Thread veins are broken blood vessels on the face that occur beneath the skins surface. They are usually red in colour and can take on a web-shaped appearance which is why they are often referred to as spider veins.
What causes facial thread veins?
There are a number of reasons why you may have developed facial thread veins which includes:
- Illness (excessive blowing of the nose, vomiting)
- Sun Damage
- Environmental Irritants (Exposure to chemicals or pollutants)
- Frequent alcohol consumption
- Lifestyle (stress, lack of sleep)
- Temperature change
How do you get rid of thread veins on your face?
There are a range of treatment options that can help to treat facial thread veins
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photorejuvenation
What is it? IPL is a non-invasive skin treatment that can help to improve and reduce the appearance of facial thread veins with the use of advanced IPL technology. The treatment can be customised to suit all skin types and conditions.
How does it work? The heat of the intense pulsed light heats up the vein which causes it to collapse. The vein is then naturally absorbed by the body. This will then disappear from view on the surface of the skin if the treatment has been successful.
Is there any downtime? The skin may appear red and swollen for the initial 24 hours following treatment but otherwise no significant downtime. Patients are expected to avoid sun exposure for 3-4 weeks following treatment.
When will I see results? The best results are seen 3-5 months after a course of 5 IPL treatments which will be spaced 4 weeks apart.
What is it? Cutera CoolGlide is a non-invasive laser treatment that is also known as ND YAG. It can be used to treat thread veins on the face, including veins under the eyes and also thread veins on the legs.
How does it work? The pulses of light energy cause the blood within the thread veins to coagulate which causes the vessel to close. Once the thread vein vessel is closed, it will be re-absorbed by the body and the blood is re-routed to veins located deeper under the skin.
Is there any downtime? The skin may be red in the hours following treatment and bruising can sometimes occur. You will need to avoid sun exposure for 3-4 weeks and use a high SPF sunscreen on the areas treated.
When will I see results? Many patients begin to see an improvement in the appearance of facial veins 2-6 weeks after treatment, but the final results can take 3-5 months to be seen. The amount of treatments required will vary between patients but in most cases, we recommend 3 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart.
How do you treat thread veins?
For thread veins that are not on the face, we also offer sclerotherapy treatment.
What is it? Sclerotherapy is an injectable treatment where a sclerosing agent is injected into the veins being targeted.
How does it work? The sclerosing agent helps to seal the blood vessels which results in the blood leaving the vein and the vein being naturally absorbed by the body. The blood is re-directed to veins located deeper under the skin.
Is there any downtime? The area treated following treatment may appear red and irritated and in some cases bruising may occur. Patients are required to wear compression stockings and the treated areas must be kept out of the sun for 6 weeks following treatment.
When will I see results? Patients often notice that small thread veins appear reduced after 3-6 weeks, but larger thread veins may take 3-4 months before results are seen. Multiple treatments may also be required in order to achieve the most effective result.
Can broken capillaries on the face go away?
In some cases, broken capillaries on the face may heal on their own but generally, if they have not cleared up within 3-6 months then they are likely to need further treatment. If you are visited your GP about broken capillaries on the face they may have prescribed or suggested a topical retinoid cream which can help to reduce the visibility of the veins but this is often only a short term fix and you will need to apply the cream everyday to maintain the results.
The best way to treat broken capillaries or spider veins on the face is to have them professionally treated with IPL treatment or NG YAG laser treatment.
There are also a variety of ways you can prevent broken capillaries from occurring on the face such as;
- Wearing sun protection
- Not over exfoliating
- Only washing your face with lukewarm water
- Get plenty of Vitamin C
The Private Clinic thread or spider vein treatments
Having performed over 7,000 vein treatments, The Private Clinic has an excellent track-record on removing thread or spider veins providing minimally invasive treatments utilising the latest technologies.
- See our thread vein before and after result photo gallery
- See our under eye vein before and after results photo gallery
- Read our extensive thread vein FAQs
- Take a look at our thread spider vein blogs
To find out more about facial thread vein treatment at The Private Clinic or to book a consultation, please contact us on 0333 920 2471 or use our facial thread vein online contact form.