Advice for making thread veins less visible

6th August 2017 by Daryll Baker0
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Commonly known as spider veins, thread veins are small but noticeable veins that lie just below the surface of the skin. Thread veins can appear anywhere on the body but tend to be most common on the face and legs.

Thread veins are extremely common, particularly in older people over the age of 50. Whilst thread veins are not dangerous, they can cause some throbbing and discomfort and some people may become unhappy about their unsightly appearance.

If you are concerned about the appearance of thread veins, there are steps you can take to improve their appearance and help prevent them from appearing in the first place.

Improve the blood circulation

Improving the circulation of the blood can help make thread veins look less unpleasant. One of the best ways to improve blood circulation is to get regular exercise.

Avoiding sitting in the same position for long periods of time and regularly moving around will help the blood circulate around the body more efficiently and improve the appearance of thread veins.

Lose weight

Carrying excess weight around ultimately puts pressure on the legs, which can result in the appearance of thread veins. Losing weight by exercising and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can alleviate much of the pressure on your legs, improve the look of thread veins, and help prevent spider veins from surfacing.

Apply vitamin K cream to the skin

Vitamin K is linked to strengthening the capillaries and preventing blood vessels from swelling. Applying cream that contains vitamin K can be an effective way to improve the appearance of thread veins.

Avoid birth control with high levels of estrogen

Birth control pills that are high in estrogen have been associated with causing problems with the veins, such as causing thread veins or varicose veins to surface. Changing your method of birth control to a pill that is less high in estrogen may help prevent the onset of unsightly thread veins.

Treat yourself to a massage

If you’re looking for an excuse to have a pampering massage, thread veins might be just the answer!

One of the principle reasons thread veins appear underneath the skin in the first place is due to the inefficient circulation of the blood. Massages help get the blood circulating around the body and improve the flow of flood through the capillaries, which in turn, puts less pressure on the veins. This improved circulation of blood through massage can be great for thread veins and you may notice an improvement in their appearance in no time at all.

To discuss treatments for thread veins, including skin laser, micro-sclerotherapy and cosmetic makeup, get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy.


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Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.

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