Sclerotherapy, Cryotherapy & Diathermy

Minor skin problems can affect your self-confidence so we offer safe treatments to correct thread veins and remove skin tags, raised warts, verrucae and other lumps

Banish thread veins, skin tags & warts

  • Thread vein and skin tag removal by the best aesthetic doctors in the business.
  • Our precision skill will give you excellent outcomes, dramatically reducing or even removing the appearance of thread veins
  • Our clients tell us that our aesthetic doctors have a reassuringly soft touch that delivers high quality results

Although generally harmless, we understand that common skin problems such as thread veins, skin tags and warts can affect your self-confidence.

At Waterhouse Young, our aesthetic doctors and nurses are skilled at using injection microsclerotherapy to correct unwanted thread veins on your legs, while short wave diathermy offers us the delicate precision necessary to remove thread veins from your face.

Diathermy is also an excellent treatment option for skin tag removal, while cryotherapy lets us safely remove raised warts, verrucae, skin tags and other skin lumps.

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What’s next?

We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions and their answers (below and right) to help you find out more. To discuss your concerns about your skin, as well as your hopes for treatment, the first step is to book an initial consultation. You can fill out our quick and easy form or call us on 020 7486 3849 and we will be happy to help.

What are sclerotherapy, cryotherapy and diathermy and how does each treatment work?

Sclerotherapy:

Injection microsclerotherapy is a simple treatment that is often successful in correcting unwanted thread veins of the legs. During the treatment, we inject a sclerosing solution called Fibrovein into the thread veins to displace the blood and damage the cell membrane. This sets off a series of responses within the body which eventually break down and absorb the vein until it disappears.

Cryotherapy:

Cryotherapy is a treatment using liquid nitrogen to remove skin lumps by freezing them.

Diathermy:

Short wave diathermy is a treatment where we apply a tiny hair-like needle to the skin and conducts an electrical current to heat up the blood in a thread vein. The blood clots before being broken down and reabsorbed by the body.

What happens during each of these treatments?

Sclerotherapy:

When you come to us for microsclerotherapy, we will use a syringe and tiny needle to inject a small amount of a sclerosing solution called Fibrovein into your thread veins to empty the targeted veins of blood. The solution causes the vein wall to become irritated and stick to itself, closing it shut and preventing it from filling up with blood again. Sometimes a single injection will remove more than one vein, but it is common to need several injections to clear all the veins, and some veins may need to be injected on more than one occasion.

Cryotherapy:

With cryotherapy, we apply liquid nitrogen to the treatment area, which rapidly freezes the top layer of skin. To prevent discomfort, we may apply a numbing cream first. The freezing site will initially become red and swollen and it may sting and itch slightly as it thaws.

Diathermy:

During your treatment, a tiny hair-like needle will be placed gently into your skin and conduct an electrical current to heat up the blood in the thread vein. The treatment can be slightly uncomfortable so a topical anaesthetic cream is applied to help numb the area.

What can these treatments be used to treat?

Sclerotherapy:

Microsclerotherapy is used for the removal of thread veins on the legs, anywhere from the top of the thigh to the ankle.

Cryotherapy:

We offer cryotherapy as the ideal treatment for removing warts, verrucae, skin tags and other skin lumps.

Diathermy:

Short wave diathermy is used to remove skin tags and treat facial veins. It can also be effective in the treatment of Spider Naevus, red blood spots, warts and Milia.

Will my treatment hurt?

Sclerotherapy:

Some people experience minor stinging or cramps when the needle is inserted into the vein but the treatment does not require anaesthetic and the sensation during the treatment should be bearable.

Cryotherapy:

Cryotherapy can cause some mild discomfort. After your treatment, the freezing site will initially become red and swollen and it may sting and itch slightly as it thaws.

Diathermy:

Diathermy treatment tends to be uncomfortable so a topical anaesthetic cream is applied to numb the area.

How long will my treatment take?

Sclerotherapy:

This precision treatment takes time and concentration, so it typically takes around an hour to complete.

Cryotherapy:

Cryotherapy typically lasts a matter of minutes, as we simply need to apply liquid nitrogen to the relevant treatment area(s). We want you to feel relaxed, informed and in safe hands every step of the way.

Diathermy:

Diathermy treatment typically takes about 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the area to be treated. This time also allows for the anaesthetic cream to take effect.

How much does thread vein, wart or skin tag removal cost?

We will discuss your treatment options and proposed treatment plan during your initial consultation, including a full breakdown of the costs. Prices vary depending on the area(s) to be treated.