Sometimes known as spider or broken veins, thread veins are small prominent veins that appear just below your skin surface, commonly on your face and legs. They tend to branch and give a spidery sort of pattern hence their common name. Thread veins are completely harmless.
What causes thread veins?
A number of factors contribute to the appearance of thread veins on your skin, but they are all related fundamentally to placing pressure on capillaries and finer veins, resulting in damage or expansion. These factors include:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Leg injuries
- Hormonal changes
Thread veins signs and symptoms
Thread veins can be completely asymptomatic, but can cause redness, swelling heaviness or discomfort in the affected areas.
Treatments for thread veins
The most effective proven treatment for thread veins is laser therapy, which removes unwanted veins using brief pulses of laser light. The laser works safely and only on the thread veins, leaving your surrounding skin unharmed.
You may experience some bruising or swelling after treatment, but this should end within 72 hours. You can have this treatment on most areas of your face, neck and legs.
There is often a visible reduction in unwanted veins by as much as 75 per cent with one to three treatments and the results are permanent.