Thread veins, or spider veins as they are more commonly known, are usually found on the face and legs. For many individuals they can cause both embarrassment and distress, especially when they are on the face, as they are hard to disguise with make-up. Although thread veins are not harmful to our health, they can be affect our mental health and well-being, and for this reason many people choose to have them removed.
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. They usually appear on the face when tiny blood vessels known as capillaries burst.
Reasons for developing 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 also 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.
Treating thread veins
So, if you develop thread veins, can they be removed? Well, the good news is that there are various treatment options available. The most popular option is that of IPL (Intense Pulse Light) therapy. This is when an intense light is directed at the thread veins so that they are broken down and digested by the body. This treatment is non invasive and does not hurt.
MedSkin Clinic provide IPL therapy for the removal of thread veins. To find out more about IPL and to book your free consultation, please do visit our website and get in touch with us today.