Many people suffer from thread or spider veins, a smaller type of vein similar to varicose veins. Thread veins tend to appear around the legs; however, they can also develop around the face and under the eyes.
In this blog post, we will be going through everything about thread veins so you know what to expect about the treatments available and the different types of thread veins.
What are thread veins?
Thread veins, also known as spider veins are red or blue small veins located in the surface of the skin, unlike varicose veins which tend to be bigger and are blue or purple. Thread veins usually appear around the legs on calves, thighs, and ankles and can also be present on the face, as facial veins. Many people tend to seek treatment for their thread or spider veins for aesthetic reasons; however, having thread veins can mean a higher risk of underlying vein issues.
What are the causes of thread veins?
Thread or spider veins are veins whose valves have been damaged and no longer are able to return the blood to the lungs and heart. When the valves of the veins get damaged they can get enlarged and result in blood pooling, which can lead to the release of blood around the affected vein and cause staining. The main issue with thread veins is that the damaged veins can cause the veins around them to breakdown, further aggravating the issue.
When it comes to facial thread veins, these can be a result of a skin condition that affects the blood vessels known as Rosacea. Other reasons why thread veins may appear around the face could be due to excessive sun exposure and frequent sneezing or coughing.
Can my lifestyle be a cause of thread or spider veins?
Some lifestyle can certainly contribute to the appearance of thread or spider veins. For instance, people whose occupation requires standing or sitting for long periods of time tend to have a higher risk to suffer from thread veins. This is due to lack of correct blood pump across the body when sitting.
Other conditions, such as genetics play a huge role when it comes to developing thread or spider veins, as this condition can be inherited if a member of your family suffers from them. Pregnancy or a high BMI can further be other contributors to the appearance of thread veins due to the increased blood volume and vein pressure.
What treatments are there available to treat thread veins?
There are several treatments available to treat thread or spider vein depending in your condition. Your surgeon will be able to advise which one would be the most suitable.
- Sclerotherapy or Micro-Sclerotherapy – Consists of injection of liquid sclerotherapy, a chemical irritant that causes the wall of the affected vein to collapse, so the blood can then be re-diverted causing the vein to disappear. This treatment is minimally invasive and there is very little downtime associated with it.
- Cutera CoolGlide – This is a laser treatment which uses intense light to coagulate the blood within the affected veins to then divert it to other veins located deeper below the skin surface. This treatment is able to remove the thread veins so they can be slowly absorbed by the body. The Cutera CoolGlide can be used all over the body.
- IPL is another alternative to teat thread veins on the skin which are formed due to skin conditions as Rosacea. The IPL treatment uses light diffusion to heat up the skin to remove and reduce the appearance of these types of veins.
Why The Private Clinic for Spider Veins treatment
The Private Clinic has over 35 years of medical experience and have carried out over 7,000 procedures in treating Veins. When it comes to treating thread or spider veins we specialise in minimally invasive treatments using the latest and most innovative methods available, performed by our expert vascular surgeons.
To book a consultation with any of our highly experienced surgeons across the UK, call us on 0333 920 2471 To find more before and after photos of our thread vein patients, please visit our thread vein page on our website.