Veinwave™ is medically-acclaimed technology that provides safe removal of facial red veins, also referred to as telangiectasia, capillaries, milia (milk spots) and skin tags.*
Developed and pioneered by Consultant Vascular Surgeon Dr Brian Newman MD, FRCS, the technology is based on a process called ‘thermacoagulation’ – which essentially cuts off the blood supply to the affected area. Veinwave™ uses an ultra fine insulated needle which allows accurate application of the treatment whilst protecting the skin and the surrounding tissue. The broken vein is treated with a high-frequency current which sets up an inflammatory reaction and seals the vein, causing it to disperse naturally in the body.* The skin feels warm while the treatment is taking place.
The procedure is relatively painless and, unlike any other treatment, the versatility of the procedure means it be applied to all areas of the body. There is no bruising and no need for dressings and can be completed in under half an hour.
Up to three treatments may be required to remove the veins*, depending on the number and location of the veins to be treated, whereas other vein removal methods such as laser not only can be more uncomfortable but may take many weeks to show a result.*
Dr Newman has explained, “The technique is different to anything else available, sealing the vein rather than trying to fade or burn it. As a Consultant Vascular Surgeon I am well aware that sealing the vein is the safest and easiest way to remove it. After the vein has been sealed it is simply reabsorbed by the body.”*
Red thread veins on the face are extremely common, particularly affecting areas such as around the nose. These thread veins are not harmful (unless associated with another vascular condition), but rather have a knock-on effect to a patient’s confidence.
Many factors contribute to the formation of thread veins. Exposure to sunlight is a known trigger for the condition, as is regular exposure to extremes of temperature, hormonal changes, smoking, or excess alcohol consumption.
Milia (otherwise know as milk spots) are frequently found around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead. These small white bumps form as a result of dead skin cells becoming trapped under the skin’s surface.
Infant milia will usually clear up within a few weeks. In older children and adults, it typically goes away within a few months. They tend to disappear naturally over time. However in persistent cases, treatment may be suggested.
Skin tags are small, smooth brown or flesh coloured growths attached to the skin. They’re very common, harmless, and can vary in colour and size – from a few millimetres up to 5cm (about 2 inches) wide.
They most commonly develop around the armpits, groin or neck. It is thought that they develop as a result of that area of skin continuously rubbing against clothing and other skin.