Unsightly thread veins are common among men and women and can be
embarrassing. They can appear on the skin as dots, bulges,
splotches and spider shapes and can range in colour from vivid
red to deep purple.
Thread veins are different to varicose veins, which are much
larger and can be felt on the skin. Unlike varicose veins
which raise concerns because they are
generally linked to underlying problems with
the circulation which can also lead to additional
disorders, thread veins are not seen as a medical problem but more
of a cosmetic issue.
The cause of thread veins can be down to a combination of
Most facial veins are caused by environmental factors such as
sun and wind damage. However, there may also be a genetic
predisposition to the problem. Men are often concerned that facial
veins give the impression they drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
Whilst alcohol does not cause the veins to appear, it can
contribute to a dilated appearance.
Other triggers for facial flushing include coffee, tea, heat,
exercise and emotion. Other causes can also be attributed to
hereditary factors, oral contraception and hormone
Treat unsightly veins
A course of treatments is usually devised for patients depending
on the type, visibility and severity of the veins. One of our
experienced therapists will take an assessment of the veins
during a free consultation and advice the best course of
Recommended treatments for veins:
• Laser IPL
• LED light therapy
Q: Can you treat veins that appear on the body as well as
A: Yes veins that appear anywhere can be
Q: How many sessions will I need?
A: Sometimes veins disappear after just one treatment but
a course of 3-6 is usually recommeneded.
Q: Are treatments painful?
A: Tolerance of pain is very individual from person to
person. No anaesthetics are required, and most people describe the
sensation as similar to that of a rubber band snapping onto the
skin, followed by a warm sensation lasting several minutes. You may
find it comforting to cool the skin after the treatment; but most
people find the treatment extremely tolerable and do not need to
cool the skin. We do however apply aloe vera and a hydrating serum,
and we ensure that you do not leave the clinic feeling too hot. We
also offer a mineral make-over completely free of charge so you
leave looking great. For men (or women) who do not want this
option, you are welcome to relax with a drink, some refreshments
and magazines, to allow any redness (if indeed there is any) to