I'd love to know too hopefully someone will post with some experience soon.
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19-01-2013 23:42 #11
19-01-2013 23:50 #12
I had it done about, gosh, 10 years ago. It was a bit uncomfortable, but tolerable and effective for quite a few years. My veins have come back, so I'm thinking of having it done again, but will probably have to wait until after I finish having kids. It would be best to have it done in the winter, as you need to wear support stockings for a few weeks after the procedure.
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19-01-2013 23:54 #13
19-01-2013 23:57 #14
I'm a beauty therapist, and in training, we did a treatment which removed spider veins... so I had it done a few times.
It's called Diathermy. What happens is a very small needle (it's about as thick as a hair you'd find on your arm - very fine) is inserted into the broken capillary while a very small electric current in run down there. You hold on to a metal rod to complete the circuit. The galvanic current cauterises the spider vein, and they usually appear immediately white, and then later look like a bit pink and swollen. Over the next 6-ish weeks it heals. I found on mine, they got worse before they eventually disappeared.
The treatment is permanent... however, you have to consider why you have them in the first place and if you're able/willing to make changes so they don't return. Some people will have them because of their habits - spicy foods, hot showers, smoking... it increases the risk of developing them. Sometimes classes-wearers will get them on the bridge of their nose... and its' pointless removing them unless they're no longer wearing glasses because they'll just come back.
Pressure also causes them, so on your legs, if you stand a lot, they may return. But then you can just get those treated too.
You MAY need more than one treatment, it depends on the severity.
Painful? I personally didn't like it... but it triggered a nervous response from me (I have anxiety) and it was more that than pain. It's not a good treatment for anyone pregnant, with metal implants, pacemakers, etc. Also no good for people with anxiety... but yeah, I had to have it done so other students could practice.
It's not a terribly costly treatment either.
EDIT - it's not the insertion you feel. It's so fine you can't feel that really. It's the electric current. It can feel pretty sensitive on some areas... but many would find waxing far more painful. I didn't think it was painful, it just triggered a panic attack and I started to sweat profusely and felt like I was about to pass out. lol. I needed someone to talk to me non-stop, and could only let it go on about 5 minutes before pulling the plug on it.
Most people, those who would normally whinge about getting waxed, were fine with diathermy treatments... because it's not that painful. Just a bit stingy.
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20-01-2013 00:07 #15
Hmm I'm a smoker but they only appeared during pregnancy (when I stopped smoking) so would it be worthwhile? After living most of my life in long pants due to self esteem issues I'm finally getting comfortable wearing shorts/skirts but the veins are just awful looking :/
20-01-2013 00:14 #16
Smoking won't cause them, just increases the chance of developing them (due to lack of oxygen in the blood). You could still do it. The worst that will happen is after a while they return. The smoking thing is more common for ones on the face.
You'll have to avoid exercise, heat, tight clothes, etc for about 24-48 hours afterwards.
20-01-2013 00:20 #17
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20-01-2013 01:09 #18
I have noticed a couple of grouped spider veins on one leg, I suspect from my 2nd pregnancy as I've never had them before. From afar it looks like I have 2 sets of bruises. I don't know if they'll ever go away..
20-01-2013 01:10 #19
Lol dancingchipmunk I was thinking the same thing!
Awesome, thanks for the info Sassy mine are on the back of my calves, none on the face. I think I shall look into it!
Loveable mine look like bruises too.
20-01-2013 06:44 #20
Mine are genetic and due to poor circulation I think (not a smoker, don't do anything else to bring them on). I suppose they may not have come back, I may just have more/new ones.
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