Thread vein removal treatment for beginners
Have you noticed the appearance of very fine red lines forming on your face or body? Thread veins can affect patients of all ages, but are surprisingly easy to treat. Thread vein removal is one of the most popular treatments here at Canterbury Skin & Laser Clinic, with both men and women coming to us for help in tackling spider veins and facial veins generally. If you live in Folkestone, Margate, Ramsgate, Hythe, Whitstable, Faversham, Sittingbourne, Sheppy or Maidstone (amongst other local places) we can help you!
Thread vein removal treatment is available for patients looking to permanently remove the marks that may be hindering their confidence. Usually a reddish or purple colour, thread veins can be found on the face, legs or body, and treatment to remove them can leave your skin feeling smooth and looking blemish-free.
Here, Dr. Alice Hudson-Peacock answers four of your questions about thread vein removal, whether you have them on your face or body.
Q: What is a thread vein?
A: Thread veins are very small blood vessels which run close to the surface of the skin. They generally look like fine red, or sometimes purple, wiggly lines. They’re also sometimes called ‘spider veins’ or ‘broken veins’, although the veins aren’t in fact broken but only slightly enlarged.
Q: What causes thread veins?
A: Usually there’s no obvious cause. Thread veins tend to develop as we age and our skin and blood vessels become less elastic. Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and the menopause are thought to provoke their development. You can also inherit a family tendency to the problem. Other causes include too much sunbathing, exposure to extreme temperatures, and radiotherapy. Although thread veins aren’t dangerous, they can tend to become larger and increase in number over time.
Q: Who gets them?
A: Generally they are more common in women due to hormonal changes. Around one in six women in their twenties have thread veins and by the age of 70 over 70% of women have some thread veins.
Q: How are thread veins treated?
A: There are several options including laser therapy, sclerotherapy, or a mixture of both. Electrolysis is also used but this is far less popular now that laser treatment is widely available. Laser therapy uses brief pulses of laser light to destroy smaller blood vessels. A pulsed dye laser is best for thin red veins which are close to the skin’s surface. Deeper blue or purple veins need a laser with a longer wavelength (YAG laser) to reach them. Veins bigger than 4mm may well require sclerotherapy instead.
Trust the experts
“Whether you are unhappy about thread veins on your nose or cheeks, or you’re finding them on your legs as you get older, thread vein removal treatment is a brilliant option,” explains Dr. Alice Hudson-Peacock.
“The revolutionary laser technology we offer at the clinic can help to treat thread veins in next to no time, and leave you looking and feeling happier almost immediately.
Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic is the best place to take care of your skin. Our patients come from far and wide to seek our services, from places such as Ashford, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Thanet and Kent. Why not join them today and book your consultation with Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic. Book your consultation with the aesthetic team for further information.