Thread veins are tiny blood vessels which run close to the surface of the skin producing fine red, or sometimes purple, lines. Whilst thread veins can affect men and women of all ages, they are most common in women and tend to appear and develop with hormonal changes and with age when the skin loses its elasticity.
Thread veins are also caused by excessive sun or wind exposure, and lifestyle such as alcohol and smoking. Thread veins are not dangerous, but they are unsightly and can affect confidence and self-esteem when they are present on the face.
Advancements in laser and light technology means that thread veins need not be endured any longer. At Silk Skin Laser Care Clinic our NMC qualified nurses can tailor a course of non-invasive laser treatments to help dramatically reduce the visibility of thread veins on your skin.
Frequently asked questions about thread vein treatment
How does the treatment work?
Laser and light energy is applied to the skin where it is readily absorbed by blood vessels, heating them to a point where they are destroyed. Following treatment, the vessels quickly clear as they are reabsorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace of the original lesion.
How is the treatment carried out?
During your consultation with a qualified nurse, a treatment procedure will be tailored specifically to you. A laser and light applicator is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The hand piece is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Most people are suitable for treatment. We recommend a full consultation with one of our qualified nurses to ascertain your suitability and tailor the treatment to your needs.
How does the treatment feel?
Treatment can be mildly uncomfortable but no anaesthesia is required. Sensations vary but most describe it as a very quick hot pin prick.
How long does each treatment take?
Treatment times can vary but typically take between 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the size and area.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments will depend on the type and size of the lesion but typically 4 to 6 treatments are required at 4 to 6 week intervals.
Are there any side effects?
After treatment the area may feel warm for a few hours. Rarely, some delicate skin areas can become red and slightly swollen for up to 48 hours.
Prior to treatment, one of our qualified nurses will conduct a consultation and take your medical history in confidence to confirm whether you are suitable for treatment. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Before treatment commences you must provide your written consent.