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Thread Vein Removal

Facial thread veins or broken red veins (properly called telangiectasia) are small unsightly superficial red, purple or blue veins which appear around the body. These broken veins occur when the veins dilate and become larger so they are visible through the transparency of the skin.

TVS1a1 in 5 women in their 20s suffers from thread veins, rising to about 50% over the age of 50. They usually occur mainly on the face, legs, as well as other more sensitive areas of the body. IPL and Laser systems are very effective treatments for removal of thread veins, spider veins, flare veins and microveins. It can provide a long-term solution with virtually no downtime.

There are no obvious causes, but age, hormonal changes and environmental factors such sun damage, wind/extreme temperatures may provoke their development. Women are more prone to them than men.

The process is that the machine is set to a wavelength that only targets the pigment in the blood vessels, so it doesn't affect the surrounding skin or tissue and causes no damage. The light energy heats up the vein, causing the walls of the blood vessel to collapse and then it is harmlessly absorbed by the body.

TVS3aNo anaesthesia or pain medication is required. Short term side effects include slight reddening of the skin or local swelling which disappears in a few days. Several treatments may be required depending upon the severity and density of the vessels. You can resume normal activities immediately following a treatment. With successful vein removal treatment the skin looks more smooth and youthful. However, thread vein removal does not prevent new veins from forming. If new veins appear over time, further treatments may be needed.


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Note: although varicose veins are part and parcel of the same circulatory disorder, these cannot be treated and you should consult your doctor.

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