What are Thread Veins?
Thread veins, sometimes known as spider veins, are tiny veins
that are usually red, blue or purple and are found on the skin of
the legs. The correct medical terminology for these veins are
telangiectasia. They are usually 1mm or less in diameter and
both men and women can suffer from these.
How are they Treated?
Sclerotherapy is the most common and successful treatment for
thread veins on the legs. An irritant solution is injected
into the veins by a very small needle and this causes the vessel
wall to collapse. Compression garments are worn and in time
the vessel will heal and fade, usually within 3 months but it may
take longer. Initially the vessels will appear darker and
will look worse before they get better. Depending on the
severity of the thread veins subsequent treatments may be
Are there any side-effects?
No procedure is risk free and the two most common side effects
are a brown discolouration or matting at injection points, both
will fade in time however and more rarely there is a possibility of
an allergic reaction or an ulcer may appear at the injection site.
This will all be discussed at consultation.
After Treatment Care
Compression garments should be worn as instructed
No sauna's, steam rooms or hot baths for 10-14 days
No excessive exercise or weight training for a week