike laser or IPL treatments, Thermavein doesn’t cause scarring or bruising – it is a very safe treatment.
Surgical skin tag removal can often leave a small mark, whereas removal with Thermavein does not leave any visible mark on the skin.
Are the results of my Thermavein treatment permanent?
Once treated, that particular thread vein or skin tag will be permanently gone. However if you have developed these conditions in the past then you may well go on to develop more in the future and these new ones would require further treatment.
|Risk of Scarring||None||High||Low||Medium||High|
|Typical Results||Instant||6-8 weeks||Upto 6 months||Unsatisfactory||Unsatisfactory|
|Risk of Burns||None||High||High||None||High|
|Estimated Pain Level||Minimal||Potentially High||High||High||High|
|Likelihood of Recurrence||None||Unlikely||Highly likely||Highly likely||Highly likely|
|Average Treatments Required||1||3+||5+||1||2+|