Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Thread veins can often occur for a range of reasons, the most common being family history, pregnancy hormones, obesity, smoking or sun exposure. Thread veins can occur in both men and women; however, they are more apparent in women. By the time women are 40, nearly half of women will have thread veins.
Thread veins can appear around the body and the face, particularly on the nose. They can often be unsightly and, due to being on the face, can often cause confidence and self-image issues. As a result of this, those with thread veins often try to seek out ways to remove the veins.
Those who have thread veins on the face want to ensure they are not left with any visible scarring. Fortunately, laser thread vein removal ensures the veins are removed without you even having to go under the knife.
Lasers target the veins and remove them while leaving the skin undamaged and scar-free. The lasers target the veins and cut off the blood supply to the vein. The vein is then naturally absorbed by the body and is no longer visible.
It is important to note that spider veins are different to varicose veins, which will appear larger than thread veins, and will have different options for removal.
You will be a suitable candidate if you have thread veins which you are wishing to remove through the use of lasers.
Prior to undergoing laser thread vein removal, you will need to have a consultation with one of our surgeons. They will be able to assess your thread veins and decide whether laser removal is the best method for you.
Laser thread vein removal involves using a laser on the skin. This laser passes through the skin and heats the blood vessels. This causes the blood vessel to coagulate, which results in the vein breaking down. Over time, the vein is then naturally absorbed by the body, removing it from view. You will then be left with smooth, vein-free skin.
Depending on how many spider veins you have, you may need to undertake repeat treatments to achieve the best results and remove all of the veins. You may need up to five treatments before the spider veins have completely been removed by the laser.
As this is a non-surgical procedure, it will not require any downtime.
You will have to take certain precautions in the first 24 hours following the laser removal. We recommend you avoid gym activities, excess sun exposure, saunas, baths or activities which will overheat you. Avoid using creams, perfume products and creams for the first 48 hours.
You may notice redness, swelling and itching, which will last 24 to 48 hours.
You may notice that the veins appear to get worse before they begin to fade.
Thread veins are red or blue blood vessels that twist around and appear close to the surface of the skin. They generally appear on the face or on the legs.
There are various methods which can be undertaken to remove thread veins. One method is through the use of lasers. This is a non-surgical, minimally invasive method for removal.
Laser removal involves using a laser on the veins. The laser heats the blood vessels, causing them to coagulate. The blood vessels then break down, and over time are naturally absorbed by the body. This causes the thread veins to be removed from view.
Most of the time, thread veins are generally just a cosmetic problem. Thread veins are very small in size, appearing less than 3mm in size. These can appear in the legs and the face. They do not necessarily have to be removed. However, as they appear on the face, patients often choose to remove them for aesthetic reasons.
Meanwhile, varicose veins are larger in size, appearing larger than 3mm. They can often appear as a result of an underlying health issue. As a result of this, it is recommended that they are removed.
Most patients will experience slight discomfort throughout the procedure. We are able to stop the procedure at any time if you do need a break. If necessary, numbing cream can be applied to the area to help reduce any discomfort.
This is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure, so there will be very little recovery.
You will have to avoid excess heat for the first 24 hours – this includes from the gym, baths or saunas. You should also avoid excess sun exposure, or apply sunscreen before going outside.
You may experience redness, itching and bruising, which will last between 24 to 48 hours.
This will depend on how many thread veins you have and how you respond to the initial treatment. You may need to undertake up to five treatments to achieve the best results.