Short Wave Diathermy for Face Spider Veins

Short Wave Diathermy for Face Spider Veins


The medical term for spider veins on the nose
and cheeks is facial telangiectasia. These are small blood vessels in the skin typically
measuring less than 1 mm. They are very common and they are unsightly and disfiguring. They
can be congenital, that is you may have been born with them or they may have developed
over the course of many years. Sun exposure is the main aggravating factor for their appearance,
but other important causes are liver disease, rosacea, smoking, use of steroid creams and
alcohol. Many people who have an out-door occupation such as farmers, window cleaners,
gardeners or builders can get them because of sun exposure and ultraviolet damage to
the skin. However, those with out-door hobbies and those who take part in sport can also
be affected, for example people who enjoy sailing, walking or hiking or those who take
frequent holidays to the sun. Fortunately, they can be treated very simply using a medical
procedure called short wave diathermy. It is a little bit like electrolysis. The skin
is numbed with local anaesthetic cream and a sterile single use needle is used to apply
a precise medical electrical current to the blood vessel. The electrical current cauterises
the blood vessel and over the course of a few weeks it disperses. In general the results
are excellent. Unlike leg spider veins, there is no need for a duplex scan but after successful
treatment, it is important to address any pre-disposing factors to minimise the risk
of the spider veins reappearing. This usually means applying a good quality UV protecting
sun cream to reduce the damaging effects of ultraviolet light.

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