Thread veins refer to blood vessels that are purple and red in colour, which are visible on the surface of the skin. Due to their resemblance to small spider webs, thread veins are also known as spider veins. The medical term to this condition is Telangiesctasias. If the veins become raised from the surface of the skin, they are referred to as reticular veins.
Whilst they can be associated with varicose veins, thread veins are a different condition. Despite their unsightly appearance, unlike varicose veins, thread veins rarely cause any other symptoms.
Thread veins more commonly affect women. Due to the modern ‘selfie’ trend, more and more image-conscious women are having thread veins removed from their faces so they look better in photos. According to a report in the Daily Mail, doctors have reported a sharp increase in the number of women in Britain, particularly younger women, undergoing procedures to leave their skin blemish-free.
So how exactly are thread veins treated?
Microsclerotherapy is one method of treatment for thread veins. This fairly straightforward process involves a liquid known as sclerosant being injected into the affected veins. The liquid then destroys the veins and, over time, causes them to disappear.
It is generally recommended that Microsclerotherapy is only used on thread veins on the legs and body. Thread veins on the surface of the face are often treated by laser.
Laser treatment involves the use of sensitive lasers to target the unwanted red and purple veins on the skin. By being administered in quick, short bursts, the laser doesn’t harm the skin and breaks down the thread veins.
Whilst some slight discomfort might be felt with both Microsclerotherapy and laser treatment, both treatments are generally painless and safe.
Some swelling might be noticed after the treatments or a slight bruising, but such side-effects don’t tend to last long and gradually fade to reveal new, clear skin.
An even less invasive way to treat thread veins on the face is the use of cosmetic makeup to cover up the veins. Applying a high quality foundation to the affected area, can help hide unsightly veins, without the need to undergo treatment.
If you require treatment for thread veins, Daryll Baker has experience effectively treating this common condition. Book an initial consultation to discuss treatments for thread veins with Daryll Baker and the Vascular Consultancy.