Launched in the UK at the end of 2012, ThermaVein was released across the rest of Europe and the USA shortly thereafter. ThermaVein has been available in South Africa since 2014.
ThermaVein uses the proven Veinwave technology, which is known for the process of thermocoagulation. Thermocoagulation uses a micro-current of heat to seal the walls of thread veins, which causes them to disappear. This technology has been used in the medical field for more than 15 years, and one of its pioneers, vascular surgeon Dr Brian Newman MD, FRCS, developed ThermaVein.
ThermaVein has been branded as “The Gold Standard for the removal of facial veins”, and it is a unique treatment for telangiectasia; the medical terms for spider veins and thread veins. ThermaVein can also be used to treat rosacea, vascular blemishes and spider naevi.
Although ThermaVein uses heat energy in much the same way as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), it uses a 0.3mm needle to deliver a microwave current to the precise treatment area, closing the vein without affecting the surrounding tissue, which results in very few side effects.
ThermaVein uses a sterile, single-use, fine needle probe (0.3mm) to deliver a microwave current to the treatment area for less than 0.2 seconds. The current travels for a maximum of 1.5mm, from a needle housed and held in place in the ThermaVein pen, a handheld device operated by a trained practitioner. The needle delivers a microwave current to the treatment area every 1 to 2mm. The heat energy from the microwave current is absorbed by the vein, causing it to close. The body then absorbs the vein. Once the vein is closed off, blood can no longer flow through it, which means that it cannot be seen underneath the surface of the skin.
DISCLAIMER: Results may vary from person to person.