Condition – Thread Veins

Thread Veins

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Thread Veins are the red and purple blood vessels that occur in patches on the skin of the legs and face. They look like small spider webs, which is why they are also called spider veins (referred to medically as Telangiesctasias). If the little veins are raised they are called reticular veins.

  • They can be associated with varicose veins, but are not the same condition.
  • They are unsightly but rarely cause any of the other symptoms of varicose veins
  • They are common on most ladies legs although how obvious they are will be related to the underlying skin tone.

Treatment can involve cosmetic make up, micro-sclerotherapy and skin laser



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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