Unsightly thread veins are common among men and women and can be embarrassing. They can appear on the skin as dots, bulges, splotches and spider shapes and can range in colour from vivid red to deep purple.
Thread veins are different to varicose veins, which are much larger and can be felt on the skin. Unlike varicose veins which raise concerns because they are generally linked to underlying problems with the circulation which can also lead to additional disorders, thread veins are not seen as a medical problem but more of a cosmetic issue.
The cause of thread veins can be down to a combination of factors.
Most facial veins are caused by environmental factors such as sun and wind damage. However, there may also be a genetic predisposition to the problem. Men are often concerned that facial veins give the impression they drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Whilst alcohol does not cause the veins to appear, it can contribute to a dilated appearance.
Other triggers for facial flushing include coffee, tea, heat, exercise and emotion. Other causes can also be attributed to hereditary factors, oral contraception and hormone therapyorem.
Treat unsightly veins
A course of treatments is usually devised for patients depending on the type, visibility and severity of the veins. One of our experienced therapists will take an assessment of the veins during a free consultation and advice the best course of action.
Recommended treatments for veins:
- Laser IPL
- LED light therapy
Q: Can you treat veins that appear on the body as well as the face?
A: Yes veins that appear anywhere can be treated.
Q: How many sessions will I need?
A: Sometimes veins disappear after just one treatment but a course of 3-6 is usually recommeneded.
Q: Are treatments painful?
A: Tolerance of pain is very individual from person to person. No anaesthetics are required, and most people describe the sensation as similar to that of a rubber band snapping onto the skin, followed by a warm sensation lasting several minutes. You may find it comforting to cool the skin after the treatment; but most people find the treatment extremely tolerable and do not need to cool the skin. We do however apply aloe vera and a hydrating serum, and we ensure that you do not leave the clinic feeling too hot. We also offer a mineral make-over completely free of charge so you leave looking great. For men (or women) who do not want this option, you are welcome to relax with a drink, some refreshments and magazines, to allow any redness (if indeed there is any) to subside.