Short Wave Diathermy is a method for treating veins and spider veins on the face. A very fine needle is used to prick the skin over the thread veins and then an electrical current is passed through the vein which is heated to seal the vessel. Over the course of a few weeks, the vein withers and disperses and becomes less noticeable. A mild anaesthetic cream is used to numb the area prior to treatment.

What are facial thread veins?

Thread veins (also known as dilated capillaries, spider veins, broken veins or red veins) are very common and can be commonly found around the nose and cheeks. Thread veins can occur because of a wide range of factors such as sensitive skin, sun exposure or extreme temperature, smoking, medication, skin care products, pregnancy or often because of hereditary predisposition.

What are the benefits of thread vein treatment?

Short wave diathermy is a safe, comfortable and highly effective treatment procedure. With minimal down time and good results.

Treatment and recovery.

After treatment the skin maybe or puffy and a little red  but this should settle in a few hours. A healing process then starts and the final results will be apparent 4 to 6 weeks after treatment. The success rate for short wave diathermy to facial spider and thread veins is 95% (The Vein Care Centre).


All consultations and treatments are performed by a friendly knowledgeable specialist Nurse Prescriber with a wealth of experience.

Becky Wall