Facial Thread Veins
Swelling, Redness, Itching, Bruising
24-48 hours, no downtime
Facial thread veins — broken blood vessels or “spider veins” — occur due to enlarged blood vessels just beneath the surface of your skin.
This results in small, fine, red lines that spread out into web-like pattern; hence the name spider veins.
Though these thread veins can develop anywhere on the body, they are more common on the face and legs. The medical term for the condition is telangiectasia.
Facial Thread veins that appear on the facial area are mostly harmless, but they make people suffer from the condition to feel uncomfortable with how they look. Facial thread veins can be divided into:
Usually, these broken capillaries occur around the nose and on the cheeks.
The person affected appears to be blushing, and the veins are visible in red, purple or blue colours.
Our cosmetic doctor assesses your condition at our free initial consultation and recommends the duration of each session, as well as the number of sessions that will be required to reverse the condition.
The process involves inserting a fine needle into the broken capillaries. Our expert cosmetic doctors make sure that the needle is inserted into the vein and not into the surrounding tissue. This helps to prevent tissue burn and ensures that the procedure continues as planned.
Once the needle is correctly placed, a minute quantity of electric current is passed through the needle. This heats up the vein and removes the discolouration.
The process might cause slight discomfort, and so a local anaesthetic cream is usually applied to alleviate the issue. The process is repeated until all the areas that was identified in the initial consultation has been covered.
At the beginning of the treatment, your skin is cleansed thoroughly with a cleanser. After that a chemical skin peel solution is cautiously applied on your skin.
It will remain on your skin for few minutes depending on the type of skin and peel and then it is removed.
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Facial thread veins are quite common and there are a variety of factors that can lead to this skin condition. However, most common ones are genetic and hormonal. Other factors include advancing age, where the veins start to lose their elasticity.
This non-invasive procedure takes place fast and provides quick results in one session. However, you may require more than one treatment or a top-up treatment after 2-4 weeks for optimum results.
It largely depends on the concern of individuals and the desired outcomes. You can purchase these in the form of package which is available at reduced prices.
The frequency of IPL sessions usually depends upon the size, colour and age of your thread veins. Generally, you may require 3 to 6 appointments to address the issue. Moreover, it takes relatively longer to break down larger, older veins.
The results also vary from person to person, and it can take 2-3 weeks to see the final results.
Thread Veins have no known causes, but there are some links. Some of these links are:
No, facial thread veins are not to be feared. While they are unpleasant, they rarely result in major health problems. Varicose veins, on the other hand, are larger and can cause painful blood clots or ulcers, especially around the ankles.
Though the actual cause of the facial thread veins or spider veins is not known, however, there are some simple steps that you can take to avoid them.
A nutritious diet (for example, grapes and Vitamin C, E, and K) can also assist in reducing risk. You may also use food supplements to fulfil your daily nutrition requirements.
Redness and damaged blood vessels can result from even moderate alcohol consumption in certain people. Therefore, it is advised to limit or avoid such risk factors altogether.
It is recommended that you have the chemical skin peel treatment ideally in winter season because during winter the skin is less exposed to sun. You should not undertake the treatment if you are going on holiday to a country with hot climate or before any special occasion. It is important to note that it is always advisable to apply sun screen and particularly after having the skin peel treatment.
There are a variety of non-invasive treatment options for Facial Thread Veins, that do not carry any serious risks or complications. Moreover, the downtime is minimal especially you follow and aftercare advice of your doctor.
Some of the common treatments for Facial Thread Veins Are:
Electrodesiccation is a non-laser, precision-based procedure that is ideal for treating small areas of the face. It effectively dehydrates the tiny capillaries visible on your skin. Moreover, it is minimally invasive and quite a safe treatment, causing mild discomfort.
The process involves inserting a fine needle into the broken capillaries. Our experts make sure that the needle is inserted into the vein and not into the surrounding tissue. This helps to prevent tissue burn and ensures that the procedure continues as planned.
A weak electric current is passed through the needle to seal off the blood vessels responsible for spider veins. This process heats the vein and removes the discolouration.
The process might cause slight discomfort, and so a local anaesthetic cream is usually applied to alleviate the issue. It is important to repeat the procedure several times to treat all the affected areas effectively.
The results are almost immediate of the thread veins treatment, and the entire procedure is quite fast as well. Since the electrocautery is quite precise, the surrounding healthy skin is not affected in any way during your treatment.
Thread veins can affect both men and women of all ages. Facial thread veins impact an increasing number of people as they become older. Moreover, females are also more likely than males to have facial vein problems.
Nevertheless, facial thread veins are a common condition in the UK and are successfully treated as well.
The requirement of laser therapy sessions depends upon a variety of factors as well as the severity of your problem. Generally, a series of 2-6 treatments that is 4-6 weeks apart is recommended.
It is best to have a detailed consultation with your doctor before and after your treatment to assess your concern better.
The treated area may feel hot for a few minutes or so after your procedure and may also look slightly flushed. However, the side reactions of the treatments are different for different patients and may usually take 10-14 days to settle down.
A small blister may form, and there may be a temporary whitening or darkening of the skin that fades within a few weeks. However, this is quite rare.
There is usually no significant recovery period after laser therapy. However, some aftercare will be necessary to avoid any complication as well as to achieve desirable results. Following are some of the important instructions after your treatment:
Even though spider veins do not cause any harm, not any additional symptoms, however, if you are bothered by their appearance, you may seek professional help. The doctor will be able to help to determine the underlying cause and prescribe you, its treatment.
There are, however, some cases where facial thread veins may indicate an underlying medical condition. This may be better assessed by a doctor who will examine them and provide the diagnosis.
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