THREAD VEIN REDUCTION
At Omniya Clinic in London
They may be small, red spidery veins on your face, legs or another part of your body and although they may not be immediately obvious to other people, you may be very aware of your thread veins. The good news is that there is are effective thread vein reduction treatments at Omniya Clinic in the form of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment and Sterex Advanced Electrolysis.
Whilst you can take steps to prevent thread veins if they do appear they are harmless and not painful. But you may not like the look of them – and this could zap your confidence as a result. With IPL and Advanced Electrolysis treatments in our London clinic, you could reduce the appearance of thread veins and boost your confidence in your skin.
Thread Vein Reduction at Omniya Clinic London
Overview of Thread Vein Treatment
Effective Intense Pulse Light (IPL) therapy
Bearable pain and non-invasive
Few side effects
Boosts skin condition
Thread Vein Treatment Overview
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Thread Vein Reduction Treatment Information
What are thread veins?
Veins thread their way across our entire body and can be found just under the surface of the skin. If our vein were laid out end to end, the line would stretch out to 100,000 miles.
Veins are important because they take deoxygenated blood – blood that our muscles and organs have used for energy and other activities – back to the heart. A complex organ, it pumps more oxygen back into the blood and then pumps it through our arteries, the main vessels that carry blood under pressure so that it reaches from our brains to the tips of our toes.
For many people, veins remain under the skin, hidden from few. But for others, in some areas of the body such as the legs, veins can rise to the surface in sometimes small patches but they can also become large and prominent.
Like a blemish on the skin, you can be conscious of them and when they zap away at your confidence, the time has come to take action.
Why do we get thread veins?
Medically known as telangiectasis, thread veins are not a medical condition but are considered an aesthetic one unless they are linked to another underlying condition such as varicose veins.
Thread veins are the very small blood vessels that live in the dermis, the living layer of skin that also houses thousands of nerve ending. Very small thread veins are red, changing in colour the bigger they get. They can be purple, then red and finally green.
Thread veins can appear at any age although they are more likely to strike as you become older – but that doesn’t mean younger people can’t get them.
Many factors contribute to thread veins becoming more prominent;
- They can be in your genes – if other members of your family suffer from thread veins, especially either or both of your parents, the more likely you are to get them too.
- Trauma – although rare, there is a school of thought that trauma to the skin, such as crushing can lead to thread veins developing in that area.
- Lifestyle choices – at one time, people assumed that crossing your legs at the knee when you sit, the wearing of tights and other factors contributed to thread veins. Today, like many other conditions, we now know that being overweight, being inactive, sitting for long periods and other factors of modern life may contribute to thread veins.
- Hormones – there are some instances of thread veins becoming more common during pregnancy and has also been linked to changing oestrogen levels although medical science is yet to determine why. That said, unlike many other conditions, there seems to be a relatively even split between men and women finding thread veins a problem.
Where on the body do they appear?
Thread veins are weaved across our entire body and so the potential for them to become more prominent is not limited to one area. That said, they are more common on the face and the legs.
Facial thread veins
As well as the factors mentioned previously, there are a few other reasons why thread veins can be a problem on the face, especially on the cheeks, around the nose and on the nose itself;
- Sun exposure – we know the importance of wearing sun cream but until recent years, we have only done this when the sun shines. There is evidence to strongly suggests we should be using UV sun protection cream during the winter too. Damage caused to the skin by the sun draws thread veins closer to the surface of the skin.
- Changes in weather and temperature – the British weather is notoriously unpredictable. One minute, we can be shivering from cold but the next, the mercury creeps up the thermometer. An increase in temperature causes the skin to flush, its mechanism to keep us cool but in doing so, blood vessels can burst, bringing thread veins to the surface.
- Changes in pressure – anything that causes veins to be pushed to the surface can lead to thread veins leaving their tell-tale mark. Sudden changes in your blood pressure that go on for some time may be the underlying cause.
- Environmental irritants – our skin is exposed to all kinds of pollutants and chemicals, the face more so. These may have caused damage to the skin over time.
- Alcohol consumption – consuming high levels of alcohol causes the skin to flush and again, this may leave thread veins more visible.
- Rosacea – a common skin conditions, many people with rosacea find that they skin flushes or reddens easily. As well as managing flare-ups, thread veins may also be more prominent.
Thread veins in the legs
It is important not to confuse thread veins with varicose veins, a sometimes painful condition that requires medication and in some cases surgery.
Thread veins are very small, spider-like veins – hence the name spider veins which is also used to describe them – whereas varicose veins are larger and much more prominent.
The reasons why we suffer more with spider veins on the legs is unclear, although many experts believe that issues with blood pressure, inactivity, trauma and some lifestyle choices do have an impact.
Are thread veins common?
It is thought that 30% to 60% of people have thread veins. The largest group to suffer from thread veins are women but men are not far behind with small spider veins around the nose, legs and other areas also being problematic.
Can thread veins be cured?
Thread veins are not dangerous to health but for many people, they zap confidence. They sit like red blemishes on the skin and whilst they can be hidden with makeup, there are times when this isn’t possible.
Although not a medical issue, thread veins are an aesthetic one which is why people seek treatment and therapy. And the good news is that treatment and therapies for thread veins are effective.
What is thread vein reduction treatment?
Laser treatment is an effective method of treating spider veins which is why people turn to intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. used to treat thread veins and other skin conditions, IPL works by heating and damaging the vessels walls, causing them to collapse and disappear over time.
How does IPL treatment work?
When IPL is used to treat thread veins, the light generates heat in the veins, eventually, the vein will collapse and over time, the body will absorb them, a process that takes several weeks after treatments.
The reason behind its success is the fact that IPL penetrates the deeper layer of skin, rather than just the top layer. This means the light gets to the thread vein rather than burning the skin.
Emitting pulses of light, when the light hits your skin, it converts the light into heat. How much heat is produced depends on the colour of light being used. Different colours have different wavelengths which means they penetrate at different levels. When these colours combine they give off a white light, which is used in IPL sessions. This means that the light can penetrate at different layers, giving a more effective result.
IPL is used to treat a range of skin conditions other than thread veins. It has some success in treating acne, birthmarks and fine wrinkles for example.
What can I expect during IPL treatment for thread veins?
The procedure can take up to an hour, depending on the length of consultation and the size of the area being treated.
IPL can be used on any part of the body although the most effective results are seen on thread veins on the face. Although one session will produce good results, you may find you have to undergo multiple sessions although these are spaced four to six weeks apart.
Is IPL treatment painful?
The dermal fillers that are used at Omniya Clinic are reversible, and can be adjusted or removed, if you are having second thoughts. We would advise that you consider the treatment first, and not to take the decision lightly. Removing or dissolving filler with hyaluronidase gives the opportunity for avoidable complications.
How long does recovery take?
The great thins about IPL treatment for thread veins is not just that in the majority of cases it is successful but you can carry on with your normal activities straight after treatment.
That said, you may find the areas treated will be slightly red or even some slight bruising. Some people find the areas treated feels warm to the touch after treatment too, which is perfectly normal. You can use a small ice pack for a few minutes held gently on the affected area to help with this.
You should avoid activities after treatment that make you hot or cause flushing to your skin. Turn the temperature down on your shower a notch or two, opting for warm instead of a hot shower. Avoid saunas and baths for a day or two as well, just give your skin chance to recover but also for the IPL process to work.
You should also avoid sitting in harsh, direct sunlight too, especially if this means any treated areas will be exposed to the sun. After IPL treatment for facial thread veins, you should wear a high-SPF sun cream to protect your skin if you can’t stay out of the sun.
Are there side effects of IPL treatment?
It is a mild, non-invasive procedure with minimal side effects. It is common for the skin to take on a temporary redness in the treated area and a lightening or darkening of the skin. In very rare cases, there may be blistering too.
What are the benefits of thread vein removal?
The benefits of thread vein removal vary from one person to the next but most people say that the treatment to diminish these small spidery veins has;
- Improved their self-confidence, the main reasons why clients opt to have thread veins treated in the first place
- Boosted their confidence to wear certain styles of clothes and to stop ‘covering up’ parts of their body or wearing ‘heavy’ makeup
- Allowed them to access effective treatment with great results but hasn’t meant they had to put their life on hold. Many people have the treatment during their lunch break, for example, and then return to work.
- Helped them access effective treatment that is pain-free and non-invasive
Is thread vein reduction for everyone?
Thread vein reduction treatment with IPL is a safe procedure that has stunning results for many people. But there are some cases in which IPL is not a safe option:
- Pregnant women should avoid this kind of treatment
- Some skin conditions will also not react favourably to the pulses of light – there are other treatment options available
- Some medications and underlying health conditions may also mean that IPL is unsuitable
- If your skin is very sensitive to light
- It is also not recommended that have IPL treatment on tanned skin
Thread Vein Reduction FAQ’s
Two to three sessions are normally all that is needed to leave your skin smooth and blemish-free. Some people may need up to five treatments for the best results.
No, thread veins treated with IPL should not return but if there are underlying vein problems, such as varicose veins or venous insufficiency, spider veins can return.
Many people undergo IPL treatment for thread veins and then carry on with their daily activities.
Yes, when carried out by a qualified clinician in a hygienic setting such as a clinic.
As well as being genetic, there are lifestyle factors that could make you more prone to developing thread veins. Being active, following an active lifestyle and a balanced diet may help prevent them from developing.