Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Leg thread veins also known as spider veins are blood vessels at the surface of the skin that look like a multitude of pink-purple lines. The veins are not damaged or broken but simply enlarged. Most of the people get thread veins due to getting old. Removing them has visible aesthetic benefits and if untreated it will eventually result in their enlargement and number increasing.
Removing leg thread veins is not a painful or complicated procedure. It involves just a consultation and the procedure itself. Skin problems often make patients be self-conscious and hide the affected areas. The main benefit of thread veins removal would be the improvement of the aspect of skin.
Thread vein removal has no specific requirements when it comes to the appropriate candidates. A generally good health and no specific medical background or any other skin problems that might interfere with the procedure is enough to make a good candidate out of anyone. The appearance of veins on the body or face of the patients is enough in order to require such procedure. The best way to determine whether you are or not a good candidate for such removal method is to address to a specialist.
It is highly required to make the difference between thread veins and varicose veins. Thread veins are under the skin and do not present any kind of swelling. Varicose veins represent enlarged veins that pop up under the skin and they often occur in legs and feet area. The treatment for such vein enlargement is different. If you are not sure what the issue with the veins is, it is better to consult a doctor’s opinion just to make sure you are interested in the right procedure.
Prior to any surgery, you will have a consultation with the surgeon. If any medication is taken, it is important to let the doctor know in case there might be side effects that occur with the procedure. The consultation will include an examination of the affected area to determine if the removal method is appropriate or not for the type of vein problem that might exist. The patient will be thoroughly informed about each step of the procedure. If you have any questions regarding the procedure, make sure to ask them during the consultation. The doctor will be able to discuss any questions about the results and recovery period.
Being a cosmetic problem, thread veins can be treated with the help of various methods. Microsclerotherapy is one of the most used, easy and efficient procedures that can be performed on thread veins. This kind of therapy includes injections with a very small needle. The procedure is not painful or harmful in any way and it involves injecting a local anaesthetic combined with the sclerosant solution. The pricking sensation of the needled is barely noticeable. The injection with the liquid that destroys the veins is in small amounts. In order for the veins to fully disappear it is required to compress them by simply taping a swab to the skin.
After the procedure, the patient is advised to continue compressing the thread veins for the next two or three weeks. The human body is capable of turning dead veins into scar tissue and this will prevent thread veins from reappearing. If the compression will be stopped too early, the blood will be returning to each vein causing them to clog and produce staining on the skin. You can find out more about this procedure contacting Centre for Surgery.
No recovery period is needed following this procedure. However, there are certain requirements patients must adhere to for several weeks to prevent thread veins from reappearing. These include:
After the procedure, your skin may appear bruised, with the injection places looking like small red dots. To help with recovery, and to avoid the thread veins reappearing, it is strongly recommended to keep your skin compressed, particularly with a special type of stocking.
There are some side effects that can occur after the procedure is done. Following the doctor’s advice is paramount in such situations. Some of the main side effects that a patient can encounter include:
No. The only thing the patient will feel is discomfort in the area and a little bit of pressure due to the use of small needles. The solution injected in the veins is mixed with a local anaesthetic and this way the affected area will be numb. Several hours before the procedure, the patient might be advised to take specific medication for avoiding pain of any kind.
The removal of thread veins is an easy procedure no matter the variant the patient is choosing. It takes from twenty to forty minutes depending on the size of the affected area. Although it may sound too long, it is not. Thread veins removal is a precise procedure which requires attention and patience.
For completely removing thread veins up to three sessions are necessary. The doctor may assign the sessions to each patient according to their needs. The treatments should be done at 10 weekly intervals.
There is a possibility for thread veins to reappear, especially if the post-procedure recommendations are not being followed.