Facial Telangiectasia are the small red vessels which are commonly referred to as red veins, dilated capillaries or broken veins. They most commonly occur around the nose, cheeks and chin.
They are often heredity, but can also be caused by sun damage, exposure to hot, cold or windy environments, pregnancy and injury.
Treatment with short wave diathermy can result in either complete removal or a significant improvement in the appearance of veins. The treatment works by heating the blood vessel and coagulating the lining with a small electrical current. The vessel blanches immediately and local healing leads to parietal or complete obliteration.
Short wave diathermy can also treat spider naevi, Campbell de Morgan spots, milia and skin tags.
The initial consultation lasts about 30 minutes. If possible, arrange with the clinic to arrive 20 minutes ahead of your appointment. This will allow time for some local anaesthetic cream to freeze the area being treated. An assessment of your skin type and veins is undertaken and a treatment plan discussed that will meet your expectations. A small patch test is carried out on the first visit to determine your sensitivity to and the effectiveness of the treatment. Subsequent treatment sessions, if required take around 15 minutes. Any makeup needs to be removed before each treatment session, and should not be reapplied for the first 24 hours.
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