Spider or thread veins, also known as telangiectasia, are superficial, tiny blood vessels in the form of red or purple wavy lines. They develop due to age, hormone changes during pregnancy or menopause, genetics, extreme temperatures and some medications. Although they do not present any health risks, they can affect self-confidence of many people.
Spider veins are not varicose veins, which are swollen and enlarged veins of bigger calibre. These can appear on the face, body and legs and are very common, especially in women. Around one in five women in their 20s have thread veins, a figure that rises to around half by the age of forty and continues to increase. Smaller thread veins are easier to treat to prevent their further development.
Sclerotherapy. This treatment involves a very small needle to inject a medical solution – sclerosant that irritates the cell lining of the vein, causing the walls of the vessel to stick together. The vein gradually shrinks and disappears over a period of about eight weeks. Your veins will be assessed at the initial consultation with advice about treatment suitability and number of sessions, required to achieve satisfactory results.
ThermaVein is used for facial thread veins as a very safe, fast and effective treatment using an insulated probe to cause the veins to empty. This treatment offers consistent results and the highest patients’ safety rating without possibility of burns or bruising in comparison to other technologies.