Thread veins are tiny dilated red tubes that are visible on the surface of the skin. They are fairly common and not dangerous, although they may be signs of other damage to the body. If you have noticed thread veins on your face, you may feel self-conscious about them and find them difficult to conceal with make-up.
What causes thread veins?
The most common risk factor is age, as they frequently appear in people over 50 years old. This is because the skin becomes thinner and less resistant to damage, and the vessels become weaker and more prone to breaking. The hormonal changes during pregnancy are also thought to bring on the condition.
Other causes include rosacea, which is a skin condition that leads to redness and inflammation. Injuries, bruising, and even coughing and sneezing can also rupture blood vessels. Temperature changes, sunlight, topical steroids, and excessive alcohol consumption are known to enlarge the blood vessels, putting them at greater risk of breakage.
What can be done to treat thread veins?
Thread veins are treatable at professional cosmetic clinics with a procedure called Thermocoagulation, or Veinwave treatment. It uses microwave technology to destroy the thread veins, so that they become reabsorbed into the body. The procedure only targets the individual veins, so there is no damage to the surrounding area, and it is completely safe.
The treatment can be likened to the sensation of plucking hairs, which some people find more painful than others. It is not possible to use anaesthetic creams, but if needed, you can take a couple of paracetamol beforehand.
Any redness or marks should clear up within a few days. A soothing balm such as aloe vera gel can help to keep the area feeling comfortable. The procedure takes about 15-30 minutes, and depending on the severity, will need one or two sessions. If you are looking for thread vein treatment in Bristol, please contact us today.