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Facial Thread Veins

The Problem

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.

Facial Thread Veins before and after

Facial Thread vein removal before after photo

Thread veins can also appear on the legs and under the eyes.

Facial Thread vein removal treatment is available at our London Harley StreetBirminghamBristol, GlasgowLeeds and Manchester

The Problem

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.

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.

The Results

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.


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.

Why do I have red veins on my face?

Red veins on your face are usually thread or spider veins. Thread / Spider veins are broken blood vessels on the face that appear just under the surface of the skin.  There are a number of reasons why these have appeared which includes; sun damage, rosacea, alcohol consumption, genetics, illness, injury, hormones and genetics.

To find out more about red veins on the face visit us for a consultation with one of our facial vein experts.

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.

What type of facial veins can be treated?

Our facial vein treatments can effectively remove small facial veins such as thread veins, spider veins and telangiectasia.

We use IPL or Cutera CoolGlide / ND YAG laser treatments to treat facial thread veins.

To find out if you are suitable for thread vein treatment visit us for a free consultation.

Do spider veins on the face go away?

Spider veins on the face are caused by broken blood vessels. Depending on what caused these broken blood vessels will determine if facial veins will go away without treatment. Usually if you notice facial veins after you have experienced an injury or have been unwell then they are likely to disappear over time. If you are prone to developing facial veins, they run in your family or you have had them for a long period of time then it is likely that you will need to seek treatment in order for them to go away.

To find out if you need facial vein treatment why not book a consultation with one of our experts who will be able to give you advise on the best treatment for you.

Are facial thread veins dangerous?

Generally, facial thread veins are not dangerous and in some cases they even disappear on their own. However, they can sometimes signify a more severe medical condition such as;

  • Bloom Syndrome
  • Ataxia Talengiectasia
  • Spider Angioma
  • Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP)
  • Osler-Weber-Rendu Syndrome / Hereditary Hemorrhagic telangiecastia (HHT)
  • Port-wine Stain
  • Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS)
  • Liver Disease
  • Roscaea

In most cases, these conditions will have a variety of other symptoms and you should visit your GP should you believe that none of the common causes we have mentioned have resulted in the appearance of your facial thread veins.

In the vast majority of cases, facial thread veins are not dangerous and patients only seek removal for cosmetic purposes. Thread vein treatment is not actively available on the NHS so you will need to seek private treatment instead.

How do I prevent spider veins on my face?

There 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 do I prepare for facial vein treatment?

Patients will need to attend a consultation with one of our facial vein experts to determine if they are suitable for treatment. During this consultation your faical vein expert will go through your medical history and examine the areas which you wish to be treated. If suitable for treatment you will need to have a patch test before booking a treatment appointment. We also advise that patients must not be tanned which includes fake tan and that they should avoid using any exfoliators, retinols or fruit acids 5-7 days before their treatment.

How does IPL vein removal work?

IPL Photorejuvenation uses an intense pulsed light which is passed over the skin heating the blood vessels beneath the skin. Heating the blood vessels in this way results in them reducing in size. The intense pulsed light targets the feeder part of the vein which works to constrict the capillaries and coagulate the blood inside the vessel. Some veins will disappear straight away but some may instead change colour before being gradually re-absorbed into the body.

Book a free consultation to find out more about IPL treatment for facial thread veins.

How does Cutera CoolGlide vein removal work?

The Cutera CoolGlide treatment uses laser wavelengths to target thread veins on the face. The pulses of light energy cause the blood within the veins to coagulate which causes the vessel to become destroyed and is then reabsorbed by the body.

Book a free consultation to find out more about Cutera CoolGlide treatment for facial thread veins.

Does facial vein treatment hurt?

Facial vein treatment with the Cutera CoolGlide or IPL has been described as the feeling of tiny pin pricks or an elastic band being snapped against the skin. The vast majority of our patients find treatment to be very tolerable. A patch test is a great way to determine if you would be able to tolerate the treatment.

Is facial vein treatment permanent?

Both IPL and Cutera CoolGlide treatments are designed to permanently treat each vein however if you are prone to developing veins then the treatments are unable to stop this happening. The treatments can be performed again on any new veins that appear.

How many facial vein treatments will I need?

Overall, the amount of treatments that you will need to treat facial thread veins will depend on the severity and amount of veins you have to be treated.

For IPL Photorejuenation treatment we usually recommend that patients have a course of 5 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart. For Cutera CoolGlide treatment we recommend 3 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart.

To find out more about facial thread vein treatments visit us for a free consultation.

What aftercare is required after facial thread vein treatment?

We recommend that patients avoid excessive heat including hot baths/showers, saunas and steam rooms for 48 hours post treatment. Exercise including swimming should also be avoided for 48 hours. Sun exposure should be limited for at least 2-3 weeks post treatment and protection should be used in the months following your facial vein procedures. Patients should also avoid using perfumed creams or products on the skin for 48 hours and exfoliators, retinols and fruit acids should be avoided for a week post-treatment.

Can I wear make-up after facial vein treatment?

At The Private Clinic we recommend wearing a good quality mineral makeup post treatment as the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide commonly found in many types of mineral make-up will help to soothe and calm the skin.

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.

See here for more FAQs on IPL Photorejuvenation treatment.

See here for more FAQs on Thread Vein treatment.

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