Sclerotherapy thread vein treatment for smooth summer skin
More skin on show helps keep us cool. But if flashing our flesh leaves us self-conscious about our thread veins, it’s not so cool.
But there’s great news. Unlikely many annoying problems in life, thread veins are relatively easy to get rid of.
The technique we’ve found to be most reliable is sclerotherapy, which is why it’s our go-to thread vein treatment at our clinics.
Want rid of those wiggly wonders spoiling the beautiful canvas that is your skin? Read our guide to sclerotherapy thread vein treatment and how it works…
What are thread veins?
Thread veins are teeny blood vessels that sit just beneath the skin’s surface, and appear as fine red or purple wiggly lines. They’re sometimes referred to as ‘broken veins’, which is a bit misleading. The veins aren’t actually broken – just enlarged.
How do they occur?
They happen when the capillaries are put under extra pressure and become permanently dilated – hence visible through the skin.
This dilation can be caused by many things, including hormonal changes, excessive sunbathing, alcohol, exposure to wind or extreme temperatures, cortico-steroid medication and radiotherapy.
We get more sensitive to these factors as we age and the blood vessels lose elasticity, making thread veins more likely to appear as we get older.
Though we may not like the look of them, thread veins aren’t harmful or dangerous. However, if not treated, they do tend to become larger and increase in number over time.
So how does thread vein treatment work?
Treatment with sclerotherapy is a simple process, but does require a skilled practitioner. It involves injecting the veins with a ‘sclerosing’ agent which makes the vein walls stick together so blood can’t easily pass through.
With no blood pressure to keep them open, the veins collapse and are harmlessly cleared away and reabsorbed by the body.
Each treatment takes around 45-60 minutes, and you may need a course of treatments to achieve the best results.
What will my skin look like after thread vein treatment?
Immediately after treatment, the veins should be gone. Invisible. No more. But you mustn’t get too excited just yet. Over the next few days, you’ll start to develop small scabs where the veins were. These will persist for a few days, but eventually fall off naturally – revealing clear, vein-free skin.
Are the results permanent?
Your practitioner will invite you back for a follow-up to see if you need any further treatment. But once the treatment is complete, the veins are usually gone (or at least dramatically improved) on a long-term basis – around 2 years on average.
However, if you’re prone to thread veins, you’re likely to develop new ones at some stage. The great news is that if and when that happens, you can have those veins treated in the same way.
Can sclerotherapy treat bigger veins – like varicose veins?
While it’s great for veins over 4mm in diameter, sclerotherapy isn’t really recommended for varicose veins. More reliable results are usually achieved from surgical removal – physically ‘stripping out’ the varicose veins.
Want to find out more about thread vein treatment?
Clinical Lead Mel Recchia is our resident expert in sclerotherapy. Click to hear Mel talk about the treatment below:
To book a free consultation with Mel, please give the team a call on 01844 318825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, fill in our quick contact form and we’ll be in touch with you soon.