Thread veins, or spider veins as they are more commonly known, are usually found on the face and legs. For many people, they can cause both embarrassment and distress, especially when they are on the face as they are hard to disguise. Although thread veins on the face are not harmful to our health, they can affect our mental health and well-being, and for this reason, many people undergo thread vein removal.
WHAT CAUSES THREAD VEINS?
Veins enable blood to flow around the body towards the heart. Blood flows in one direction because of the veins’ one-way valve. When a vein becomes damaged, blocked or weakened, this valve can bulge, resulting in blood leaking that then results in the formation of thread veins. Broken veins on the face usually appear when tiny blood vessels known as capillaries burst.
WHY DO YOU DEVELOP THREAD VEINS?
There are various reasons why some people are more susceptible to developing thread veins. One risk factor is that of genetics. If your mother or father has thread veins then you are more likely to develop them. Pregnancy is also another risk factor, due to the increase in blood pressure and stress on the body. You are more likely to develop thread veins if you are a woman, are overweight and if you have a job where you spend the majority of your day standing up. Prolonged sun exposure can also cause damage to the skin, resulting in broken blood vessels.
THREAD VEIN TREATMENT
So, if you develop thread veins, can they be removed? Well, the good news is that there are various options for thread vein removal on the face and body. The most popular option is that of IPL (Intense Pulse Light) therapy. IPL is a laser treatment for thread veins, that directs intense light at the spider veins so that they are broken down and digested by the body. Laser thread vein removal is non-invasive and pain-free.
MedSkin Clinic provides IPL therapy as a treatment for thread veins on the face, legs and rest of the body. To find out more about IPL, thread vein removal costs or to book your free consultation, get in touch with us today!