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Facial Thread Veins

Walk in, walk out procedure with minimal aftercare required

We have performed over 7,000 vein treatments

See an improvement after the first treatment

Little to no downtime

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We have performed over 7,000 vein treatments

See an improvement after the first treatment

Little to no downtime

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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.

Last Reviewed July 16th 2020

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Facial veins are very common as there are many different causes from genetics to sun exposure. Although thread veins are not usually dangerous they can be an unsightly concern for those affected.

Facial veins are usually thread veins which can also be referred to as spider veins, broken blood vessels, broken capillaries, facial telangiectasia and rosacea veins. They are usually no cause for medical concern but can leave patients feeling self-conscious and less confident about their appearance. Facial thread veins are red, blue or purple in colour and can appear all over the face but most commonly on the cheeks, chin, around the nose and under the eyes.

Thread veins on the face are typically broken blood vessels that have become more noticeable.

What causes veins on the face?

  • Genetics – Some patients unfortunately are just predisposed to developing facial thread veins, especially if they notice other members of their family having them.
  • Age – As patients age, their skin becomes thinner and starts to loose elasticity which can cause veins to become more noticeable under the surface of the skin.
  • Rosacea – Patients who have rosacea may find themselves more susceptible to developing facial thread veins as their skin is often red and flushed due to enlarged veins.
  • Illness – Sudden changes in pressure such as sneezing, blowing your nose or vomiting can also cause small broken blood vessels to appear so if you have been unwell recently this may indirectly be the cause.
  • Sun Exposure – Excessive exposure to the sun can cause free radical damage resulting in the blood vessels in your face to becoming enlarged which makes them more noticeable from the surface of your skin.
  • Environment – Exposing your skin to certain chemicals or environmental pollutants may damage the skin’s surface which can make thread veins more visible.
  • Temperature Changes – A sudden change in temperature may have an impact on your circulation. Some patients may notice their face being flushed which can result in blood vessels bursting causing a spider vein to appear.
  • Trauma – Bruising after an injury can cause broken blood vessels however these often heal and disappear along with the bruised skin.
  • Lifestyle – Lifestyle changes can include not exercising enough or exercising too much and suffering from too much stress. Eyestrain and insomnia can also result in spider vein formation on the face.
  • Pregnancy – Hormonal changes in the body may cause broken blood vessels to appear close to the surface of the skin. In most instances, these thread veins will disappear after giving birth.
  • Alcohol – Excessive or frequent alcohol consumption can lead to long-lasting blood vessel damage which can cause spider veins and redness to appear on the face.

The Private Clinic is a UK centre of excellence for the minimally invasive treatment of veins. Whether you suffer from varicose veins, facial veins, spider veins or thread veins on legs, we provide the highest standard of clinical care and the latest technologies available in the industry. The Private Clinic has carried out over 7,000 procedures in treating Veins.

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Procedure Time

30 - 60 mins

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Driving

24 - 48 hours

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Back to work

1 - 3 days

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Exercise

1 - 2 weeks

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Support Garments

Compression stockings 2 weeks

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Anaesthetic Type

Local anaesthetic

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Washing

3 days

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Up & Mobile

1 day

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Travel

3 weeks

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Final Results

6 weeks

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None, daycase

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Sexual Activity

4 - 6 weeks

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Recovery Time

6 weeks

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Before & After

We are one of the UK’s centers of excellence for minimally invasive treatments for vein problems. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent results and aftercare in Vein procedures. See our before and after facial thread vein photos from our specialist vascular surgeons below. The best option is to book a consultation to discuss the best procedure for you and to see more before and after photos for vein removal.

What to Expect

The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 35 years with thousands of people placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.

  • The Procedure
  • Aftercare

Facial Thread Veins Treatment

We have a couple of different treatment options for facial thread veins here at The Private Clinic. All treatments are non-surgical, minimally invasive and don’t require a huge downtime.

IPL Photo Rejuvenation

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a non-invasive skin treatment that uses IPL technology to help improve and reduce the appearance of facial thread veins. The advanced technology advanced technology allow us to customise treatments for different skin tones and conditions.

The treatments begins with a quick cleanse of the skin before protective eyewear is placed over the eyes to protect them from the light.  The IPL hand piece will then be gently placed onto the skin where it will emit an intense pulsed light. This light works to heat up the vein causing the vein to then collapse and be naturally absorbed by the body. IPL devices can produce different types of pulsed light making it an ideal treatment for different variations of facial veins. IPL only affects the lower layers of the skin allowing it to reach the spider veins without causing damage to the surface of the skin. IPL also has an added benefit for pigmentation and sun spots, giving an overall rejuvenated appearance to the face.

Cutera CoolGlide / ND YAG

Cutera CoolGlide is a non-invasive laser treatment also known as ND YAG that can be used to treat individual veins on the face or legs.

The treatment will begin with cleansing the face and then protective eyewear will be placed over the eyes. The CoolGlide hand piece will be passed over the skin delivering pulses of light energy over the skin which causes the blood in the thread veins to coagulate resulting in the vessel closing. Once closed, the thread vein will then be re-absorbed by the body and blood is redirected to deeper veins where it will not be visible.

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After Facial Thread Vein Treatment

Improvements will be seen a week after each IPL treatment but the best results are seen 3-5 months after your last treatment. We recommend that patients have a course of 5 IPL treatments spaced 4 weeks apart.

Most patients start to see an improvement in the appearance of their facial veins within 2-6 weeks after Cutera CoolGlide treatment but the final results may take 3-5 months to be fully seen. The number of treatments required will depend on the amount, size and colour of the veins being treated but we usually recommend, 3 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart

You may notice a little redness and in rare cases, bruising on the skin near the treated spider veins after IPL or Cutera CoolGlide treatment this should fade within week. Following IPL the skin can be a little swollen this will subside within the first 48 hours. You will need to avoid sun exposure for 3-4 weeks by using a high SPF sunscreen.

Facial Thread Veins Treatment

We have a couple of different treatment options for facial thread veins here at The Private Clinic. All treatments are non-surgical, minimally invasive and don’t require a huge downtime.

IPL Photo Rejuvenation

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a non-invasive skin treatment that uses IPL technology to help improve and reduce the appearance of facial thread veins. The advanced technology advanced technology allow us to customise treatments for different skin tones and conditions.

The treatments begins with a quick cleanse of the skin before protective eyewear is placed over the eyes to protect them from the light.  The IPL hand piece will then be gently placed onto the skin where it will emit an intense pulsed light. This light works to heat up the vein causing the vein to then collapse and be naturally absorbed by the body. IPL devices can produce different types of pulsed light making it an ideal treatment for different variations of facial veins. IPL only affects the lower layers of the skin allowing it to reach the spider veins without causing damage to the surface of the skin. IPL also has an added benefit for pigmentation and sun spots, giving an overall rejuvenated appearance to the face.

Cutera CoolGlide / ND YAG

Cutera CoolGlide is a non-invasive laser treatment also known as ND YAG that can be used to treat individual veins on the face or legs.

The treatment will begin with cleansing the face and then protective eyewear will be placed over the eyes. The CoolGlide hand piece will be passed over the skin delivering pulses of light energy over the skin which causes the blood in the thread veins to coagulate resulting in the vessel closing. Once closed, the thread vein will then be re-absorbed by the body and blood is redirected to deeper veins where it will not be visible.

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After Facial Thread Vein Treatment

Improvements will be seen a week after each IPL treatment but the best results are seen 3-5 months after your last treatment. We recommend that patients have a course of 5 IPL treatments spaced 4 weeks apart.

Most patients start to see an improvement in the appearance of their facial veins within 2-6 weeks after Cutera CoolGlide treatment but the final results may take 3-5 months to be fully seen. The number of treatments required will depend on the amount, size and colour of the veins being treated but we usually recommend, 3 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart

You may notice a little redness and in rare cases, bruising on the skin near the treated spider veins after IPL or Cutera CoolGlide treatment this should fade within week. Following IPL the skin can be a little swollen this will subside within the first 48 hours. You will need to avoid sun exposure for 3-4 weeks by using a high SPF sunscreen.

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FAQs

  • What causes spider veins on the face?

    Spider veins or thread veins on the face are broken blood vessels that have become dilated and more noticeable. There are a number of different causes as to why facial spider / thread veins have developed which include; injury, sun damage, hormonal changes, pregnancy, topical irritants, genetics, ageing, pregnancy and excessive alcohol consumption.

  • How can I get rid of facial spider veins?

    Laser treatments are a great way to treat facial spider veins. The lasers target the blood vessels causing them to become smaller and gradually fade of the course of a week or two. The laser does not damage the surface of the skin meaning patients do not experience downtime or require time off work.  To find out more about facial spider vein treatment book a consultation to speak to one of our experts.

  • How do I prevent spider veins on my face?

    here are presentations you can take to try and avoid developing facial thread veins. These include;

    Regular Exercise – This helps to improve your circulation and vein strength.
    Avoid extreme heat – Washing your face with hot water, saunas and hot weather can increase your risk of broken blood vessels. Try to turn down the heat in your shower and limit your time in spas/saunas.

    Sun Protection – Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the best ways to avoid facial veins. Excess sun or heat exposure can cause broken blood vessels, be sure to use SPF protection and using a simple cold compress after heat exposure can reduce the appearance of burst blood vessels.

    Avoid Vasodilators – Vasodilaters encourage vessels to fill with blood which can make spider veins more noticeable. Common examples of vasodilaters are caffeine, spicy food and alcohol

  • How much does facial thread vein treatment cost?

    Facial thread vein treatment with IPL
    IPL Full Face – £200
    IPL Course of 5 – £800

    Facial thread vein treatment Cutera CoolGlide / ND YAG
    Small area – £200
    Small area course of 3 – £500
    Large area – £400
    Large area course of 3 – £1,000
    Prices for Facial thread vein treatment will vary if a longer or shorter session is needed.
    For a more accurate quote, visit us for a free consultation with one of our facial thread vein experts.
    Are there any risks or side effects to facial vein treatment?
    Facial Thread Vein treatment may leave skin looking red after the procedure, this is very normal and will not last long often resolving in 24 hours.
    Other rare side effects from facial vein treatment include swelling, bruising, temporary lightening or darkening of the skin and superficial blisters. These will all be temporary and tend to disappear after a few days.

    A full list of side effects and risk from treatments will be discussed at your initial consultation.
    Can sclerotherapy be used to treat large facial veins?
    At The Private Clinic, we do not recommend using sclerotherapy to treat facial thread veins. We instead use surface laser treatments such as IPL or the Cutera CoolGlide. We recommend seeking an expert who has experience in treating facial veins.

    Sclerotherapy can be used to treat thread veins on the legs and foam sclerotherapy is commonly used to treat Varicose veins. At The Private Clinic we have performed over 7,000 vein procedures.

    We have a team of facial thread vein experts who will be able to discuss treatment options with you in a free consultation.

  • Where can I have facial thread vein removal treatment?

    Facial thread vein removal treatment is available at our clinics located in;

    • London – 98 Harley street, W1G7HZ
    • Manchester – 25 St John Street, M3 4DT
    • Birmingham – 88 Hagley Road, B16 8LU – West Midlands
    • Leeds – 45 Park Square North, LS1 2NP – Yorkshire
    • Bristol – 92c Whiteladies Road, BS8 2QN – Clifton

    To find out more about booking a consultation at a clinic near you, contact us here.

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