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Thread veins are small blood vessels that run close to the surface of the skin and have the appearance of fine red, or purple squiggles. Other names are ‘spider veins’ or ‘broken veins’, the veins are infact not broken but just enlarged. They may appear on the face of legs.

EA Clinic offers 4 main modalities to remove thread veins.
1. Thermocoagulation (face)
2. ND Yag lasering (face, body & legs)
3. IPL (face)
4. Microsclerotherapy (body & face)

Thermocoagulation is specifically for the treatment of fine thread veins on the face, telangiectasia (Spider Veins), psoriasis and rosacea. This technique can be used on any skin type and causes no bruising, or need for any type of bandages. It utilises an ultra fine insulated sterile needle that allows accurate application of the treatment whilst protecting the skin and the surrounding tissue.

ND Yag lasering can be used all over the body and usually requires the use of topical anaesthetic cream 45 minutes before treatment. We often use it with intraocular light shields when working on the eyelids to remove the vessels to improve the dark circles around the eyes.

IPL therapy provides a long term solution to facial problems such as red flushing (Rosacea), thread veins and red spots (Campbell de Morgan). The thread veins that make up redness, are heated by the energy from the light, causing the body to reabsorb the veins. Additionally, the light energy warms the collagen fibres in the skin, which stimulates new collagen and collagen re-modelling, helping to reduce further blood vessel dilation which causes redness. The size of the head is large and so it can cover a large area within a short period of time and is ideal for scattered threadveins covering a large area on the face.

Microsclerotherapy is mostly used to treat spider veins or thread veins on the legs. It is a simple procedure which involves injecting a liquid into the veins that destroys them and causes them to disappear over time. It is suitable for use on thread veins on the legs or body, provided they are beneath the heart. We do not use it on the face. Microsclerotherapy is the most preferable treatment for thread veins below the heart and we often combine it with ND YAG lasering to get the best results.

Thread veins on the face are better treated with Electro Surgery, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or laser.


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