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Diathermy

This guide provides information about Diathermy cosmetic treatment, how it works, the conditions which can be treated, the recovery process, good candidates and other information such as finding the right electrologist and cost information.

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What Is Diathermy?

A cosmetic treatment which uses a high frequency electric current to alleviate a number of skin conditions such as broken capillaries, facial spider veins and other visible capillaries in the epidermal layers of the skin. Diathermy is used by electrologists and cosmetic surgeons.

How Does Diathermy Treat Spider Veins?

Spider veins are broken small veins and vessels which appear on the surface of the skin. The condition, also known as couperose skin, covers the skin in tiny red veins like a spider’s web. Dilated and broken capillaries often occur on the face, neck and chest. There are many causes including excessive sun exposure, alcohol, smoking, sudden temperature changes, high blood pressure, pregnancy and hereditary causes. Luckily, the cause is irrelevant to the type of treatment which can be used.

Diathermy treatment uses a high frequency (short wave) current which produces heat and cauterizes the veins. A fine needle is inserted into the capillary. As the current passes through the vein, the blood is cauterized, making it imperceptible on the skin’s surface.

Recovery After Cosmetic Diathermy

After diathermy treatment, you must allow the skin to naturally heal itself. You will notice some scab formation within 48 hours of the procedure. These will appear as brown/black spots but will fall off by themselves within a week or two. Avoid picking off the scabs as this may cause scarring. Your skin may also feel dry and tender. This can be alleviated by applying a cream or oil recommended by your electrologist.

You should not be having subsequent diathermy treatments in the same treatment area for at least one month or until the skin is completely settled. Diathermy may be performed in new areas in close proximity to the previously treated area after two weeks.

In the ten days following your treatment, you should avoid applying makeup over the area, cleansers, toners or moisturisers (other than recommended creams), extreme temperatures, hot baths, swimming, exercise, shampoo, perfume, hairspray, towels, flannels and rubbing the treated area. The healing process can be prolonged if you smoke, drink alcohol or are in poor health.

Which Conditions Can Diathermy Treat?

Diathermy can treat many superficial skin conditions which occur on the epidermal layer. This includes broken capillaries, dilated capillaries, facial thread veins, couperose skin, broken blood vessels, spider veins, skin tags, blood spots, milia, white spots, red spots, naevus, spider naevi, moles, warts, red veins, and derma fibroma.

Which Areas Is Diathermy Used On?

Diathermy can be used on most parts of the bodies. For beauty purposes in women, diathermy is commonly utilized on the facial region and the décolletage (which is the upper part of a woman’s torso and includes the neck, shoulders, chest and back). Diathermy is also used to treat facial spider veins in men. These areas are most commonly treated because they are more exposed to the sun and harsh weather conditions than other parts of the body.

Good Candidates for Diathermy

If you are suffering from broken or dilated capillaries, then diathermy may be right for you. However, there are contraindications (conditions where the treatment should be withheld). These include if you are pregnant, have aids, hepatitis, thrombosis, blood disorders, heart condition, high blood pressure, epilepsy, skin disease, diabetes, asthma, overly sensitive skin or xanthoma. You should also refrain from diathermy if you are in poor health or prone to keloid scarring or where the broken capillary is near a varicose vein.

How to Find the Best Diathermy Doctor/Electrologist

Diathermy is a cosmetic treatment which should be administered by a qualified doctor or electrologist specializing in vein treatments. When searching for a Diathermy specialist, make sure you research their qualifications, credentials, training and experience. Being board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery does not indicate that a doctor is trained and experienced in this treatment.

Be sure to ask your doctor which procedures they specialize in, where they trained and how many treatments they’ve performed. Obtain lots of before and after photos of patients they’ve treated for the same area using this technique.

Even if a doctor has the right credentials, this does not mean they will be good at performing Diathermy. Apart from researching their formal qualifications and training, try to find customer reviews to see the overall satisfaction rate of your potential doctor. Independent recommendations are invaluable for assessing the best doctor or surgeon who is most experienced in the treatment. Don’t be tempted to opt for the cheapest cost without considering the above factors. A cheap center may not offer the experience you desire. Also, you may wish to consider whether you feel more comfortable with a female or male physician.

How Much Does Diathermy Cost? Price Information

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Cost of Diathermy: $55 to $75 per 15 minutes

Average Cost: $65 per quarter of an hour

Fees Include: disposable needle

Cost Variables: The prices vary depending on the size of the area being treated. A small area may take 15 minutes whereas a larger area could take 25 to 45 minutes. The cost of creams or ointments is extra.

Health Insurance: Diathermy is considered a cosmetic procedure which is not generally covered by insurance. Speak with your insurance representative to find out if your particular plan covers the costs.

Medicare/Medicaid:Not covered since the procedure is cosmetic.

Hospital Fee: Not applicable.

Facility Fees: Not applicable.

Ask the clinic for the total cost, how many treatment sessions you will need and whether any rebates, specials or discounts apply.

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