Face Thread Veins

Face Thread Veins

What are they?

Thread veins are tiny, dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin. They can give the face an older, flushed appearance. They can also be quite difficult to cover up, as they usually present themselves as dark purply or red lines on the face. Over time, and with environmental stress such as sun exposure our blood vessels lose their elasticity, causing them to break.


Thread veins can worsen over time and one of the best options of permanently getting rid of them is with Thermocoagulation, which involves sealing the affected vein, immediately making it disappear. For exceptional results we would suggest using For exceptional results River Aesthetics recommend using Thread Vein Removal (Thermavein).


What are facial thread veins?

Thread veins, also known as spider veins or telangiectasia are thin veins, which are close to the skin surface which have become enlarged, and hence visible and unsightly.

What causes them?

There is no single cause for their appearance however they can develop more with increasing age and can often be associated with hormonal changes. It is thought that there is a genetic tendency towards thread veins, but other environmental factors such as exposure to sun, exposure to extreme wind or temperatures, and certain medications are all thought to contribute/aggravate the condition. They are also associated with skin conditions such as rosacea and acne.

Are they dangerous?

Thread veins are not dangerous, but they can become more prominent and cause greater cosmetic concern over time.

When should they be treated?

Ideally thread veins should be treated as soon as possible, as they have the potential to develop further, and become more difficult to treat in time.

What is Thermo-coagulation?

Thermo-coagulation is a process whereby a small burst of energy is delivered, through an insulated needle, directly into the vein.  The heat from this energy causes the blood in the vein to coagulate (solidify), which in turn causes the vein to collapse.  The tiny collapsed vein is then absorbed by the body, with no after effect

What are the aftereffects?

There will be an initial redness in the treated area, but this should quickly fade on the day of treatment. On the second day crusting may develop at the treated areas, but these will settle within a few days. A concealer can be used on the scabs from the day after treatment, if required.

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