Thread Veins (Spider Veins)

Professor McWhinnie is an experienced vascular surgeon and has treated thousands of patients with thread veins for over 25 years at the Saxon Clinic.

What are thread veins?

Medically called ‘telangiectasia’, thread veins, also known as spider veins, are very small blood vessels within the skin (the dermis) that have become dilated and visible. They commonly occur on the legs, ankles and face. The condition can strike at any age although as with the majority of medical conditions, thread veins are more common the older one gets. Thread veins in the legs are often associated with varicose veins which are more common in women than men, therefore thread veins are more common in women. Spider veins on the face are often the result of tiny blood vessels bursting. Increased pressure or sun damage can cause this to occur.

Could they be a sign of any other conditions?

89% of women who have thread veins .consultation with Professor McWhinnie this will be discussed and you will be advised if you should require a scan to detect any varicose veins.

What causes thread veins?

The biggest influence on thread veins is your family history. Inactivity and being overweight increase the likelihood of varicose veins and complications and as many people with thread veins have varicose veins too then these factors may also be a contributing factor to thread veins.

Which products are effective for treating thread veins?

You can buy cosmetic leg make-up to hide thread veins, should you wish, however full removal can only be achivied through medical treatment.

What are the recommended treatments for thread veins?

There are several treatments for thread veins, including laser treatment, microsclerotherapy and Veinwave. Research has shown that leg thread veins may be best treated by microsclerotherapy. Finer thread veins, particularly on the face or legs can be treated with Veinwave. Professor McWhinnie will discuss the options available and advise as to the best treatment in your specific case. It is likely that you will need a course of several treatments.

How is the treatment carried out?

The procedures are carried out as an out-patient, walk in walk out, treatment and do not require an anaesthetic. There may be some redness in the treated area for 24 to 48 hours following the procedure. Microsclerotherapy treatment requires the area to be bandaged for about 2 hours. You may return to normal activities immediately following any of the procedures.

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