What are thread veins?
There are small blood vessels that connect the veins and arteries. They are called capillaries and some may be seen on the surface of the skin. When a capillary is broken, it results in the appearance of thin, red or blue thread that becomes visible on the skin. This is common on body areas including the legs and the face, especially in locations where the skin is thinner or the capillaries are closer to the surface of the skin.
The threads resemble the pattern of a spider web and this is why they are also known as spider veins.
How does the treatment work?
For those who suffer from broken capillaries, lasers are used to deliver targeted treatment to the skin. Laser light energy is concentrated on the targeted vein. Energy is then transferred from the laser to the vein and absorbed by the blood vessels, which causes the vessel to clog. Because the vessel no longer transports blood, it is then absorbed by the body, eliminating the appearance of broken capillaries.
How many treatments are needed?
On average, about 3 treatments are needed. However it depends on the number of veins and size and also their location.
Some thread veins can be quite difficult to treat, because they don't always run obligingly parallel to the skin surface. Laser light may sometimes not be able to reach deep enough to destroy them.
- Taking accutane or similar medication
- Taking blood thinning medication
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Any injectables or fillers in the last 72 hours
- Cold sore or fevel blister without premedication
- Facial peels or waxing within 7 to 14 days
- Having type 1 diabetes
- Recent sun exposure or pray tanning or solarium
- Skin cancer
- Photosensitising drugs
- Wearing a pacemaker
- Lack of skin sensation
Single thread vein £20,00
Upper lip £80,00