What are Thread Veins?
Thread veins are technically known as telangiectasia. Thread veins or spider veins as they are also known, are tiny dilated blood vessels that run close to the surface of the skin, making red or purple wiggly lines.
Thread veins are often thought of as broken but in fact they are just slightly enlarged and prominent. They are most common on the legs and the face.
What Causes Thread Veins?
As a person ages, or are exposed to certain conditions, the blood vessels become more elastic, and the valves which normally control the flow of blood start to weaken. This means that blood can start to flow back down the vein, rather than continuing its normal course, this can cause the vein to enlarge slightly and become more prominent.
Thread veins do not correspond to any underlying medical condition, but can be caused by hormonal changes associated with menopause and pregnancy, they can also develop due to too much sun exposure, being overweight, wind exposure, extremes in temperature, some medication or a course of radiotherapy; and sometimes they just seem to run in families.
How We Can Help:
Thread veins respond well to IPL and it is an excellent non-invasive treatment for removing these spidery red or purple lines from your skin.
IPL works to treat thread veins by firing short bursts of light of different wavelengths onto the affected area. This light is absorbed by the haemoglobin in the thread veins, causing those blood vessels damage. Eventually the veins break down and are reabsorbed by the body. IPL effectively treats thread veins while minimising harmful effects to surrounding healthy tissue.
A course of treatments and the thread veins will be gone, and you will have your skin back to how you want it.
Your Next Step:
The first thing you should do is book yourself in for a free consultation. There is no need do anything before your consultation, though arriving without any makeup on can be helpful.
During the consultation, you will show the affected areas to the technician who will be able to recommend the best course of treatments and answer any questions that you may have.
Following that you will have a free patch test. That is the use of the IPL equipment on a small affected area to see how your skin reacts to it. Once you have shown no adverse reactions to the trial you can get booked in for a full course of treatments.