SHORT WAVE DIATHERMY
- Short Wave Diathermy is a safe, comfortable and effective procedure that removes facial thread veins and unsightly blemishes.
- Diathermy is a heat treatment that closes the broken blood capillaries which cause thread veins and blemishes.
Short wave diathermy can be used to treat the following:
Facial thread veins – the permanently dilated capillaries, caused by anything from smoking to pregnancy or harsh weather exposure.
Blood spots – slightly raised, bright red blemishes just under the skin’s surface; usually on the torso.
Skin tags – these often appear on the face and neck and vary in size from smaller than a grain of rice to a pea or larger.
Milia – the tiny, hard white lumps just under the skin, often around the eyes.
Warts – there are various types, all of which can be easily and successfully treated.
Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra – a common adolescent disorder on dark skin; identified by smooth, dome-shaped papules on the cheeks, neck and upper chest.
Some may only need a one off treatment others may need as many as 3 sessions.
- First, local anaesthetic is applied to numb the skin. Then we use a fine, hair-like needle to conduct a small electric current which heats up the blood in the veins and seals it shut. After treatment the skin will be pink from the heat and may also be a little puffy in areas, although this will settle in a few hours. On day two or three, tiny scabs may form but over the next few days everything should have settled down.
- While the veins disappear immediately, they are still healing and the final results will only be seen after 4-6 weeks. The process can be repeated at this point if necessary. It’s a good idea to wear sunscreen in the summer months.
- However, with thread vein treatment we are only treating the visible effects rather than the cause of the problem so thread veins may reappear over time due to life style or hereditary reasons.
- Areas of poor or deficient thermal skin sensation
- Metal in the tissues
- Circulatory compromise or deficit including ischaemic tissue, thrombosis and associated conditions
- Advanced cardiovascular conditions
- Recent or current haemorrhage
- Active tuberculosis
- Deep X Ray therapy or other ionizing radiations (in the last 6 months) in the region to be treated
- Do not rub the treated area(s) hard for 24 hours post-treatment.
- Normal skincare routines can be performed without excess pressure.
- Avoid sunbeds and direct exposure to sunlight for 48 hours.
- No heat treatments,i.e. hot baths, saunas etc for 48 hrs.