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Facial Thread Veins

The below content has been medically reviewed and approved by Vein Specialist Mrs Helen Burndred at Veincentre.

Last reviewed 1st March 2023.

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What are facial thread veins?

Thread veins on the face are broken blood vessels. Also known as facial spider veins, they form when the capillaries in the skin become dilated. As they get bigger, these capillaries emerge just below the surface of the skin.

They are a different matter to those on the legs, do not require scanning and are best treated by thermocoagulation. ThermaVeinĀ® is the brand name of the machine used to perform thermocoagulation.

What causes burst blood vessels on the face?

The most common reasons for facial thread veins and red veins are damaged, ageing skin and poor blood circulation, as well as prolonged exposure to the sun, weather changes, pregnancy, genetics and alcohol consumption. However, there are many other reasons why this may occur, and they can develop at any age.

How can you prevent facial thread veins?

There are a few things you can do to reduce the likelihood of developing facial thread veins. These include avoiding weather extremes (hot or cold) and using SPF sun cream to protect yourself. If you do find spider veins on your face after a day in the sun, a cold compress can reduce the redness.

What is the best treatment for facial thread veins?

Thermocoagulation is the best treatment to treat thread veins on the face:

  • The gold standard for red vein removal
  • Safe, effective & permanent
  • Instant visible changes

We are, however, unable to treat veins on the temple and around the eyes due to the close proximity of nerves to the surface of the skin in these areas.

ThermaVeinĀ® uses a microscopic needle to penetrate the skin just over the thread vein, administering heat to close it off. You will feel a slight pricking sensation as the needle goes in and as the energy is delivered.

Several treatment sessions may be required – after each, the treated veins disappear instantly, and you can go back to normal activities without restrictions. However, there will be a degree of redness and inflammation around the treated areas. This should settle within several days, if not hours.

MicrosclerotherapyĀ should not be used to treat facial thread veins.

We offer thermocoagulation at our clinics nationwide. Find your nearest clinic here.

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    Facial Thread Vein Treatment at Veincentre

    Here you can read our treatment pathway for facial thread vein treatment (via thermocoagulation) at Veincentre.


    At your consultation, your nurse will examine the area with a polarised light to determine the recommended treatment. On average, for facial thread veins, most people require 1 to 3 treatments. Leg thread veins may require around 3 to 5 treatments to achieve the desired result. We will assess your specific needs at this appointment.


    Treatment can be booked to directly follow your consultation, if arranged at the time of booking.
    Please note that we cannot 100% guarantee treatment until you have been assessed in person. Treatments take around half an hour, depending on the number of veins you have. We recommend a minimum of 4 weeks between treatment appointments.

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