Dare To Bare: Oh So Vein

BATD ON Jul 14, 2013 AT 9:41 pm

If you are anything like us, and by that I mean human, then you’ll no doubt be having last minute bikini-body baring panics. No matter how strict you have been with your diet nor how hardcore you’ve been going at it in the gym, for most of us there are a slew of body issues that arise when it comes to stripping off. But this is the year to take action, so whether you have a month to go until the big reveal, or just a couple of days or weeks, we show you that, with just a little beauty insider know-how, you can boost your body confidence for good.

Dare To Bare

Veins: 

Creeping blue and green veins, whether they’re of the varicose or thread vein variety, appearing on either your face or your legs, can be both painful and unsightly. The bruised-looking, spidery brutes, thought to be triggered by a number of causes, from hormones to weight fluctuations, pregnancy or simple genetics, don’t have to hold you hostage, hidden under 40 denier wraps.

For long-wearing, clever concealing we swear by Estee Lauder‘s Double Wear Maximum Protection Face and Body Camouflage Makeup, £27.50. With SPF 15, a full-coverage but non cakey formula and up-to 12 hour staying power this smooths over obvious discolouration. Vichy’s Dermablend Corrective Foundation £15.50 also offers total coverage with a light, blendable, moisturising texture.

For a more permanent solution, book yourself an appointment at Dr Newman’s Clinic. A pioneer in vein removal technology, Dr Brian Newman has developed a Thermocoagulation technique, called Veinwave, which completely destroys thread veins in a matter of seconds, causing them to vanish instantly.  Sounds too good to be true?

Well, after having my GP confirm that the non-painful, but rather unseemly green squiggles that had appeared on the inside of my knee and around my ankle were in no way a health issue, I headed to see Dr Newman. After analysing said veins under a UV magnifying camera, he confirmed that they were nothing to concern myself with, but were easily treatable with Veinwave.

The thermocaoagulation process uses a microwave of electrical current to transfer heat into the vein, causing it to burst. The blood then leaks out into the surrounding skin tissue before being absorbed by the body  - and for any remaining discolouration – a second appointment, where a saline solution is injected into the area will target any remnants.

And so, a couple of weeks later, I found myself back on the treatment bed watching – on a monitor – a miniscule, hair-thin needle slide, at various points, into my scrawling vein, which then disappeared. Completely. With barely a scratch to the skin (I’ve had eyebrow threading that has been more uncomfortable – although there may be more sensitivity with thread veins on the face) there was no need for even a topical anaesthetic. And within minutes I was pulling my jeans back up with nothing but a warm sensation as a reminder of where my vein used to be.

Dr Newman’s Clinic, www.drnewmansclinic.co.ukInitial consultation £200 (£250 to be consulted by Dr Brian Newman), treatment £395 per treatment (£450 to be treated by Dr Brian Newman)

 

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