Diathermy is a process where in there’s a controlled amount of heat, produced by an electric medical device that is strategically delivered beneath the skin through small probes, for therapeutic purposes. The heat is directed to the subcutaneous tissues, underlying muscles and joints. There two common types of diathermy devices are the radio frequency diathermy device and the microwave diathermy equipment. Diathermy devices are capable of delivering heat at a minimum of 104F up to a maximum of 114F. The depth is maintained at approximately 2 inches and the heat application doesn’t go beyond 20 minutes. Diathermy is used to relax muscles, seal small blood vessels and remove various types of skin lesions such as skin tags, red spots and spider veins.
Diathermy for Men and Women: Red vein removal by means of electrolysis
Electrolysis or Diathermy electrolysis is a popularly known method for permanent hair removal. This procedure is also effective in removing red veins, spider veins or telangiectsia and thread veins. By passing a certain amount of electric current through inserted needles, damaged veins are broken down into smaller parts and molecules which are then absorbed by the surrounding tissues.
What are the benefits?
- Safety and Sterility – The electric current passed through the electrolysis needle is localized in one area and the intensity is also very minimal. Electrolysis technicians and therapist are formally trained and educated in this practice. Sterile needles are used during the procedure.
- Minimal Discomfort – Patients may experience a tolerable sensation during electrolysis. Depending on the level of discomfort, anesthetic creams and solutions can be applied before the procedure to make it as pleasant as possible.
- Permanent Vein Removal – Broken down veins do not grow back, complete healing and skin rejuvenation may take a several days to a few weeks. A couple of sessions are already enough for most patients but others may need a 3rd or 4th one.
- Cost-Effective – Vein removal by means of electrolysis is very affordable and cost-effective. Most spas and centers even offer packages to meet the needs of the customer.
Suitable skin conditions
- Electrolysis for vein removal is suitable for patients with small areas to treat.
- This procedure is more suitable for people with light skin compared to those with dark skin because of the risk of hyper-pigmentation or skin discoloration.
- People with uncontrolled epilepsy may be advised to avoid any treatment that involves electric currents.
The treatment process
Red vein removal by diathermy electrolysis starts with the pre-sterilized disposable electrolysis needle, inserted to the area being treated. Small amounts of electric current are then delivered to break down the vein. The whole procedure may take less than 15 minutes per session. :You therapist will recommend Vitamin A and Vitamin C creams may be applied after the procedure to facilitate skin healing.
What to expect after the treatment?
Before achieving permanent red vein removal, the treated area may develop sensitivity and fine crusting which disappears after a few days. The risk for hyper-pigmentation or skin discoloration and scarring is minimal and unlikely. Patients with sun-damaged skin may develop certain lesions and damaged blood vessels, if this occurs, other skin rejuvenation procedures may be required.