Thread veins (also called ‘spider veins’ or ‘broken veins’) are tiny enlarged blood vessels that run close to the surface of the skin and appear as fine red or purple lines most commonly on the face or legs. Although not painful, these unsightly visible lines can create an uneven complexion that can become more pronounced and noticeable as we get older. Often connected to the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and menopause, women also tend to be more prone to thread veins.
Thankfully this skin issue will not damage your health, however it can affect your feelings of self-confidence. Effective treatments are available at WY that can reduce or even remove unsightly thread veins – the first step is to contact us for an initial consultation with our aesthetic doctor. If thread veins are visible on your face, we will carry out a computerised Visia skin analysis during this appointment to look at the various layers of your skin. This will help us to assess the extent of your thread veins and how they should be treated. We will then put together a treatment plan based on what we believe is the best route forward for you.
What happens next?
If you feel self-conscious of your thread veins, hiding your legs away even in the height of summer, or searching high and low for make-up that successfully covers the thread veins on your face, then you’ll be pleased to know that effective treatments are now available that can reduce or even remove unsightly thread veins. We can also remove warts and skin tags using a choice of cold (cryotherapy) and hot (diathermy) treatment options. You can book an initial consultation with our aesthetic doctor to discuss your thread veins, skin tags or warts. If any of these are visible on your face, we will carry out a computerised Visia skin analysis during this appointment to look at the various layers of your skin. This will help us to assess the extent of your thread veins and how they should be treated, or to look at the best treatment options for removing unsightly warts or skin tags. We will then put together a treatment plan based on what we believe would be best for you.
I had a sclerotherapy treatment where the aesthetic doctor, Dr Saira, injected each of the offending veins with a solution which apparently aggravates the vein and causes it to collapse. I remember lots of needles but, since they were so small, I barely felt them. There was some discomfort which came later, a kind of burning, but I knew to expect this so I was prepared and I was well looked after at the clinic. I had to wear compression tights for a couple of weeks but that was no drama. I always knew I’d need about three treatments and I had these every couple of months.
I’m delighted with the result. The majority of thread veins have gone, the rest are quite faint so more than manageable and I am comfortable baring my legs once more. I know new thread veins can appear but that’s fine as I know they can be treated. I now also know they are called spider nevai!!
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