Spider vein treatments on the face and legs with the new Thermavein.
What is it?
ThermaVein® is a device that uses a process known as Thermocoagulation, which seals the thread vein walls, causing them to instantly and permanently disappear. This is how spider vein treatments on the face and legs work.
How does it work?
The treatment involves pushing the blood from the spider vein and sealing the edges together with heat. The lack of blood in the spider vein makes it invisible on the skin immediately after treatment, but it will become redder in a few hours then fade away in the next 3-4 weeks. Leg veins can become darker than face veins and take longer to fade away.
What can it treat?
Facial thread or spider veins, milia (small white dots), skin tags, Campbell-de-Morgan spots (red dots or bumps) and ankle thread veins. Spider veins on the legs can also be treated if they are thin and small.
How many treatments must I have?
Usually, facial spider vein treatments only require a second treatment if there are many spider veins on the face. If the cause of the spider veins is trauma, such as blowing your nose due to hayfever, then the spider veins may recur in a year or two and require further treatment. Leg spider veins often require 1-2 treatments and need maintenance once every few years to treat new veins that have sprung up. Spider vein treatments on the face and leg are therefore cost effective.
What are the side effects or complications?
Bruising, pigmentation and scarring is very, very rare. You may feel a slight prickly sensation when having treatment. The leg spider veins become very red after treatment, this shows the treatment is working, but this may be unsightly and require covering up. Spider vein treatments on the face and legs therefore are relatively safe.
Will I need compression stocking?
No compression stockings are required for treating the spider veins on the legs with thermavein.
Will it hurt?
The treatment does not use numbing cream, as this can cause the vessel to constrict and become smaller, making treatment difficult. Therefore, the veins are treated without anaesthesia and is relatively painless, with only a slight scratchy/pin prickly sensation for a second or two.
Who can’t be treated?
Those with severe nickel allergies, pregnant and breastfeeding patients, active rosacea sufferers, patients with epilepsy and pacemakers should not be treated with Thermavein.
Large varicose veins cannot be treated as these will required injectable sclerotherapy.
How much does it cost?
Small areas of spider veins on the face such as the nose are £70/15mins. Both cheeks are £100. Larger areas of spider veins such as the legs are £300/30 mins.
Dr Kim Booysen is a qualified doctor who has been working full time in aesthetics for the last 7 years. She has clinics in Bromley at 13 Ethelbert Road, Bromley, BR1 1JA and at 95 High Street, Beckenham, Br3 1AG.
She offers a range of treatments including wrinkle treatment, dermal fillers, chemical peels, fat dissolving and skin tightening. Dr Kim is one of only a few doctors who uses ultrasound for all her injectable treatments.
To see Dr Kim, you will need to have a once off consultation to discuss your medical history, look at your aesthetic needs and plan your aesthetic treatments. Treatments are for patients over the age of 18 only. Book in by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.