If you suffer from thread or ‘spider’ veins on your face or legs, the summer months can be filled with dread and embarrassment at the thought of going makeup free or wearing skirts or shorts.
But thankfully a leading UK clinic which specialises in the removal of thread veins is using a revolutionary microwave technique in Belfast to zap away the web-like spider veins and help restore patient confidence.
According to Dr Michael Broughton of Dr Newmans Clinic, thread veins are often hereditary and can particularly affect Celtic skin. He also said that thread veins on the nose were often a source of much embarrassment because of the association with ‘boozer’s nose’.
“There seems to be a strong genetic link with thread veins, among Celts in particular, who have fair skin and red hair,” said Dr Broughton.
“Quite often the skin condition Rosacea will cause thread veins on the nose and this can be very embarrassing for the patient because red noses are associated with alcohol. Thread veins are not caused by alcohol but it’s a very potent reason why people seek treatment.”
Dr Newmans Clinic, the only doctor led consultancy of its kind in the UK, introduced its pioneering treatment Veinwave (thermocoagulation) at Malone Medical Chambers in Belfast a year ago and since then a steadily increasing number of patients have been opting for the non-invasive walk-in, walk-out procedure.
Founded in 1998, the Veinwave technique harnesses microwave technology to heat fine blood vessels and destroy them quickly. It can treat all skin types and is very effective in treating facial thread veins and rosacea. It can also be used in conjunction with another treatment, Sclerotherapy, to treat thread veins in legs. Thermocoagulation is a relatively pain-free procedure and is also more effective than laser treatment and results can be instant.
In Northern Ireland, Dr Broughton, who travels here once a month from London’s Harley Street, has seen equal numbers of men and women seeking treatment and to date up to 95% of patients are receiving treatment for facial thread veins.
“In some cases, results can be seen after one treatment while others may require multiple treatments, depending on the severity of the thread veins,” Dr Broughton said.
“Both men and women get thread veins on their noses but men seem to be more conscious of them because they worry that people will think they are heavy drinkers.
“Alcohol doesn’t cause thread veins, but it can make them worse so moderation is the key,” he adds.
Dr Newmans Clinic has featured on primetime Channel 4 show Embarrassing Bodies and runs 9 clinics in major cities across the UK.
For more information on the unique thread vein treatment offered at Dr Newmans Clinic visit the website.