Thread veins are small superficial red, purple or blue veins which may appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly on the face and legs. Thread veins occur when the vein dilates and becomes large enough to be visible through the skin.
The causes are unknown although they may well be caused by changes in temperature, smoking, hormonal changes, alcohol and prolonged standing as well as possibly being an inherited condition.
What is Thread Vein Removal?
Two different light systems may be used- intense pulsed light (IPL) and long pulsed Nd:YAG lasers. IPL systems are used to eliminate superficial thread veins and rosacea. The long wavelength Nd:YAG lasers treat more severe visible vessels.
Leg veins are divided into varicose veins, reticular veins and thread veins. Varicose veins are treated surgically. Larger leg veins are treated with sclerotherapy which involves injecting a solution into the vessels which causes the vessel walls to stick together. A combination of treatments is sometimes needed where different types of thread veins are present.
What are the advantages of this treatment?
Thread veins may be disguised using make-up as a short-term solution. Advanced techniques remove thread veins with lasting results and give you freedom from having to wear make-up all of the time.
How does the treatment work?
High energy light is absorbed by the blood inside the vein. This heats up the wall of the vein which collapses, and the vein then dissolves. Sclerotherapy is the injection of a solution with a very fine needle which collapses the vein. The vein then dissolves.
How many treatments are needed?
A series of 3 to 6 treatments is recommended at intervals for leg veins. Treatment of facial veins is easier and fewer treatments are required.
Are there any side effects?
Redness and swelling of the treated area may occur (like sunburn). Superficial blistering or crusting may rarely develop, this settles within a few days. There is also a very small risk of pigment change following treatment. Make-up can be applied directly following a facial treatment. You can return to your normal routine after each treatment session.