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Varicose veins are a common problem, affecting up to 1 in 3 adults in their lifetime. They are usually a sign of an underlying venous insufficiency.
Thread veins can appear anywhere on the body but are mostly evidenced on the legs and face. They are more common than varicose veins, affecting up to 80% of adults.
Leg ulcers appear as broken skin in the lower leg or feet. We have been successfully treating venous leg ulcers for over 20 years.
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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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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. ThermaVein® is the brand name of the machine used to perform thermocoagulation.
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.
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.
Thermocoagulation is the best treatment to treat thread veins on the face:
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.
ThermaVein® 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.
Microsclerotherapy should not be used to treat facial thread veins.
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Here you can read our treatment pathway for facial thread vein treatment (via thermocoagulation) at Veincentre.
Please email photographs of your veins to firstname.lastname@example.org and answer our screening questions to confirm your suitability for Thermocoagulation. Our patient advisers are on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Once the photos have been reviewed and eligibility has been confirmed, you will have a face to face consultation with the nurse to go through your medical history and what to expect of the procedure, and treatment will then be carried out at the same appointment.
Depending on the extent of your facial thread veins, you may need to return for further treatment.