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Facial Veins Treatment

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Leaves minimal scarring
Clinically proven, non-invasive procedure
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What are Facial Thread Veins/Spider Veins?

Spider veins, red veins and broken veins. Whatever you may call them, these small veins that are seen on the face are actually slightly enlarged blood vessels and are medically referred to as Telangiectasia.

Spider veins on the face are incredibly common and most likely to appear around the nose, cheek and chin area. Affecting both men and women equally, there is no obvious cause but there are certain things that may well exacerbate them.

Medications such as hormone replacement therapy and the contraceptive pill could make you more prone to facial spider veins as could life changes such as pregnancy and the menopause. There is evidence to suggest that lifestyle choices such as alcohol, smoking and sunbathing may also be reasons why these pesky little veins develop. Do your parents have spider veins? As they are hereditary, there is a strong chance you will too.

Interestingly, they can also develop as part of the condition known as Rosacea where the skin will turn red for periods of time.

Will they go away if left untreated?

They can become more visible at certain times. For example, extreme temperature changes, drinking alcohol, eating spicy foods and menopausal hot flushes may temporarily cause the veins to become more noticeable. Once there however, the spider veins are unlikely to regress or disappear on their own.

Treatments

There are several procedures that can be used to treat the spider veins and the most appropriate one is selected based on the intensity, size, colour and location of the vein(s).

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) works very well in treating any diffused redness and will also be of benefit if the patient is suffering with Rosacea.

For the more defined spider veins that are usually seen on the cheeks and chin area, Electro Surgery uses a current to heat the vessel so that its contents dry up, leaving the skin to heal and the dead skin cells to flake away.

For larger, darker veins and those that are blue coloured, an Nd:Yag laser can be used to heat and destroy the vessel.

Recovery from these treatments is relatively straightforward. Any crusts or scabs that form must be left to come away naturally and it is important that a sun protection factor is worn to protect the skin and minimise the risk of pigmentation.

All new patients must have a consultation so that a personalised treatment plan can be created. This will give details of the procedure that you will have, the number of sessions you are likely to need and the anticipated cost.

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The Whiteley Protocol

Research Based Methodology

Diagnostic Phase
Identify underlying problem
Successful treatment starts with finding out what is causing the disturbance of the blood flow and then correcting the underlying problem in order to get the venous blood to flow correctly again. In accordance with NICE clinical guidelines, The Whiteley Clinic use multi-disciplinary teams for each patient. This means we have venous scanning experts performing detailed 30-40 minute scans and avoid missing the relevant veins.
Correct underlying problem
Depending on the exact nature of your veins and your own wishes, possible treatments include:
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA & EVLT™)
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Glue (ie: Venaseal™) MOCA™ (Clarivein™)
Ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy Closure of perforators (TRLOP)
Phlebectomies Pelvic Vein Embolisation
Post Operative Bandages for 12 hours Stockings for 3 days
Treatment Phase
Completing medical & prevention
Finishing the medical treatment and reducing future risks. Once the underlying problem has been fixed and the venous blood flow to the leg(s) has been restored, there are usually several abnormal veins that remain from the years of damage caused by the underlying vein problem. The Whiteley Clinic audits have shown that not addressing these remaining problems, leads to a much higher risk of further vein problems occurring – often within a year or less.
Post Operative
Treatment in Phase 2 is usually ultrasound guided Foam Sclerotherapy.
Bandages and Stockings for 14 days and nights
Cosmetic / Post-op
Cosmetic
The finishing touches
Once the venous blood flow has been restored to normal and all of the underlying vein problems have been treated, the green reticular veins and red, purple and blue thread veins can then be treated with the highest chance of success using Microsclerotherapy.
Post Operative
Stockings up to 14 days and nights

"The best time to treat the veins is the first time"

Prof. Mark Whiteley, The Whiteley Clinic