Thread Vein Removal
About Thread Veins
Medically reviewed by The Harley Medical Group Clinical Governance Board
Thread veins are extremely common and completely harmless but frequently embarrassing. They are tiny twisted red blood vessels that run close to the surface of the skin making them visible. Also known as spider veins due to their cobweb like appearance, as well as broken veins; however the veins are not actually broken, only slightly enlarged, known medically as telangiectasia. The most common areas of the body to experience thread veins is on the face and legs.
While both men and women can be affected by thread veins they are far more prevalent in women. By their 40s nearly half of all women will be affected, and they become increasingly more common as we age.
I was made to feel very comfortable and everything was explained to me every step of the way. I am very satisfied with the [thread vein] treatment
Anne, Manchester Clinic
Thread Vein Removal Treatment
Lasers and IPL is a non-invasive treatment can be used to remove thread veins on the face, body and legs quickly and effectively. Thread vein removal treatment will remove fine and large thread veins approximately 1-3 mm in size.
The laser light passes safely through the skin which is readily absorbed by blood vessels, but not by the surrounding skin, heating them to point where the blood in the targeted blood vessel coagulates. This causes the vein to break down. The damaged veins are gradually dissolved and removed by the body’s immune system, fading over several weeks after treatment leaving little or no trace of the original lesion.
Two or three sessions is usually all that is needed to leave your skin feeling smooth and blemish-free, however we recommend on average 5 treatments to ensure the best results for you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is thread vein removal permanent?
How long thread vein removal treatment lasts varies from person to person.
In most cases the same veins will not reoccur, but new veins can appear in other areas of your body which might require treatment.
For lasers and IPL (Intense Pulse Light) treatments, we normally recommend on average 5 sessions to leave your skin feeling smooth and blemish-free.
Does thread vein removal hurt?
Thread vein removal is an uncomfortable treatment, however most of our clients find the discomfortable completely bearable.
If you find thread vein removal too uncomfortable tell you practition who will either give you a comfort break or apply a numbing cream to the treated area.
Can thread veins be prevented?
Ageing and genetic disposition may mean that thread veins cannot be prevented however, there are actions you can take to reduce the risk:
- Getting plenty of exercise and keep leg muscles toned - so your blood will flow freely.
- Keep your weight under control
- If your job keeps you on your feet, stretch your leg muscles often to increase circulation.
- If you're pregnant, try to sleep on your left side rather than your back.
Does thread vein removal have any downtime?
There is no downtime with laser thread vein removal and makeup can be applied immediately following your treatment.